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""Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin"" by Marcel Dooijewaard

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During the drunken feast, Belshazzar uses the holy golden and silver vessels, from Solomon's Temple, to praise 'the gods of gold and silver, brass, iron, wood, and stone'. Soon afterward, disembodied fingers appear and write on the wall of the royal palace the words:

מנא ,מנא, תקל, ופרסין

Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin

The advisors attempt to interpret the meaning. However, their natural denotations of weights and measures were superficially meaningless: "two minas, a shekel and two parts". Therefore, the King sends for Daniel, an exiled Israelite taken from Jerusalem, who had served in high office under Nebuchadnezzar. Rejecting offers of reward, Daniel warns the king of the folly of his arrogant blasphemy before reading the text. The meaning that Daniel decrypts from these words is based on passive verbs corresponding to the measure names, "numbered, weighed, divided."

And this is the writing that was inscribed: mina, mina, shekel, half-mina. This is the interpretation of the matter: mina, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; shekel, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; half-mina, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.- Daniel 5:25-28

Although usually left untranslated in English translations of Daniel, these words are known Aramaic names of measures of currency: MENE, a mina (from the root meaning "to count"), TEKEL, a spelling of shekel (from the root meaning "to weigh"), PERES, half a mina (from the root meaning "to divide", but additionally resembling the word for "Persia"). The last word (prs) he read as peres not parsin. His free choice of interpretation and decoding revealed the menacing subtext: "Thou art weighed in the balance and art found wanting." This is the reason I use yhe word Upharsin (Ufarsin). Upharsin is a more commen word, it says "Divine over other people/group of people". The divine menace against the dissolute Belshazzar, whose kingdom was to be divided between the Medes and Persians, was swiftly realized. That very night King Belshazzar is slain, and Darius the Mede becomes King.

At these day`s, we use "the writing on the wall" which is comming from this story. "The writing on the wall" is also a bad omen.

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'"Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin"':
 • Created by: :-) Marcel Dooijewaard
 • Copyright: ©Marcel Dooijewaard. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Tekel, Mene, Upharsin
 • Categories: Angels, Religious, Spiritual, Holy, Magic and Sorcery, Spells, etc.
 • Techniques: 3D-program, Photoshop
 • Submitted: 2012-06-19 10:42:47
 • Views: 654
 • Resolution: 1000x1031

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