• This expression is rooted in the Bible Book of Daniel, Chapter Five. The occasion was a feast that King Belshazzar held. Belshazzar, who ruled Babylon in the days of Daniel, came under God’s judgment,. In the year 539 B.C.E., a strange handwriting appeared on the wall of his banquet room while he and his royalty were having a feast, in which they defiled the sacred vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jehovah’s temple in Jerusalem sixty-eight years earlier The handwriting warned him: “God has numbered the days of your kingdom and has finished it. . . . you have been weighed in the balances and have been found deficient. . . . your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and the Persians.” (Daniel 5:26-28) The scales of justice were balanced by his violent death that very night.
  • Recently, it was a quote from the movie "A Knights Tale" (2001), with Count Adhemar's (Rufus Sewell) speech to Heath Ledger's character during the jousting competition. Rufus Sewell (Adhemar): You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting. In what world could you possibly beat me? Alan Tudyk (Wat): We're the sons of peasants. Glory, and riches, and stars are beyond our grasps. But a full stomach, that dream can come true. It is a variation from the Old Testament of the Bible - Daniel, Chapter 5, Verse 27 - "Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting".
  • I appreciate your clarification and it bibilcal reference.

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