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.

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  1. Daniel 7:2 Aramaic answered and said

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 forever, forever and ever.’

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  1. Daniel 7:15 Aramaic within its sheath

Sing to the Lord a New Song

149 (A)Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord (B)a new song,
    his praise in (C)the assembly of the godly!
Let Israel (D)be glad in (E)his Maker;
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their (F)King!
Let them praise his name with (G)dancing,
    making melody to him with (H)tambourine and (I)lyre!
For the Lord (J)takes pleasure in his people;
    he (K)adorns the humble with salvation.
Let the godly exult in glory;
    let them (L)sing for joy on their (M)beds.
Let (N)the high praises of God be in their throats
    and (O)two-edged swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishments on the peoples,
to bind their kings with (P)chains
    and their nobles with fetters of iron,
to execute on them the judgment (Q)written!
    (R)This is honor for all his godly ones.
(S)Praise the Lord!

11 In him we have obtained (A)an inheritance, (B)having been predestined (C)according to the purpose of him who works all things according to (D)the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be (E)to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard (F)the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, (G)were sealed with the (H)promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is (I)the guarantee[a] of our (J)inheritance until (K)we acquire (L)possession of it,[b] (M)to the praise of his glory.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, (N)because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[c] toward all the saints, 16 I (O)do not cease to give thanks for you, (P)remembering you in my prayers, 17 that (Q)the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, (R)may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 (S)having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is (T)the hope to which he has called you, what are (U)the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, (V)according to the working of (W)his great might 20 that he worked in Christ (X)when he raised him from the dead and (Y)seated him at his right hand (Z)in the heavenly places, 21 (AA)far above (AB)all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above (AC)every name that is named, not only in (AD)this age but also in the one to come. 22 And (AE)he put all things under his feet and gave him as (AF)head over all things to the church, 23 (AG)which is his body, (AH)the fullness of him (AI)who fills (AJ)all in all.

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  1. Ephesians 1:14 Or down payment
  2. Ephesians 1:14 Or until God redeems his possession
  3. Ephesians 1:15 Some manuscripts omit your love

The Beatitudes

20 And (A)he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, (B)and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for (C)yours is the kingdom of God.

21 (D)“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

(E)“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when (F)people hate you and when they (G)exclude you and revile you and (H)spurn your name as evil, (I)on account of the Son of Man! 23 (J)Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for (K)so their fathers did to the prophets.

Jesus Pronounces Woes

24 (L)“But woe to you who are rich, (M)for you (N)have received your consolation.

25 “Woe to you who are full now, for (O)you shall be hungry.

“Woe to (P)you who laugh now, (Q)for you shall mourn and weep.

26 “Woe to you, (R)when all people speak well of you, for (S)so their fathers did to (T)the false prophets.

Love Your Enemies

27 “But I say to you who hear, (U)Love your enemies, (V)do good to those who hate you, 28 (W)bless those who curse you, (X)pray for those who abuse you. 29 (Y)To one who (Z)strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic[a] either. 30 (AA)Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And (AB)as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

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  1. Luke 6:29 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin