Daniel 5:25

The Inscription's Interpretation

25 "This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN

Daniel 5:25 Meaning and Commentary

Daniel 5:25

And this is the writing that was written
They are such and such letters, and so to be read, as follows: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN;
which are Chaldee words, and may be literally rendered, "he hath numbered, he hath numbered"; that is, God hath certainly, perfectly, and exactly numbered; "he hath weighed", God hath weighed thee, Belshazzar; "and they divide the kingdom"; that is, the Medes and Persians, as appears from the following interpretation:

Daniel 5:25 In-Context

23 Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. The vessels from His house were brought to you, and as you and your nobles, wives, and concubines drank wine from them, you praised the gods made of silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or understand. But you have not glorified the God who holds your life-breath in His hand and who controls the whole course of your life.
24 Therefore, He sent the hand, and this writing was inscribed.
25 "This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN
26 This is the interpretation of the message: MENE [means that] God has numbered [the days of] your kingdom and brought it to an end.
27 TEKEL [means that] you have been weighed in the balance and found deficient.