New International Version
"This is the inscription that was written: mene, mene, tekel, parsin
King James Bible
And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
Darby Bible Translation
And this is the writing that is written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
World English Bible
This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
Young's Literal Translation
and this is the writing that is noted down: Numbered, Numbered, Weighed, and Divided.
Daniel 5:25 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And this is the writing - Had the words been written in the Chaldean character, every wise man there, every one that could read the alphabet of his own language, could have read and interpreted them. Let it be observed, -
1. That the character which we now call Hebrew is the Chaldean character.
2. That the true Hebrew character is that which we call the Samaritan.
3. Daniel could easily read this, for it was the character used by the Jews previously to the Babylonish captivity.
4. It appears that it was simply on account of the strangeness of the character that the Chaldeans could not read it.
I shall set down the words in both characters, by which the least learned reader may see that it was quite possible that one might be well known, while the other might be unintelligible.
In ancient times, no doubt, these letters differed more from each other than they appear to do now; for we know that the Samaritan on ancient coins, though radically the same, differs very much from that now used in printing.
It should be observed, that each word stands for a short sentence; מנא mene signifies Numeration; תקל tekel, Weighing; and פרש peres, Division. And so the Arabic translates them mokeeson, measured; mewzonon, weighed; mokesoomon, divided. All the ancient Versions, except the Syriac, read the words simply Mene, Tekel, Phares, as they are explained in the following verses; without the repetition of Mene, and without the conjunction ו vau and plural termination, ין in, in Peres.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
MENE. Had these words been written in the Chaldean character, every one who knew the alphabet of the language could at least have read them: they are pure Chaldee, and literally denote He is numbered, he is numbered; he is weighed; they are divided.
LibraryMene, Tekel, Peres
'Then Daniel answered and said before the king, 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. 18. O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 19. 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; …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
There is a Blessedness in Reversion
The Life and Death of Mr. Badman,
Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
"Here is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
Jump to PreviousDivided Inscribed Inscription MENE Noted Numbered Peres Recorded TEKEL Weighed Writing Written
Jump to NextDivided Inscribed Inscription MENE Noted Numbered Peres Recorded TEKEL Weighed Writing Written
LinksDaniel 5:25 NIV
Daniel 5:25 NLT
Daniel 5:25 ESV
Daniel 5:25 NASB
Daniel 5:25 KJV
Daniel 5:25 Bible Apps
Daniel 5:25 Biblia Paralela
Daniel 5:25 Chinese Bible
Daniel 5:25 French Bible
Daniel 5:25 German Bible
Daniel 5:25 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.