10 Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my [a]hands and knees.11 He said to me, “O Daniel, man of [b]high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand [c]upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was [d]withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.14 Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the [e]latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”
15 When he had spoken to me according to these words, I [f]turned my face toward the ground and became speechless.16 And behold, [g]one who resembled a human being was touching my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who was standing before me, “O my lord, as a result of the vision [h]anguish has come upon me, and I have retained no strength.17 For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me.”
18 Then this one with human appearance touched me again and strengthened me.19 He said, “O man of [i]high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace [j]be with you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”20 Then he said, “Do you [k]understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the [l]prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the [m]prince of [n]Greece is about to come.21 However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who [o]stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince.
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