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Vision of the Four Beasts

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream R323 and visions in F197 his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote R324 the dream down and related the following F198 summary of it. F199 2 Daniel said, F200 "I was looking R325 in my vision by night, and behold, the four R326 winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 "And four great beasts R327 were coming up from the sea, different from one another. 4 "The first was like R328 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 mind F201 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, like R329 a leopard, which had on its back F202 four wings of a bird; the beast also had four R330 heads, and dominion was given to it. 7 "After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth R331 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 ten R332 horns. 8 "While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another R333 horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this F203 horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a R334 mouth uttering great boasts.

The Ancient of Days Reigns

9 "I kept looking

Until thrones R335 were set up,

And the Ancient of Days took His seat;

His vesture R336 was like white snow

And the hair R337 of His head like pure wool.

His throne R338 was ablaze F204 with flames,

Its wheels R339 were a burning fire.

10 "A river of fire R340 was flowing

And coming out from before Him;

Thousands R341 upon thousands were attending Him,

And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;

The court R342 sat,

And the R343 books were opened.

11 "Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful F205 words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning R344 fire. F206 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.

The Son of Man Presented

13 "I kept looking in the night visions,

And behold, with the clouds of heaven

One like a Son R345 of Man was coming,

And He came up to the Ancient of Days

And was presented before Him.

14 "And to Him was given dominion, R346

Glory and a R347 F207 kingdom,

That R348 all the peoples, nations and men of every language F208

Might serve Him.

His R349 dominion is an everlasting dominion

Which will not pass away;

And R350 His kingdom is one

Which will not be destroyed.

The Vision Interpreted

15 "As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within F209 me, and the visions R351 in F210 my mind kept alarming R352 me. 16 "I approached one of those who were standing R353 by and began asking him the exact F211 meaning of all this. So he told R354 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 saints R355 F212 of the Highest One will receive R356 the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for F213 all ages to come.'

19 "Then I desired to know the exact F214 meaning of the fourth R357 beast, which was different from all the F215 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 which F216 was larger in appearance than its associates. 21 "I kept looking, and that horn was waging R358 war with the saints F217 and overpowering them 22 until the Ancient of Days came and judgment R359 was passed F218 in favor of the saints F219 of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints F219 took possession of the kingdom.

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 ten R360 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 speak R361 out F220 against the Most R362 High and wear R363 down the saints F221 of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations R364 in times and in law; and they F222 will be given into his hand for a time, R365 F223 times, F223 and half a time. F223 26 `But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken R366 away, annihilated F224 and destroyed forever. F225 27 `Then the sovereignty, R367 F226 the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints F227 of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting R368 kingdom, and all the dominions will serve R369 and obey Him.'

28 "At F228 this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly R370 alarming me and my face F229 grew pale, but I kept R371 the matter to F230 myself."

F197: Lit of his head
F198: Or beginning
F199: Lit words
F200: Lit spoke and said
F201: Lit heart
F202: Or sides
F203: Lit in this horn were eyes
F204: Lit flames of fire
F205: Lit great
F206: Lit of the fire
F207: Or sovereignty
F208: Lit tongue
F209: Lit in the midst of its sheath
F210: Lit of my head
F211: Lit truth concerning
F212: Lit holy ones
F213: Lit and unto the age of the ages
F214: Lit truth concerning
F215: Lit of them
F216: Lit its appearance was larger
F217: Lit holy ones
F218: Lit given for
F219: Lit holy ones
F219: Lit holy ones
F220: Lit words
F221: Lit holy ones
F222: I.e. the saints
F223: I.e. year(s)
F223: I.e. year(s)
F223: I.e. year(s)
F224: Lit to annihilate and to destroy
F225: Lit to the end
F226: Or kingdom
F227: Lit holy ones
F228: Lit To here the end of the word
F229: Lit brightness was changing upon me
F230: Lit in my heart

R323: Job 1:33:14-16; Daniel 1:17; 2:1,26-28; 4:5-9; Joel 2:28
R324: Jeremiah 36:4,32
R325: Daniel 7:7,13
R326: Revelation 7:1
R327: Daniel 7:17; Revelation 13:1; 17:8
R328: Jeremiah 4:7
R329: Revelation 13:2
R330: Daniel 8:22
R331: Daniel 7:19,20,23
R332: Revelation 12:3; 13:1
R333: Daniel 8:9
R334: Revelation 13:5,6
R335: Revelation 20:4
R336: Mark 9:3
R337: Revelation 1:14
R338: Ezekiel 1:13,26
R339: Ezekiel 10:2,6
R340: Psalms 18:8; 50:3; 97:3; Isaiah 30:27,33
R341: Deuteronomy 33:2; 1 Kings 22:19; Revelation 5:11
R342: Psalms 96:11-13; Daniel 7:22,26
R343: Daniel 12:1; Revelation 20:11-15
R344: Revelation 19:20; 20:10
R345: Matthew 24:30; 26:64; Mark 13:26; 14:62; Luke 21:27; Revelation 1:7,13; 14:14
R346: Daniel 7:27; John 3:35; 1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:20-22; Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 1:6; 11:15
R347: Daniel 2:37
R348: Psalms 72:11; 102:22
R349: Micah 4:7; Luke 1:33
R350: Hebrews 12:28
R351: Daniel 7:1
R352: Daniel 4:19; 7:28
R353: Zechariah 1:9,19; Revelation 5:5; 7:13,14
R354: Daniel 8:16,17; 9:22
R355: Daniel 7:22,25,27
R356: Psalms 149:5-9; Isaiah 60:12-14; Daniel 7:14; Revelation 2:26,27; 20:4; 22:5
R357: Daniel 7:7,8
R358: Revelation 11:7; 13:7
R359: Daniel 7:10; 1 Corinthians 6:2,3
R360: Daniel 7:7; Revelation 17:12
R361: Daniel 11:36; Revelation 13:6
R362: Daniel 3:26; 4:2,17,34
R363: Revelation 13:7; 18:24
R364: Daniel 2:21
R365: Daniel 12:7; Revelation 12:14
R366: Revelation 17:14; 19:2
R367: Isaiah 54:3; Daniel 7:14,18,22; Revelation 20:4
R368: Psalms 145:13; Isaiah 9:7; Daniel 2:44; 4:34; 7:14; Luke 1:33; Revelation 11:15; 22:5
R369: Psalms 2:6-12; 22:27; 72:11; 86:9; Isaiah 60:12; Revelation 11:1
R370: Daniel 4:19
R371: Luke 2:19,51


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