24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.

Other Translations of Daniel 5:24

New International Version

24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.

English Standard Version

24 "Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed.

The Message

24 "God sent the hand that wrote on the wall,

New King James Version

24 Then the fingers of the hand were sent from Him, and this writing was written.

New Living Translation

24 So God has sent this hand to write this message.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Daniel 5:24

Commentary on Daniel 5:18-31

(Read Daniel 5:18-31)

Daniel reads Belshazzar's doom. He had not taken warning by the judgments upon Nebuchadnezzar. And he had insulted God. Sinners are pleased with gods that neither see, nor hear, nor know; but they will be judged by One to whom all things are open. Daniel reads the sentence written on the wall. All this may well be applied to the doom of every sinner. At death, the sinner's days are numbered and finished; after death is the judgment, when he will be weighed in the balance, and found wanting; and after judgment the sinner will be cut asunder, and given as a prey to the devil and his angels. While these things were passing in the palace, it is considered that the army of Cyrus entered the city; and when Belshazzar was slain, a general submission followed. Soon will every impenitent sinner find the writing of God's word brought to pass upon him, whether he is weighed in the balance of the law as a self-righteous Pharisee, or in that of the gospel as a painted hypocrite.