Vision of the Four Beasts1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a a dream and visions ▼
▼ Lit of his headin his mind as he lay on his bed; then he c wrote the dream down and related the ▼
▼ Or beginningfollowing summary of ▼
▼ Lit wordsit. 2 Daniel ▼
▼ Lit spoke and saidsaid, “I was g looking in my vision by night, and behold, the h four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 “And four great i beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. 4 “The first was j like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human ▼
▼ Lit heartmind also was given to it. 5 “And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’ 6 “After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, l like a leopard, which had on its ▼
▼ Or sidesback four wings of a bird; the beast also had n four heads, and dominion was given to it. 7 “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a o fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had p ten horns. 8 “While I was contemplating the horns, behold, q another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, ▼
▼ Lit in this horn were eyesthis horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and s a mouth uttering great boasts.
The Ancient of Days Reigns9 “I kept looking
Until t thrones were set up,
And the Ancient of Days took His seat;
His u vesture was like white snow
And the v hair of His head like pure wool.
His w throne was ▼
▼ Lit flames of fireablaze with flames,
Its y wheels were a burning fire.
10 “A river of z fire was flowing
And coming out from before Him;
aa Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,
And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;
The ab court sat,
And ac the books were opened.
11 “Then I kept looking because of the sound of the ▼
▼ Lit greatboastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the ae burning ▼
▼ Lit of the firefire. 12 “As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.
The Son of Man Presented13 “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a ag Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
14 “And to Him was given ah dominion,
Glory and ▼
▼ Or sovereignty, aj a kingdom,
ak That all the peoples, nations and men of every ▼
▼ Lit tonguelanguage
Might serve Him.
am His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
an And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.
The Vision Interpreted15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed ▼
▼ Lit in the midst of its sheathwithin me, and the ap visions ▼
▼ Lit of my headin my mind kept ar alarming me. 16 “I approached one of those who were as standing by and began asking him the ▼
▼ Lit truth concerningexact meaning of all this. So he au told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth. 18 ‘But the ▼ , aw saints of the Highest One will ax receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, ▼
▼ Lit and unto the age of the agesfor all ages to come.’ 19 “Then I desired to know the ▼
▼ Lit truth concerningexact meaning of the ba fourth beast, which was different from all ▼
▼ Lit of themthe others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet, 20 and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts and ▼
▼ Lit its appearance was largerwhich was larger in appearance than its associates. 21 “I kept looking, and that horn was bd waging war with the ▼ saints and overpowering them 22 until the Ancient of Days came and bf judgment was ▼
▼ Lit given forpassed in favor of the ▼ saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the ▼ saints took possession of the kingdom. 23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. 24 ‘As for the bj ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. 25 ‘He will bk speak ▼
▼ Lit wordsout against the bm Most High and bn wear down the ▼ saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make bp alterations in times and in law; and ▼
▼ I.e. the saintsthey will be given into his hand for a ▼ , bs time, ▼ times, and half a ▼ time. 26 ‘But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be bv taken away, ▼
▼ Lit to annihilate and to destroyannihilated and destroyed ▼
▼ Lit to the endforever. 27 ‘Then the ▼
▼ Or kingdom, bz sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the ▼ saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an cb everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will cc serve and obey Him.’ 28 ▼
▼ Lit To here the end of the word“At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were ce greatly alarming me and my ▼
▼ Lit brightness was changing upon meface grew pale, but I cg kept the matter ▼
▼ Lit in my heartto myself.”
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