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Daniel's Vision Interpreted

15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me[a] was anxious, and (A)the visions of my head alarmed me. 16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things. 17 (B)‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. 18 But (C)the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever, for ever and ever.’

19 “Then I desired to know the truth about (D)the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, 20 (E)and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. 21 As I looked, this horn (F)made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the (G)Ancient of Days came, and (H)judgement was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when (I)the saints possessed the kingdom.

23 “Thus he said: ‘As for (J)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.
24 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.
25 (K)He shall speak words against the Most High,
    and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,
    and shall think to (L)change the times and the law;
and they shall be given into his hand
    for (M)a time, times, and half a time.
26 (N)But the court shall sit in judgement,
    and (O)his dominion shall be taken away,
    to be consumed and destroyed (P)to the end.
27 (Q)And the kingdom and the dominion
    and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
    shall be given to the people of (R)the saints of the Most High;
(S)their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
    and all dominions shall serve and obey them.’[b]

28 “Here is the end of the matter. (T)As for me, Daniel, my (U)thoughts greatly alarmed me, (V)and my colour changed, but (W)I kept the matter in my heart.”

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 7:15 Aramaic within its sheath
  2. Daniel 7:27 Or his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him

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