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Daniel 7:1–8:27

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Vision of the Four Beasts

7 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, aDaniel 1had a dream and bvisions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling 2the main facts.

Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts ccame up from the sea, each different from the other. 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.

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!’

“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.

“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. 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.

Vision of the Ancient of Days

9 “I mwatched till thrones were 4put in place,

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.

sThe 5court was seated,

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.

13 “I was watching in the night visions,

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.

Daniel’s Visions Interpreted

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.

23 “Thus he said:

‘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,

Shall epersecute 1the saints of 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.’

28 “This is the end of the 2account. As for me, Daniel, nmy thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I okept the matter in my heart.”

Vision of a Ram and a Goat

8 In 1the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me—to me, Daniel—after the one that appeared to me athe first time. I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in bShushan, 2the 3citadel, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was chigher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could 4withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, dbut he did according to his will and became great.

And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable ehorn between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, 5attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand.

Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it ffour notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven. gAnd out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, htoward the east, and toward the iGlorious Land. 10 jAnd it grew up to kthe host of heaven; and lit cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 mHe even exalted himself as high as nthe Prince of the host; oand by him pthe daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of 6His sanctuary was cast down. 12 Because of transgression, qan army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast rtruth down to the ground. He sdid all this and prospered.

13 Then I heard ta holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression 7of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”

14 And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred 8days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”

Gabriel Interprets the Vision

15 Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and uwas seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me vone having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice wbetween the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, x“Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” 17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and yfell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”

18 zNow, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; abut he touched me, and stood me upright. 19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; bfor at the appointed time the end shall be. 20 The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the 9male goat is the 1kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes cis the first king. 22 dAs for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.

23 “And in the latter time of their kingdom,

When the transgressors have reached their fullness,

A king shall arise,

eHaving fierce 2features,

Who understands sinister schemes.

24 His power shall be mighty, fbut not by his own power;

He shall destroy 3fearfully,

gAnd shall prosper and thrive;

hHe shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.

25 “Through ihis cunning

He shall cause deceit to prosper under his 4rule;

jAnd he shall exalt himself in his heart.

He shall destroy many in their prosperity.

kHe shall even rise against the Prince of princes;

But he shall be lbroken without human 4means.

26 “And the vision of the evenings and mornings

Which was told is true;

mTherefore seal up the vision,

For it refers to many days in the future.”

27 nAnd I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for days; afterward I arose and went about the king’s business. I was 5astonished by the vision, but no one understood it.

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a
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Lit. saw

b
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Lit. the head or chief of the words

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Lit. great things

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Or set up

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Or judgment

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Lit. great

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Lit. in the midst of its sheath

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Representing their kingdoms, v. 23

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Lit. great things

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Lit. wear out

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Lit. word

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The Hebrew language resumes in Dan. 8:1.

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Or Susa

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Or fortified palace

c
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Lit. stand before him

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Lit. struck

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The temple

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Or making desolate

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Lit. evening-mornings

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shaggy male

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Lit. king, representing his kingdom, Dan. 7:17, 23

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Lit. countenance

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Or extraordinarily

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Lit. hand

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amazed

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