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Vision of the Four Beasts

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a adream and visions Iin his mind [as he lay] on his bed; then he bwrote the dream down [and] related the II[following] summary of IIIit. 2 Daniel Isaid, “I was alooking in my vision by night, and behold, the bfour winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great abeasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. 4 The first [was] alike 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 Imind 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, alike a leopard, which had on its Iback four wings of a bird; the beast also had bfour heads, and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a afourth 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 bten horns. 8 While I was contemplating the horns, behold, aanother horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, Ithis horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and ba mouth uttering great [boasts].

[1] ILit of his head IIOr beginning IIILit words aJb 33:14-16; Dn 1:17; 2:1, 26-28; 4:5-9; Jol 2:28 bJr 36:4, 32
[2] ILit spoke and said aDn 7:7, 13 bRv 7:1
[3] aDn 7:17; Rv 13:1; 17:8
[4] ILit heart aJr 4:7
[6] IOr sides aRv 13:2 bDn 8:22
[7] aDn 7:19, 20, 23 bRv 12:3; 13:1
[8] ILit in this horn were eyes aDn 8:9 bRv 13:5, 6

The Ancient of Days Reigns

  9 ¶ “I kept looking
  Until athrones were set up,
  And the Ancient of Days took [His] seat;
  His bvesture [was] like white snow
  And the chair of His head like pure wool.
  His dthrone [was] Iablaze with flames,
  Its ewheels [were] a burning fire.
  10 “A river of afire was flowing
  And coming out from before Him;
  bThousands upon thousands were attending Him,
  And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;
  The ccourt sat,
  And dthe books were opened.
11 Then I kept looking because of the sound of the Iboastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the aburning IIfire. 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.

[9] ILit flames of fire aRv 20:4 bMk 9:3 cRv 1:14 dEzk 1:13, 26 eEzk 10:2, 6
[10] aPs 18:8; 50:3; 97:3; Is 30:27, 33 bDt 33:2; 1K 22:19; Rv 5:11 cPs 96:11-13; Dn 7:22, 26 dDn 12:1; Rv 20:11-15
[11] ILit great IILit of the fire aRv 19:20; 20:10

The Son of Man Presented

  13 ¶ “I kept looking in the night visions,
  And behold, with the clouds of heaven
  One like a aSon of Man was coming,
  And He came up to the Ancient of Days
  And was presented before Him.
  14 “And to Him was given adominion,
  Glory and Iba kingdom,
  cThat all the peoples, nations and [men of every] IIlanguage
  Might serve Him.
  dHis dominion is an everlasting dominion
  Which will not pass away;
  eAnd His kingdom is one
  Which will not be destroyed.

[13] aMt 24:30; 26:64; Mk 13:26; 14:62; Lk 21:27; Rv 1:7, 13; 14:14
[14] IOr sovereignty IILit tongue aDn 7:27; Jn 3:35; 1Co 15:27; Ep 1:20-22; Php 2:9-11; Rv 1:6; 11:15 bDn 2:37 cPs 72:11; 102:22 dMi 4:7; Lk 1:33 eHe 12:28

The Vision Interpreted

15 ¶ “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed Iwithin me, and the avisions IIin my mind kept balarming me. 16 I approached one of those who were astanding by and began asking him the Iexact meaning of all this. So he btold 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 Iasaints of the Highest One will breceive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, IIfor all ages to come.’

[15] ILit in the midst of its sheath IILit of my head aDn 7:1 bDn 4:19; 7:28
[16] ILit truth concerning aZc 1:9, 19; Rv 5:5; 7:13, 14 bDn 8:16, 17; 9:22
[18] ILit holy ones IILit and unto the age of the ages aDn 7:22, 25, 27 bPs 149:5-9; Is 60:12-14; Dn 7:14; Rv 2:26, 27; 20:4; 22:5

19 ¶ “Then I desired to know the Iexact meaning of the afourth beast, which was different from all IIthe 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 Iwhich was larger in appearance than its associates. 21 I kept looking, and that horn was awaging war with the Isaints and overpowering them 22 until the Ancient of Days came and ajudgment was Ipassed in favor of the IIsaints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the IIsaints took possession of the kingdom.

