The Prophet Daniel. Artist: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Engraver: G. I, inscribed lower left. Source: Die Bibel in Bildern, Plate 143. Click on image to enlarge it.

And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. [Daniel 5:25-28; King James Bible]

Although Bible in Pictures quotes the prophet’s interpretation of “the writing on the wall,” the picture actually depicts the earlier lines in this chapter that tell when Belshazzar “made a great feast to a thousand of his lords . . . [there] came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote . . . . Then was Daniel brought in before the king” [Daniel 5:1, 5, 13]. — George P. Landow

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Die Bibel in Bildern [Picture Bible] von Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Leipzig: Georg Wigands, 1860. Internet Archive online version of a copy in the Getty Library. Web. 30 June 2016.

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