Mene mene tekel upharsin

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Daniel interpreted these words (which were perhaps nouns for several weights or coins), which were written on the wall of Belshazzar's palace. They had baffled the wise men of Babylon (Dan. 5: 25–8). He claimed they meant ‘to number’, ‘to weigh’, ‘to divide’, adding up to a message of doom: the kingdom would shortly be divided between the Medes and the Persians.

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