little respect for Belshazzar.5:18-24
“Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty andgreatness and glory and splendor.
Because of the high position he gave him, all thenations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted toput to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted topromote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.
But when hisheart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throneand stripped of his glory.
He was driven away from people and given the mind of ananimal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body wasdrenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God issovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.
“But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this.
Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the gobletsfrom his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubinesdrank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood andstone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holdsin his hand your life and all your ways.
Therefore he sent the hand that wrote theinscription.
Daniel is showing his respect for Nebuchadnezzar and is basically saying toBelshazzar, “You are most definitely NOT your father!”The words on the wall weren't that difficult to READ for the magicians. It was themeaning of it all.MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSINThe words are Aramaic and form a sequence of weights, decreasing from a mina, to ashekel (1/60th of a mina), to a half-shekel.Read as verbs (with different vowels attached to the Aramaic consonants), thesequence becomes: “Numbered, numbered, weighed, and divided.” The Lord hadnumbered the days of Belshazzar’s kingdom and brought it to an end because he hadbeen weighed in the balance and found wanting (v.
). The repetition of “numbered” may
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