Daniel’s Terrifying Vision of a Man1 aIn the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, bwho was named Belteshazzar. And cthe word was true, and it was a great conflict. ▼
▼Or and it was about a great conflictAnd ehe understood the word and fhad understanding of the vision.
2In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for gthree weeks. 3I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I hanoint myself at all, for ithe full three weeks. 4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing jon the bank of the great river ( kthat is, the Tigris) 5 lI lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, ma man clothed in linen, nwith a belt of fine ogold from Uphaz around his waist. 6His body was like pberyl, his face qlike the appearance of lightning, rhis eyes like flaming torches, his arms and slegs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and tthe sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. 7 uAnd I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. 8So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and vno strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, ▼
▼Hebrew My splendor was changed to ruinxand I retained no strength. 9Then I heard the sound of his words, yand as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep zwith my face to the ground.
10And behold, aaa hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11And he said to me, “O Daniel, abman greatly loved, acunderstand the words that I speak to you, and adstand upright, for aenow I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12Then he said to me, af“Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you agset your heart to understand and ahhumbled yourself before your God, aiyour words have been heard, ajand I have come because of your words. 13 akThe prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me altwenty-one days, but amMichael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, 14 anand came to make you understand what is to happen to your people aoin the latter days. For apthe vision is for days yet to come.”
15When he had spoken to me according to these words, aqI turned my face toward the ground arand was mute. 16And behold, asone in the likeness of the children of man attouched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and auI retain no strength. 17How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.”
18Again avone having the appearance of a man awtouched me and strengthened me. 19And he said, ax“O man greatly loved, ayfear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” 20Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the azprince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of baGreece will come. 21But I will tell you bbwhat is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except bcMichael, your prince.
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