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22. The Handwriting on the Wall

Daniel

Daniel 5: 17- 28

Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. O thou king, the

most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with dew of heaven till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not

glorified: Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.

And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

22. Daniel. Probably of royal blood, was born at Jerusalem about 615 B.C. Carried captive to Babylon 606 B.C. Educated for court service. He rose to chief of the princes of Babylon and ruler of the whole province of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar till about 561 B.C. Belshazzar made him third ruler in the kingdom. Under Darius he became first of the three presidents of the empire. He still retained his prosperity during the reign of Cyrus, 538 B.C. He was one of Israel's four major prophets. This speech was delivered before King Belshazzar and a thousand of his lords at a great banquet, at which the hand startles the banqueters.

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