Old Testament

Wisdom and Poetical Books

What was the meaning of the writing?

The words were “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin.” Each of the words has to do with measurement or weight. The word “Mene” meant that God had numbered the days of Belshazzar’s kingdom. The word “Tekel” meant that God had weighed Belshazzar as a human being, and found him lacking. The word “Parsin” meant that Belshazzar’s kingdom would be divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. That night, Belshazzar was killed, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom.


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