9 “I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was[a]ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire. 10 “A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened.
11 Then I kept looking because of the sound of the [b]boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning [c]fire.12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.
The Son of Man Presented
13 “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. 14 “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and [d]a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every[e]language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.
The Vision Interpreted
15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed [f]within me, and the visions [g]in my mind kept alarming me.16 I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the [h]exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:17 ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth.18 But the [i]saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, [j]for all ages to come.’
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