[19] ILit truth concerning IILit of them aDn 7:7, 8
[20] ILit its appearance was larger
[21] ILit holy ones aRv 11:7; 13:7
[22] ILit given for IILit holy ones aDn 7:10; 1Co 6:2, 3

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 aten 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 aspeak Iout against the bMost High and cwear down the IIsaints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make dalterations in times and in law; and IIIthey will be given into his hand for a IVetime, IVtimes, and half a IVtime. 26 But the court will sit [for judgment], and his dominion will be ataken away, Iannihilated and destroyed IIforever. 27 Then the Iasovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of [all] the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the IIsaints of the Highest One; His kingdom [will be] an beverlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will cserve and obey Him.’

[24] aDn 7:7; Rv 17:12
[25] ILit words IILit holy ones IIII.e. the saints IVI.e. year(s) aDn 11:36; Rv 13:6 bDn 3:26; 4:2, 17, 34 cRv 13:7; 18:24 dDn 2:21 eDn 12:7; Rv 12:14
[26] ILit to annihilate and to destroy IILit to the end aRv 17:14; 19:2
[27] IOr kingdom IILit holy ones aIs 54:3; Dn 7:14, 18, 22; Rv 20:4 bPs 145:13; Is 9:7; Dn 2:44; 4:34; 7:14; Lk 1:33; Rv 11:15; 22:5 cPs 2:6-12; 22:27; 72:11; 86:9; Is 60:12; Rv 11:1

28 ¶ “IAt this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were agreatly alarming me and my IIface grew pale, but I bkept the matter IIIto myself.”

[28] ILit To here the end of the word IILit brightness was changing upon me IIILit in my heart aDn 4:19 bLk 2:19, 51


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Daniel's vision of four beasts.

1 ¶ In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions 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, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 4 The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. 5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it 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 another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse 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 little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

[1] Gn 15:1; 46:2; Nu 12:6; Jb 4:13; 33:14; Is 8:1; 30:8; Jr 23:28; 27:7; Ezk 1:1; Dn 2:1, 28; 4:5; 5:1, 22, 30; 7:7, 13, 15; 8:1; Jol 2:28; Am 3:7; Hab 2:2; Ac 2:17; Ro 15:4; 2Co 12:1; Rv 1:19; 10:4.
[2] Rv 7:1; 17:15.
[3] Ps 76:4; Ezk 19:3; Dn 2:32, 37; 7:4, 17; Zc 6:1; Rv 13:1.
[4] Dt 28:49; 2S 1:23; Jb 25:6; Ps 9:20; Is 5:28; 14:13; Jr 4:7, 13; 25:9, 38; 48:40; 50:30; Lm 4:19; Ezk 17:3; 28:2, 9; Dn 4:30, 31, 32, 36; 5:18; Hab 1:6; 2:5; Mt 24:28.
[5] 2K 2:24; Pv 17:12; Is 13:17; 56:9; Jr 50:21; Ezk 39:17; Dn 2:39; 5:28; 8:3, 4; 11:2; Ho 13:8.
[6] Ezk 17:3; Dn 2:39; 7:4; 8:5, 8, 20, 22; 10:20; 11:3, 4; Ho 13:7; Rv 13:2.
[7] 2S 22:43; Dn 2:40, 41; 7:2, 13, 19, 23, 24; 8:10; Rv 12:3; 13:1; 17:7, 12.
[8] 1S 2:3; Ps 12:3; Dn 7:20, 25; 8:9, 23; 11:36; 2Th 2:4; 2Ti 3:2; 2P 2:18; Jde 1:16; Rv 9:7; 13:1, 5, 11.

Of God's Kingdom.

9 ¶ I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] his wheels [as] burning fire. 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld [even] till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. 13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed.

