Daniel 5:26

Hebrew Bible

24 Therefore the palm of a hand was sent from him, and this writing was inscribed. 25 “This is the writing that was inscribed: mene, mene, teqel, and pharsin. 26 This is the interpretation of the words: As for Mene—God has numbered your kingdom’s days and brought it to an end. 27 As for Teqel—you are weighed on the balances and found to be lacking. 28 As for Peres—your kingdom is divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.”

1 Enoch 41:1


1 And after that I saw all the secrets of the heavens, and how the kingdom is divided, and how the actions of men are weighed in the balance. 2 And there I saw the mansions of the elect and the mansions of the holy, and mine eyes saw there all the sinners being driven from thence which deny the name of the Lord of Spirits, and being dragged off: and they could not abide because of the punishment which proceeds from the Lord of Spirits. 3 And there mine eyes saw the secrets of the lightning and of the thunder, and the secrets of the winds, how they are divided to blow over the earth, and the secrets of the clouds and dew, and there I saw from whence they proceed in that place and from whence they saturate the dusty earth.

 Notes and References

"... As we have noted already, however, this is a well-established trope in ancient literature, a point explored in depth recently by Schaper.36 Hence, other biblical passages that employ the metrological imagery in relation to justice (e.g., Daniel 5:26–8) might be considered relevant, but not distinctively so. The suggestion that Daniel 5:26–8 might have distinctively influenced 1 Enoch 41:1, most recently made by Nickelsburg,37 is not without substance, but neither is it strictly necessary when the imagery was so common in relation to concepts of justice ..."

Macaskill, Grant Meteorology and Metrology: Evaluating Parallels in the Ethiopic Parables of Enoch and 2 (Slavonic) Enoch (pp. 79-99) Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2019

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