Belshazzar the king held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand.
When Belshazzar tasted the wine, he gave orders to bring the gold and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which [was] in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them.
Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God which [was] in Jerusalem; and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them.
They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
Suddenly the fingers of a man's hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing.
Then the king's face grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip joints went slack and his knees began knocking together.
"Now this is the inscription that was written out: 'MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.'
"This is the interpretation of the message: 'MENE '-- God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it.
"'TEKEL '-- you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient.
"'PERES '-- your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians."
Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they clothed Daniel with purple and [put] a necklace of gold around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he [now] had authority as the third [ruler] in the kingdom.
That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain.