they praised their
gods and idols of gold and silver, and wood and stone.
when the revelry was at its height, there appeared the fingers of
a man's hand writing strange words on the palace all before the
throng. The music and the laughter ceased. The king grew pale, and
his knees trembled so violently that they knocked together.
cried aloud for his wise men and said, "Whosoever shall read
this writing and tell me its meaning shall be clothed in royal
scarlet, have a chain of gold about his neck, and be third ruler
in the kingdom."
But none of the
wise men could even read the writing.
wife remembered Daniel, whom Nebuchadnezzar had made governor of
the wise men, and his power to interpret dreams. So they called
Daniel, and he spoke.
gifts and rewards be given to another; yet I will read the writing
and make known its interpretation.
not profited by your father's experience: you have drunk wine from
the sacred vessels of God's temple: you have praised gods
and images of gold, silver, iron, wood, and stone, which see not,
nor hear nor know; yet you have not glorified God, Who holds your
very breath in His hand.
of the hand were sent from God. The writing that was writteni s
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN, and it means: God has numbered the
days of your kingdom. You have been weighed in the balances and
found wanting. Your kingdom shall be divided and given to the
Medes and Persians."
Belshazzar did as
he had promised. Daniel was clothed in royal scarlet, a chain of
gold was put about his neck, and he was made third ruler in the
Yet in that very
night Belshazzar, king of Babylon and the Chaldeans, was slain.
Darius, the young ruler of the Medes and the Persians, took over