Daniel's Vision of the Four Beasts

In the first year of (A)Belshazzar king of Babylon, (B)Daniel saw a dream and (C)visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. Daniel declared,[a] “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, (D)the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts (E)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 plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it. And behold, (F)another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised 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 (G)leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and (H)dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, (I)terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; (J)it devoured and broke in pieces (K)and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and (L)it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, (M)there came up among them another horn, a little one, (N)before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and (O)a mouth speaking great things.

The Ancient of Days Reigns

“As I looked,

(P)thrones were placed,
    and the (Q)Ancient of Days took his seat;
(R)his clothing was white as snow,
    and (S)the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
    (T)its wheels were burning fire.
10 (U)A stream of fire issued
    and came out from before him;
(V)a thousand thousands (W)served him,
    (X)and ten thousand times ten thousand (Y)stood before him;
the (Z)court sat in judgment,
    and (AA)the books were opened.

11 “I looked then because of the sound of (AB)the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, (AC)the beast was killed, and its body destroyed (AD)and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, (AE)their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

The Son of Man Is Given Dominion

13 “I saw in the night visions,

and (AF)behold, with the clouds of heaven
    there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the (AG)Ancient of Days
    and was presented before him.
14 (AH)And to him was given dominion
    and glory and a kingdom,
that all (AI)peoples, nations, and languages
    should serve him;
(AJ)his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
    which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
    that shall not be destroyed.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 7:2 Aramaic answered and said

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