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Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin (mēˈnē, mēˈnē, tēˈkəl, yōfärˈsĭn) [key], in the Bible, the mysterious riddle written by a hand on the wall at Belshazzar's feast. These Aramaic words may be translated literally as, "It has been counted and counted, weighed and divided." Daniel interpreted this to mean that the king's deeds had been weighed and found deficient and that his kingdom would therefore be divided.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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