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.

Daniel's Vision Interpreted

15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me[b] was anxious, and (AK)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 (AL)‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. 18 But (AM)the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’

19 “Then I desired to know the truth about (AN)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 (AO)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 (AP)made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the (AQ)Ancient of Days came, and (AR)judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when (AS)the saints possessed the kingdom.

23 “Thus he said: ‘As for (AT)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 (AU)He shall speak words against the Most High,
    and shall wear out the saints of the Most High,
    and shall think to (AV)change the times and the law;
and they shall be given into his hand
    for (AW)a time, times, and half a time.
26 (AX)But the court shall sit in judgment,
    and (AY)his dominion shall be taken away,
    to be consumed and destroyed (AZ)to the end.
27 (BA)And the kingdom and the dominion
    and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
    shall be given to the people of (BB)the saints of the Most High;
(BC)his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
    and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’[c]

28 “Here is the end of the matter. (BD)As for me, Daniel, my (BE)thoughts greatly alarmed me, (BF)and my color changed, but (BG)I kept the matter in my heart.”

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  1. Daniel 7:2 Aramaic answered and said
  2. Daniel 7:15 Aramaic within its sheath
  3. Daniel 7:27 Or their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them

The Word of Life

(A)That which was (B)from the beginning, (C)which we have heard, (D)which we have seen with our eyes, (E)which we looked upon and (F)have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— (G)the life (H)was made manifest, and we have seen it, and (I)testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, (J)which was with the Father and (K)was made manifest to us— (L)that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed (M)our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so (N)that our[a] joy may be complete.

Walking in the Light

(O)This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that (P)God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (Q)If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and (R)do not practice the truth. But (S)if we walk in the light, (T)as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and (U)the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (V)If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and (W)the truth is not in us. (X)If we confess our sins, he is (Y)faithful and just to forgive us our sins and (Z)to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, (AA)we make him a liar, and (AB)his word is not in us.

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  1. 1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your


153 Look on my (A)affliction and deliver me,
    for (B)I do not forget your law.
154 (C)Plead my cause and redeem me;
    (D)give me life according to your promise!
155 (E)Salvation is far from the wicked,
    (F)for they do not seek your statutes.
156 (G)Great is your mercy, O Lord;
    (H)give me life according to your rules.
157 (I)Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
    but I do not (J)swerve from your testimonies.
158 I look at (K)the faithless with (L)disgust,
    because they do not keep your commands.
159 Consider how I (M)love your precepts!
    (N)Give me life according to your steadfast love.
160 (O)The sum of your word is (P)truth,
    and every one of your (Q)righteous rules endures forever.

Sin and Shin

161 (R)Princes persecute me (S)without cause,
    but my heart (T)stands in awe of your words.
162 I (U)rejoice at your word
    like one who (V)finds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,
    but I love (W)your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your (X)righteous rules.
165 Great (Y)peace have those who love your law;
    (Z)nothing can make them stumble.
166 I (AA)hope for your salvation, O Lord,
    and I do your commandments.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies;
    I (AB)love them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,
    (AC)for all my ways are before you.


169 Let my (AD)cry come before you, O Lord;
    (AE)give me understanding (AF)according to your word!
170 Let my plea come before you;
    (AG)deliver me according to your word.
171 My lips will (AH)pour forth praise,
    for you (AI)teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue will sing of your word,
    for (AJ)all your commandments are right.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have (AK)chosen your precepts.
174 I (AL)long for your salvation, O Lord,
    and your law is my (AM)delight.
175 Let my soul live and praise you,
    and let your rules help me.
176 I have (AN)gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
    for I do not (AO)forget your commandments.

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23 Whoever (A)rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
    than (B)he who flatters with his tongue.
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother
    and says, “That is no transgression,”
    is (C)a companion to a man who destroys.

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