2 Daniel spoke, saying, “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 ccame up from the sea, each different from the other. 4 The first was dlike a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a eman’s heart was given to it.
5 f“And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
6 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had gfour heads, and dominion was given to it.
7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, ha fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, iand it had ten horns. 8 I was considering the horns, and jthere was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes kof a man, land a mouth speaking 3pompous words.
And nthe Ancient of Days was seated;
oHis garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
pIts wheels a burning fire;
10 qA fiery stream issued
And came forth from before Him.
rA thousand thousands ministered to Him;
Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
And the books were opened.
11 “I watched then because of the sound of the 6pompous words which the horn was speaking; tI watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
And behold, uOne like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
14 vThen to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all wpeoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is xan everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed.
15 “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit 7within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four 8kings which arise out of the earth. 18 But ythe saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’
19 “Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; 20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke 9pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows.
21 “I was watching; zand the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, aand a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
‘The fourth beast shall be
bA fourth kingdom on earth,
Which shall be different from all other kingdoms,
And shall devour the whole earth,
Trample it and break it in pieces.
24 cThe ten horns are ten kings
Who shall arise from this kingdom.
And another shall rise after them;
He shall be different from the first ones,
And shall subdue three kings.
25 dHe shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
And shall fintend to change times and law.
Then gthe saints shall be given into his hand
hFor a time and times and half a time.
26 ‘But ithe court shall be seated,
And they shall jtake away his dominion,
To consume and destroy it forever.
27 Then the kkingdom and dominion,
And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven,
Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.
lHis kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
mAnd all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’
Lit. the head or chief of the words
Lit. great things
Or set up
Lit. in the midst of its sheath
Representing their kingdoms, v. 23
Lit. great things
Lit. wear out