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mene, mene, tekel, upharsin

[ mee-nee, mee-nee, tek-uhl, yoo-fahr-sin ]
/ ˈmi ni, ˈmi ni, ˈtɛk əl, yuˈfɑr sɪn /
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Aramaic.

numbered, numbered, weighed, divided: the miraculous writing on the wall interpreted by Daniel as foretelling the destruction of Belshazzar and his kingdom. Daniel 5:25–31.

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Origin of mene, mene, tekel, upharsin

Ultimately from Aramaic mnʾ mnʾ tql prs (without vowel markings) and in Daniel's first reading (with vowel markings) mĕnēʾ mĕnēʾ tĕqēl ūpharsīn , equivalent to mĕnēʾ “a mina (a unit of weight and value)” + tĕqēl “a shekel (a unit of weight and a coin, especially the ancient Hebrew silver shekel)” + ū- “and” + pharsīn “two (?) half minas.” Daniel's interpretation is an elaborate pun, mnʾ mnʾ tql prs now being read mĕnāh “he has measured” + tĕqal “he has weighed” + pĕras “he has divided (your kingdom).” Prs may also be read pāras “Persia, Persians,” a punning reference to the Medes and Perisans, who will capture Babylon; see Parsee,

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British Dictionary definitions for mene, mene, tekel, upharsin

mene, mene, tekel, upharsin
/ (ˈmiːniː ˈmiːniː ˈtɛkəl juːˈfɑːsɪn) /

noun

Old Testament the words that appeared on the wall during Belshazzar's Feast (Daniel 5:25), interpreted by Daniel to mean that God had doomed the kingdom of Belshazzar

Word Origin for mene, mene, tekel, upharsin

Aramaic: numbered, numbered, weighed, divided
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