[9] Ps 45:8; 90:2; 102:24; 104:2, 3; Is 9:6; Ezk 1:13; 10:2; Dn 2:34, 44; 7:13, 22; Mi 5:2; Hab 1:12; Mt 17:2; Mk 9:3; Ac 2:30, 33; 1Co 15:24; Php 3:9; 2Th 1:7; 1Ti 6:16; 2P 3:7; 1Jn 1:5; Rv 1:14; 19:18; 20:1.
[10] Dt 33:2; 1K 22:19; Ps 50:3; 68:17; 96:11; 97:2; Is 30:27, 33; 66:15; Na 1:5; Zc 14:5; Mal 3:16; Mt 25:31; He 12:22; Jde 1:14; Rv 5:11; 20:11.
[11] Dn 7:8, 25, 26; 8:25; 11:45; 2Th 2:8; 2P 2:18; Jde 1:16; Rv 13:5; 18:8; 19:20; 20:4, 10, 12.
[12] Dn 7:4; 8:7.
[13] Ps 8:4; 47:5; 68:17; Is 9:6; Jr 49:19; Ezk 1:26; Dn 7:9, 22; Mt 13:41; 24:30; 25:31; 26:64; Mk 13:26; 14:61; Lk 21:27, 36; Jn 3:13; 5:27; 12:34; Ac 7:56; Ep 1:20; Php 2:6; 1Ti 6:16; He 2:14; 9:24; Rv 1:7, 13, 18; 14:14.
[14] Ps 2:6; 8:6; 45:6; 72:17; 110:1; 145:13; 146:10; Is 9:7; 60:12; Dn 2:35, 44; 3:4; 4:3; 6:26; 7:18, 27; Ob 1:21; Mi 4:7; Mt 11:27; 28:18; Lk 1:33; 10:22; 19:11; Jn 3:35; 5:22; 12:34; 1Co 15:24, 27; Ep 1:20; Php 2:9; He 12:28; 1P 3:22; Rv 3:21; 11:15; 17:14.

The interpretation thereof.

15 ¶ I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of [my] body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near unto one 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 These great beasts, which are four, [are] four kings, [which] shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. 19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth [were of] iron, and his nails [of] brass; [which] devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; 20 And of the ten horns that [were] in his head, and [of] the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even [of] that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look [was] more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom [are] ten kings [that] shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy [it] unto the end. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. 28 Hitherto [is] the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

[15] Gn 40:7; 41:8; Jr 15:17; 17:16; Dn 2:1, 3; 4:5; 7:28; 8:27; Hab 3:16; Lk 19:41; Ro 9:2; 2P 1:14; Rv 10:9.
[16] Dn 7:10; 8:13; 10:5, 11; 12:5; Zc 1:8; 2:3; 3:7; Rv 5:5; 7:13.
[17] Ps 17:14; Dn 2:37; 7:3; 8:19; Jn 18:36; Rv 13:1, 11.
[18] Ps 45:16; 149:5; Is 60:12; Dn 7:22, 27; Ep 1:3; 6:12; 2Ti 2:11; Rv 2:26; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4.
[19] Dn 2:40; 7:7.
[20] Dn 7:8, 11, 23; 8:9; 11:36.
[21] Dn 8:12, 24; 11:31; 12:7; Rv 11:7; 12:3; 13:5, 8; 17:6, 14; 19:19.
[22] Is 63:4; Dn 7:9, 18; Mt 19:28; Lk 22:29; 1Co 6:2; 2Th 2:8; Rv 1:6; 3:21; 5:10; 11:11; 14:8; 19:11; 20:4, 9.
[23] Dn 2:40; 7:7; Lk 2:1.
[24] Dn 7:8, 20; 8:9; 11:36; 2Th 2:3; 1Ti 4:1; Rv 12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 12, 16.
[25] Is 37:23; Dn 2:21; 4:25, 32; 7:8, 20; 8:24; 11:28, 30, 31, 36; 12:7, 11; 2Th 2:4; 1Ti 4:1; Rv 6:9; 11:2, 7; 12:6, 14; 13:5, 7, 11, 15; 14:12; 16:6; 17:6; 18:24.
[26] Dn 7:10, 22; 2Th 2:8; Rv 11:13; 20:10.
[27] Ps 2:6; 22:27; 72:11; 86:9; 145:13; 149:5; Is 9:7; 49:23; 54:3; 60:11, 12; Dn 2:44; 4:34; 7:14, 18, 22; Ob 1:21; Zp 3:19; Zc 14:9; Lk 1:33; Jn 12:34; Rv 11:15; 17:14; 19:16; 20:4.
[28] Gn 37:10; Dn 7:15; 8:17, 19, 27; 10:8; 11:27; 12:9, 13; Mk 9:15; Lk 2:19, 51; 9:44.


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