This expression or idiom is a biblical (bible) reference found in the book of Daniel in the 5th chapter at the 25th verse (Daniel 5:25). Without getting into a Bible discussion or debate, let’s just agree with the Bible account that this cryptic message miraculously was inscribed on the plaster wall of Babylon’s King Belshazzar (sounds like: Bell-Shazz-Zar)…
MENE, MENE, TEKEL and PARSIN
You see, the King was partying HARD when a hand miraculously wrote on the wall; i.e the idiom “the writing is on the wall.” Or, as your Bible says: “MENE, MENE, TEKEL and PARSIN.”
Belshazzar perplexed over the meaning of this inscription and no one could give the translation. That is when he ordered the Bible prophet Daniel to come to his party to translate its meaning. (No doubt, the king was well aware of Daniel’s translations of former king’s dreams years earlier).
The Bible account goes on and explains what the “writing on the wall means” in the bible book of Daniel 5: 26-28
“This is the interpretation of the word:
ME′NE, God has numbered [the days of] your kingdom and has finished it.
TE′KEL, you have been weighed in the balances and have been found deficient.
PE′RES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and the Persians.”
The king was so delighted to get the translation he blinged-out Daniel and clothed him purple, with a necklace of gold about his neck; even granting him kingship of Babylon. Sound good? NO, because the translation was one of DOOM and that night the king was killed and it marked the Fall of Babylon.
End of Bible lesson. And now I hope you understand the cartoon better! If not that’s okay, I still think it’s funny.
Moral of the account: Don’t party so hard that your mugshot ends up on someone’s Facebook wall.
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