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The Bible in 100 Words – Daniel Chapter 5

מנא, מנא, תקל, ופרסין

King Belshazzar had a feast.
For a thousand wealthy lords,
He committed blasphemy,
Punished with words on a wall.

Words with hidden meanings,
But no one could read the verse,
His wife named Daniel the Prophet.
Who’d know how to follow the curse.

Daniel assenting, said to the king,
‘Let thy gifts be to thyself,
send thy rewards somewhere else,
I have no desire for your wealth.’

He read out the meaning, and cursed him aloud.
The king died later that night.
Words can be deadly, as Daniel did prove.
As is poison administered just right.

Belshazzar’s Feast



From the Compendium of One Hundred Word Stories



2 thoughts on “The Bible in 100 Words – Daniel Chapter 5

  1. Yes, I have read this portion of scripture. Mene Mene Thekel Uparsin —the hand writing on the wall. Yes, it’s a real mystery of God, Anand Bose from Kerala

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    1. Hello and nice to see you again!

      I love this chapter because of all the hidden messages we can imagine. I could write a book of sermons on the direct messages alone, never mind my perceived ones (hence the added poison part)!

      I stumbled across the chapter again yesterday by a lovely ‘coincidence’ relating to the lyrics of a song I hadn’t realised the message of. The lines that suddenly ‘had new meaning’ were:

      “A movement is accomplished in six stages.
      And the seventh brings return.”

      I’ve been listening to this particular album since I was very young, but never understood the words until I read it as poetry, rather than listening to it as a song.

      Hope you’re having a great day!

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