So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his headas he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. Danieldeclared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirringup the great sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.The first was like a lion and had eagles’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were pluckedoff, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and themind of a man was given to it. And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It wasraised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told,‘Arise, devour much flesh.’ After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, withfour wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given toit. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadfuland exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces andstamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it,and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among themanother horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by theroots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speakinggreat things.
“As I looked,
thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
A stream of fire issued
and came out 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.
“I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. Andas I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned withfire. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives wereprolonged for a season and a time.
“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.
And to him was given dominion
and glory and a 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.
“As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my headalarmed me. I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truthconcerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things.‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. But the saints ofthe Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever andever.’
“Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from allthe rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and whichdevoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, and about the tenhorns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three ofthem fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemedgreater than its companions. As I looked, this horn made war with the saints andprevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for thesaints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.
“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.
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.
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, times, and half a time.
But the court shall sit in judgment,
and his dominion shall be taken away,
to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
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;
his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’
“Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, andmy color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.”
In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after thatwhich appeared to me at the first. And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susathe citadel, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulaicanal. I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the canal. It hadtwo horns, and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higherone came up last. I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. Nobeast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power. Hedid as he pleased and became great.
As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west across the face of thewhole earth, without touching the ground. And the goat had a conspicuous horn betweenhis eyes. He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen standing on the bank ofthe canal, and he ran at him in his powerful wrath. I saw him come close to the ram, andhe was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns. And the ram hadno power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled on him.And there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power. Then the goat becameexceedingly great, but when he was strong, the great horn was broken, and instead of itthere came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.
Out of one of them came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great toward the south,toward the east, and toward the glorious land. It grew great, even to the host of heaven.And some of the host and some of the stars it threw down to the ground and trampled onthem. It became great, even as great as the Prince of the host. And the regular burntoffering was taken away from him, and the place of his sanctuary was overthrown. And ahost will be given over to it together with the regular burnt offering because oftransgression, and it will throw truth to the ground, and it will act and prosper. Then Iheard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one who spoke, “For how longis the vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate,and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?” And he said tome, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightfulstate.”
When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it. And behold, there stoodbefore me one having the appearance of a man. And I heard a man’s voice between thebanks of the Ulai, and it called, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” So hecame near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But hesaid to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.”
And when he had spoken to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground. Buthe touched me and made me stand up. He said, “Behold, I will make known to you whatshall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end.As for the ram that you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia.And the goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king. Asfor the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shallarise from his nation, but not with his power. And at the latter end of their kingdom, whenthe transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understandsriddles, shall arise. His power shall be great—but not by his own power; and he shall causefearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and thepeople who are the saints. By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand,and in his own mind he shall become great. Without warning he shall destroy many. Andhe shall even rise up against the Prince of princes, and he shall be broken—but by nohuman hand. The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true, butseal up the vision, for it refers to many days from now.”