Daniel 10

Daniel Is Terrified by a Vision

1In the third year of a  Cyrus king of Persia a
Lit word
message was revealed to c  Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the
Lit word
e  message was true and one of great
Or warfare
conflict, but he understood the
Lit word
message and had an h  understanding of the vision.

2In those days, I, Daniel, had been i  mourning for three entire weeks. 3I j  did not eat any
Lit bread of desirability
tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.
4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great l  river, that is, the
Heb Hiddekel
5I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man n  dressed in linen, whose waist was o  girded with a belt of pure p  gold of Uphaz. 6His body also was like
Or yellow serpentine
beryl, his face
Lit like
had the appearance of lightning s  his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a
Or roaring
7Now I, Daniel u  alone saw the vision, while the v  men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great w  dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves. 8So I was x  left alone and saw this great vision; yet y  no strength was left in me, for my
Lit splendor
natural color turned to
Lit corruption
a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength.
9But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I ab  fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.

Daniel Comforted

10Then behold, a hand ac  touched me and set me trembling on my
Lit knees and the palms of my hands
hands and knees.
11He said to me, “O ae  Daniel, man of
Lit desirability; or preciousness
high esteem ag  understand the words that I am about to tell you and ah  stand
Lit upon your standing
upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up aj  trembling.
12Then he said to me, ak  Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on al  humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response am  to your words. 13But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was
Lit standing opposite
withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, ao  Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
14Now I have come to ap  give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the
Lit end of the days
ar  latter days, for the vision pertains to as  the days yet future.”

15When he had spoken to me according to these words, I
Lit set
turned my face toward the ground and became au  speechless.
16And behold
Lit as a likeness of sons of man
aw  one who resembled a human being was ax  touching my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who was standing before me, “O my lord, as a result of the vision
Lit my pains have
az  anguish has come upon me, and I have retained no strength.
17“For ba  how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As for me, there remains just now bb  no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me.”

18Then this one with human appearance touched me again and bc  strengthened me. 19He said, “O man of
Lit desirability; or preciousness
high esteem be  do not be afraid. Peace
Lit to you
be with you; take bg  courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have bh  strengthened me.”
20Then he said, “Do you
Lit know
understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the
I.e. Satanic angel
prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the
I.e. Satanic angel
bl  prince of
Heb Javan
Greece is about to come.
21However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of bn  truth. Yet there is no one who
Lit shows himself strong
stands firmly with me against these forces except bp  Michael your prince.
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