Wed 30 Apr, 2003 06:16 pm
Ok, you all know the story. If God didn't want us to write on walls he wouldn't have given us an example. It's an interesting enough story that God decided to write "Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin" on a wall on October 13, 539 BC but what always had me wondering is if Belshazzar wet himself.
The Bible says "the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against the other."
Now I always thought it was a stretch, waaay back when I was a kid and that was pointed out to me ("hey, lookie here, dude wet himself") I didn't buy it.
I thought it meant that his clothing was knotted near his loins and that something happened to them.
But what? Did his clothes fall off? I've been debating this since I was a kid, what scenario do you read into the following words?
"the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against the other."
Sounds like his knees were knockin'!
I think those words are a way of saying "trembling in fear"
Dan 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another
his knees smote against the saddle
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving
Oh, on the knees part I have no doubt. But wetting yourself is assosiated with being scared. Hence the discussion.
Maybe he drank too much mountain dew.
The party was ruined when the Special of the Day was recalled.
It is not the knees also, but the loins they make me wonder. Why would they mention them loosen? I believe CdK is right, although we shall never know the truth.
Did you say that god peed on the wall? Gawd, did he write in the snow too?
On your knees vile wench!!!
Pee himself? Nah. I think it just means that his legs went all loose and slack and wobbly - joints of loins being hip joints, I would have thought - and that is why his knees knocked.
I have been scared enough for that to happen - damned weird feeling - but, I am happy to say, no control of eliminative bodily functions was lost!
Quick- Let us fetch us some archeologists- If we could get a sample of the urine, stick it under a microscope............. Egads, we could solve some of the great mysteries of the world!
dlowan- Any ones that you want. Your guess is as good as mine!
Sorry lil'K - Craven's recent revival crusade seems to have gone to my head.
Urine sample? Piece of piss!!
sounds like his knees were weak, and that his arms were heavy
there might have been vomit on his sweater already -
potentially his mothers spaghetti