NETBible KJV GRK-HEB XRef Arts Hymns
  Discovery Box

Daniel 5:25-29

Context

5:25 “This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, 1  TEQEL, and PHARSIN. 2  5:26 This is the interpretation of the words: 3  As for mene 4  – God has numbered your kingdom’s days and brought it to an end. 5:27 As for teqel – you are weighed on the balances and found to be lacking. 5:28 As for peres 5  – your kingdom is divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.”

5:29 Then, on Belshazzar’s orders, 6  Daniel was clothed in purple, a golden collar was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed third ruler in the kingdom.

1 tc The Greek version of Theodotion lacks the repetition of מְנֵא (mÿne’, cf. NAB).

2 tc The Aramaic word is plural. Theodotion has the singular (cf. NAB “PERES”).

3 tn Or “word” or “event.” See HALOT 1915 s.v. מִלָּה.

4 tn The Aramaic term מְנֵא (mÿne’) is a noun referring to a measure of weight. The linkage here to the verb “to number” (Aram. מְנָה, mÿnah) is a case of paronomasia rather than strict etymology. So also with תְּקֵל (tÿqel) and פַרְסִין (farsin). In the latter case there is an obvious wordplay with the name “Persian.”

5 sn Peres (פְּרֵס) is the singular form of פַרְסִין (pharsin) in v. 25.

6 tn Aram “Belshazzar spoke.”



TIP #19: Use the Study Dictionary to learn and to research all aspects of 20,000+ terms/words. [ALL]
created in 0.05 seconds
powered by bible.org