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.
Darby 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Tekel - This word (תקל teqēl) is also, according to Gesenius, a passive participle (from תקל teqal - "to poise, to weigh"), and means "weighed." It would be used with reference to anything placed in a balance to ascertain its weight; and hence, like the word "measure," would denote that the extent, dimensions, true worth, or character of anything was ascertained. As by the use of scales the weight of anything is known, so the word is applied to any estimate of character or of actions, and a balance becomes the emblem of justice. Thus God, in his judgments of men, is represented as "weighing" their actions. 1 Samuel 2:3, "the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed." Compare Job 6:2 :
"O that my grief were thoroughly weighed,
And my calamity laid in the balances together."
Library"So Then they that are in the Flesh Cannot Please God. "
Rom. viii. 8.--"So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." It is a kind of happiness to men, to please them upon whom they depend, and upon whose favour their well-being hangs. It is the servant's happiness to please his master, the courtier's to please his prince; and so generally, whosoever they be that are joined in mutual relations, and depend one upon another; that which makes all pleasant, is this, to please one another. Now, certainly, all the dependencies of creatures one upon …
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Meditations Before Dinner and Supper.
The Chorus of Angels
Let Him weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know my integrity.
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.
"As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword; take and use it as a barber's razor on your head and beard. Then take scales for weighing and divide the hair.
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