Daniel 5:26
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English Standard Version
This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;

King James Bible
This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

American Standard Version
This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and brought it to an end;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this is the interpretation of the word. MANE: God hath numbered thy kingdom, and hath finished it.

English Revised Version
This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and brought it to an end.

Webster's Bible Translation
This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When Daniel knew from the answer of the chief that he would grant the request if he were only free from personal responsibility in the matter, he turned himself to the officer who was under the chief chamberlain, whom they were immediately subject to, and entreated him to make trial for ten days, permitting them to use vegetables and water instead of the costly provision and the wine furnished by the king, and to deal further with them according as the result would be. המּלצר, having the article, is to be regarded as an appellative, expressing the business of the calling of the man. The translation, steward or chief cook, is founded on the explanation of the word as given by Haug (Ewald's bibl. Jahrbb. v. p. 159f.) from the New Persian word mel, spirituous liquors, wine, corresponding to the Zendh. madhu (μεθυ), intoxicating drink, and equals צרחara, Sanscr. חiras, the head; hence overseer over the drink, synonymous with רבשׁקה, Isaiah 36:2. - נס נא, try, I beseech thee, thy servants, i.e., try it with us, ten days. Ten, in the decimal system the number of completeness or conclusion, may, according to circumstances, mean a long time or only a proportionally short time. Here it is used in the latter sense, because ten days are sufficient to show the effect of the kind of food on the appearance. זרעים, food from the vegetable kingdom, vegetables, leguminous fruit. Daniel 1:13. מראינוּ is singular, and is used with יראוּ in the plural because two subjects follow. כּאשׁר תּראה, as thou shalt see, viz., our appearance, i.e., as thou shalt then find it, act accordingly. In this proposal Daniel trusted in the help of God, and God did not put his confidence to shame.

(Note: The request is perfectly intelligible from the nature of living faith, without our having recourse to Calvin's supposition, that Daniel had received by secret revelation the assurance that such would be the result if he and his companions were permitted to live on vegetables. The confidence of living faith which hopes in the presence and help of God is fundamentally different from the eager expectation of miraculous interference of a Maccabean Jew, which C. v. Lengerke and other deists and atheists wish to find here in Daniel.)

The youths throve so visibly on the vegetables and water, that the steward relieved them wholly from the necessity of eating from the royal table. Daniel 1:15. בּשׂר בּריאי, fat, well nourished in flesh, is grammatically united to the suffix of מראיהם, from which the pronoun is easily supplied in thought. Daniel 1:16. נשׂא, took away equals no more gave.

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Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

Isaiah 13:1-22 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see...

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Isaiah 21:1-10 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it comes from the desert, from a terrible land...

Isaiah 47:1-15 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans...

Jeremiah 25:11,12 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years...

Jeremiah 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come...

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Cross References
Isaiah 13:6
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it will come!

Isaiah 13:17
Behold, I am stirring up the Medes against them, who have no regard for silver and do not delight in gold.

Jeremiah 27:7
All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes. Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.

Jeremiah 50:41
"Behold, a people comes from the north; a mighty nation and many kings are stirring from the farthest parts of the earth.

Daniel 5:25
And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin.

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