Daniel Is Terrified by a Vision

10 In the third year of (A)Cyrus king of Persia, a [a]message was revealed to (B)Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the [b](C)message was true and it concerned great [c]conflict, but he understood the [d]message and had an (D)understanding of the vision.

In those days, I, Daniel, had been (E)mourning for three [e]entire weeks. I (F)did not eat any [f]tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great (G)river, that is, the [g]Tigris, I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man (H)dressed in linen, whose waist (I)had a belt of pure (J)gold of Uphaz. His body also was like topaz, his face [h]had the appearance of lightning, (K)his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. Now I, Daniel, (L)alone saw the vision, while the (M)men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great (N)fear fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves. So I was (O)left alone and saw this great vision; yet (P)no strength was left in me, for my complexion turned to [i]a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength. But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I (Q)fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.

Daniel Comforted

10 Then behold, a hand (R)touched me and shook me on my [j]hands and knees. 11 And he said to me, “(S)Daniel, [k]you who are treasured, (T)understand the words that I am about to tell you and (U)stand at your place, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up (V)trembling. 12 Then he said to me, “(W)Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on (X)humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come (Y)in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing [l]in my way for twenty-one days; then behold, (Z)Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to (AA)explain to you what will happen to your people in the [m](AB)latter days, because the vision pertains to (AC)the days still future.”

15 When he had spoken to me according to these words, I [n]turned my face toward the ground and became (AD)speechless. 16 And behold, [o](AE)one who resembled a human was (AF)touching my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who was standing before me, “My lord, due to the vision [p](AG)anguish has come upon me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For (AH)how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As for me, there remains just now (AI)no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me.”

18 Then this one with human appearance touched me again and (AJ)strengthened me. 19 And he said, “[q]You who are treasured, (AK)do not be afraid. Peace be to you; take (AL)courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I felt strengthened and said, “May my lord speak, for you have (AM)strengthened me.” 20 Then he said, “Do you [r]understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am leaving, and behold, the (AN)prince of [s]Greece is about to come. 21 However, I will tell you what is recorded in the writing of (AO)truth. Yet there is no one who [t]stands firmly with me against these forces except (AP)Michael your prince.

Footnotes

  1. Daniel 10:1 Lit word
  2. Daniel 10:1 Lit word
  3. Daniel 10:1 Or warfare
  4. Daniel 10:1 Lit word
  5. Daniel 10:2 Lit weeks of days
  6. Daniel 10:3 Lit delicate
  7. Daniel 10:4 Heb Hiddekel
  8. Daniel 10:6 Lit like
  9. Daniel 10:8 Lit destruction
  10. Daniel 10:10 Lit knees and the palms of my hands
  11. Daniel 10:11 Lit man of treasure
  12. Daniel 10:13 Lit opposite me
  13. Daniel 10:14 Lit end of the days
  14. Daniel 10:15 Lit gave
  15. Daniel 10:16 Lit as a likeness of sons of mankind
  16. Daniel 10:16 Lit my pains have
  17. Daniel 10:19 Lit man of treasure
  18. Daniel 10:20 Lit know
  19. Daniel 10:20 Heb Javan
  20. Daniel 10:21 Lit shows himself courageous

Conflicts to Come

11 “In the (A)first year of Darius the Mede, [a]I arose to be of [b]assistance and a protection for him. And now I will tell you the (B)truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise [c]in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, [d]he will stir up the entire empire against the realm of [e](C)Greece. And a (D)mighty king will arise, and he will rule with great authority and (E)do as he pleases. But as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom will be broken up and parceled out (F)toward the (G)four [f]points of the compass, though not to his own descendants, nor according to his authority which he wielded, because his sovereignty will be (H)removed and given to others besides [g]them.

