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7 *In the first year of aBelshazzar king of Babylon Daniel †had bca dream and cvisions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the ||matters. 2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, dthe four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts efcame up from the sea, sdiverse one from another. 4 The first was ghlike a lion, and had eieagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, ||and lit was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and ja man’s heart was given to it. 5 And behold kanother beast, a second, glike to a bear, and ||lit raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. 6 After this I beheld, and lo kanother, gmlike a leopard, nwhich had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also nnfour heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw oin the night visions, and behold pqa fourth beast, qdreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and qit had great riron teeth: qit devoured and qrbrake in pieces, and qstamped the residue with the feet of it: and it qswas diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and tit had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and, behold, uthere came up among them another little horn, ubefore whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were uueyes like the eyes vof man, and wa mouth xspeaking great things.
9 I beheld till ythe thrones were cast down, and zthe Ancient of days did sit, awhose garment was bwhite as snow, and athe hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like cthe fiery flame, and dhis wheels as burning fire. 10 eA fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: fthousand thousands gministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand ggstood before him: hthe judgment was set, and ithe books were opened. 11 I beheld then because of the voice of kthe great words which the horn spake: I beheld even ltill the beast was slain, and lhis body destroyed, and mgiven to the burning flame. 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, nthey had their dominion taken away: yet †their lives were prolonged for a season and time. 13 pI saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like qrthe Son of man rcame with the clouds of heaven, and came to sthe Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And tthere was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, uthat all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: vhis dominion is an everlasting dominion, nwhich shall not pass away, and vhis kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
15 I Daniel wwas grieved in my spirit in the midst of my †body, and xthe visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near unto yone of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
17 zThese great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 18 But athe saints of the †most High bshall take the kingdom, and bpossess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. 19 Then I would know the truth of cthe fourth beast, which was diverse †from all the others, cexceeding dreadful, cwhose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which cdevoured, cbrake in pieces, and cstamped the residue with his feet; 20 And of cthe ten horns that were in his head, and of dthe other which came up, and dbefore whom three fell; even of dthat horn that had eyes, and da mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld, and the same horn emade war with athe saints, and eprevailed against them; 22 Until fthe Ancient of days came, and gjudgment was given to hthe saints of the most High; and the time came that hithe saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, cThe fourth beast shall be cthe fourth kingdom upon earth, cwhich shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and cshall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and cbreak it in pieces. 24 And cthe ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and danother shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and dhe shall subdue three kings. 25 And djhe shall speak kgreat words against lthe most High, and ejshall wear out hthe saints of the most High, and think mto change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand nuntil a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But othe judgment shall sit, and pthey shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it qunto the end. 27 And hthe kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of hthe saints of the most High, rwhose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all ||dominions shall serve and obey him. 28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. sAs for me Daniel, tmy cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but uI kept the matter in my heart.
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