Daniel 5:27
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New International Version
Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

New Living Translation
[Tekel] means 'weighed'--you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up.

English Standard Version
TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;

New American Standard Bible
"'TEKEL '-- you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient.

King James Bible
TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
TEKEL means that you have been weighed in the balance and found deficient.

International Standard Version
TEKEL: You've been weighed on the scales—and you don't measure up.

NET Bible
As for teqel--you are weighed on the balances and found to be lacking.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Weighed-you have been weighed on a scale and found to be too light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting.

King James 2000 Bible
TEKEL; you are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.

American King James Version
TEKEL; You are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.

American Standard Version
TEKEL; thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

Douay-Rheims Bible
THECEL: thou art weighed in the balance, and art found wanting.

Darby Bible Translation
TEKEL, Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting;

English Revised Version
TEKEL; thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

Webster's Bible Translation
TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

World English Bible
TEKEL; you are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.

Young's Literal Translation
Weighed -- Thou art weighed in the balances, and hast been found lacking.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:18-31 Daniel reads Belshazzar's doom. He had not taken warning by the judgments upon Nebuchadnezzar. And he had insulted God. Sinners are pleased with gods that neither see, nor hear, nor know; but they will be judged by One to whom all things are open. Daniel reads the sentence written on the wall. All this may well be applied to the doom of every sinner. At death, the sinner's days are numbered and finished; after death is the judgment, when he will be weighed in the balance, and found wanting; and after judgment the sinner will be cut asunder, and given as a prey to the devil and his angels. While these things were passing in the palace, it is considered that the army of Cyrus entered the city; and when Belshazzar was slain, a general submission followed. Soon will every impenitent sinner find the writing of God's word brought to pass upon him, whether he is weighed in the balance of the law as a self-righteous Pharisee, or in that of the gospel as a painted hypocrite.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

TEKEL,.... As for the meaning of this word, and what it points at, it is this:

thou art weighed in the balances: of justice and truth, in the holy righteous law of God; as gold, and jewels, and precious stones, are weighed in the scales by the goldsmith and jeweller with great exactness, to know the worth of them:

and art found wanting; found to be adulterated gold, reprobate silver, bad coin, a false stone; found to be a worthless man, a wicked prince, wanting the necessary qualifications of wisdom, goodness, mercy, truth, and justice. The Scriptures of truth, the word of God, contained in the books of the Old and New Testament, are the balances of the sanctuary, in which persons, principles, and practices, are to be weighed; and sad it is where they are found light and wanting: men, both of high and low degree, when put here, are lighter than vanity. The Pharisee, or self-righteous person, when weighed in the balance of God's law, which is holy, just, and good, will be found wanting of that holiness and righteousness he pretends to, and appear to be an unholy and an unrighteous man; his righteousness, neither for the matter of it, nor manner of performing it, being agreeable to that law, and so no righteousness in the sense of it, Deuteronomy 6:25, it being imperfect, and so leaves him to the curse of it, Galatians 3:10, and not being performed in a pure and spiritual manner that it requires, is rejected by it; and miserable will be the case of such a man at the day of judgment, when his works will be found wanting, and not answerable to the demands of a righteous law, and he without the wedding garment of Christ's righteousness, and so naked and speechless. The hypocrite, and formal professor, when weighed in the balance of the Scripture, will be found wanting the true grace of God; his faith will appear to be feigned, and his hope groundless, and his love to be in word and in tongue only, and not at all to answer to the description of true grace given in the word of God; and bad will it be with such persons at last, when at the bridegroom's coming they will be destitute of the oil of true and real grace; only have that which is counterfeit, and the mere lamp of an outward profession, which will then stand them in no stead, or be of any avail unto them: in the same balances are the doctrines and principles of men to be weighed; and, such as are according to them are solid and weighty, and are comparable to gold, silver, and precious stones; but such as are not are light, and like wood, hay, and stubble, which the fire of the word will reveal, try, and burn up, not being able to stand against it; and if these are weighed in the balances, they will be found wanting of real truth and goodness, and be but as chaff to wheat; and what is the one to the other? there is no comparison between them; and dreadful will be the case of false teachers, that make and teach an abomination and a lie; and of those that are given up to believe them, these will not be able to stand the trying hour of temptation, and much less the last and final judgment. Sad for preachers of the word to be found wanting in their ministry, and hearers to be wanting in their duty; not taking care neither what they hear, nor how they hear, or whether they put in practice the good they do hear.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. weighed in the balances—The Egyptians thought that Osiris weighed the actions of the dead in a literal balance. The Babylonians may have had the same notion, which would give a peculiar appropriateness to the image here used.

found wanting—too light before God, the weigher of actions (1Sa 2:3; Ps 62:9). Like spurious gold or silver (Jer 6:30).

Daniel 5:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
Daniel Interprets the Handwriting
26"This is the interpretation of the message: 'MENE '-- God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. 27"'TEKEL '-- you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient. 28"'PERES '-- your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians."…
Cross References
Job 31:6
let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless--

Psalm 62:9
Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.

Proverbs 16:2
All a person's ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

Ezekiel 5:1
"Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber's razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.
Treasury of Scripture

TEKEL; You are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.

Thou.

Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know my integrity.

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

Jeremiah 6:30 Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD has rejected them.

Ezekiel 22:18-20 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are …

art.

Matthew 22:11,12 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which …

1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare …

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