|1||In the first year of Belshaz'zar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, and told the sum of the matter.||DANIEL DESCRIBES HIS VISIONS. (7.1-12.13) The four beasts.|
|2||DANIEL said, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.|
|3||And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.|
|4||The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand upon two feet like a man; and the mind of a man was given to it.|
|5||And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side; it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, 'Arise, devour much flesh.'|
|6||After this I looked, and lo, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back; and the beast had four heads; and dominion was given to it.|
|7||After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible and dreadful and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.|
|8||I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.|
|9||As I looked, thrones were placed |
and one that was ancient of days took his seat;
his raiment was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames,
its wheels were burning fire.
|The vision of the Ancient of days.|
|10||A stream of fire issued |
and came forth from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.
|11||I looked then because of the sound of the great words which the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.|
|12||As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.|
|13||I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven |
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
|14||And to him was given dominion |
and glory and kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
|15||"As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious and the visions of my head alarmed me.||The visions explained.|
|16||I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me, and made known to me the interpretation of the things.|
|17||'These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth.|
|18||But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, for ever and ever.'|
|19||"Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrible, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze; and which devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet;|
|20||and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up and before which three of them fell, the horn which had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and which seemed greater than its fellows.|
|21||As I looked, this horn made war with the saints, and prevailed over them,|
|22||until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints received the kingdom.|
|23||"Thus he said: 'As for the fourth beast, |
there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth,
which shall be different from all the kingdoms,
and it shall devour the whole earth,
and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
|24||As for the ten horns, |
out of this kingdom
ten kings shall arise,
and another shall arise after them;
he shall be different from the former ones,
and shall put down three kings.
|25||He shall speak words against the Most High, |
and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,
and shall think to change the times and the law;
and they shall be given into his hand
for a time, two times, and half a time.
|26||But the court shall sit in judgment, |
and his dominion shall be taken away,
to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
|27||And the kingdom and the dominion |
and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High;
their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey them.'
|28||"Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed; but I kept the matter in my mind."|
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