“Then the (I)king of the South will grow strong, [h]along with one of his princes [i]who will gain ascendancy over him and rule; his domain will be a great realm indeed. And after some years they will form an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the South will come to the (J)king of the North to reach an agreement. But she will not keep her [j]position of power, nor will he remain with his [k]power, but she will be given up, along with those who brought her in and the one who fathered her as well as he who supported her in those times. But one of the [l]descendants of her line will arise in his place, and he will come against their army and enter the (K)fortress of the king of the North, and he will deal with them and prevail. And he will also take into captivity to Egypt their (L)gods with their cast metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold, and he on his part will [m]refrain from attacking the king of the North for some years. Then [n]the latter will enter the realm of the king of the South, but will return to his own land.

10 “And his sons will mobilize and assemble a multitude of great forces; and one of them will keep on coming and (M)overflow and pass through, so that he may [o]again wage war up to his fortress. 11 And the (N)king of the South will be enraged and go out and fight [p]with the king of the North. Then the latter will raise a great multitude, but that multitude will be handed over to [q]the former. 12 When the multitude is carried away, his heart will [r]be haughty, and he will cause tens of thousands to fall; yet he will not prevail. 13 For the king of the North will again raise a greater multitude than the former, and [s]after an (O)interval of some years he will [t]press on with a great army and much equipment.

14 “Now in those times many will rise up against the king of the South; the violent ones among your people will also raise themselves up to fulfill the vision, but they will [u]fall down. 15 Then the king of the North will come, pile up an (P)assault ramp, and capture a well-fortified city; and the forces of the South will not stand their ground, not even [v]their choicest troops, for there will be no strength to make a stand. 16 But he who comes against him will (Q)do as he pleases, and (R)no one will be able to withstand him; he will also stay for a time in the [w](S)Beautiful Land, with destruction in his hand. 17 And he will (T)set his [x]mind on coming with the power of his entire kingdom, [y]bringing with him [z]a proposal of peace which he will put into effect; he will also give him the daughter of women to ruin it. But she will not take a stand for him or be [aa]on his side. 18 Then he will turn his face to the (U)coastlands and capture many. But a commander will put a stop to his taunting against him; moreover, he will (V)repay him for his taunting. 19 So he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will (W)stumble and fall and not be (X)found.

20 “Then in his place one will arise who will (Y)allow an [ab]oppressor to pass through the [ac]Jewel of his kingdom; yet within a few days he will be broken, though not in anger nor in battle. 21 And in his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the majesty of kingship has not been conferred; but he will come in a time of tranquility and (Z)seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22 And the overflowing (AA)forces will be flooded away from him and smashed, and also the prince of the covenant. 23 After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people. 24 [ad]In a time of tranquility he will enter the (AB)richest parts of the [ae]realm, and he will accomplish what his fathers did not, nor his [af]ancestors; he will distribute plunder, spoils, and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 And he will stir up his strength and [ag]courage against the (AC)king of the South with a large army; so the king of the South will mobilize an extremely large and mighty army for war; but he will not stand, because schemes will be devised against him. 26 Those who eat his choice food will [ah]destroy him, and his army will [ai](AD)overflow, but many will fall down slain. 27 As for both kings, their hearts will be intent on (AE)evil, and they will (AF)speak lies to each other at the same table; but it will not succeed, because the (AG)end is still to come at the appointed time. 28 Then he will return to his land with much [aj]plunder; but his heart will be set against the holy covenant, and he will take action and then return to his own land.

29 “At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, but [ak]this last time it will not turn out the way it did before. 30 For ships of [al](AH)Kittim will come against him; therefore he will withdraw in fear and will return and curse the holy covenant and take action; so he will come back and pay attention to those who abandon the holy covenant. 31 Forces from him will arise, (AI)desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the (AJ)abomination [am]of desolation. 32 And by (AK)smooth words he will [an]turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will be (AL)strong and take action. 33 And [ao](AM)those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many; yet they will (AN)fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days. 34 Now when they fall they will be granted a little help, and many will (AO)join with them in (AP)hypocrisy. 35 And some of [ap]those who have insight will fall, to (AQ)refine, (AR)purge, and [aq](AS)cleanse them until the (AT)end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.

36 “Then the king will (AU)do as he pleases, and he will exalt himself and (AV)boast against every god and will (AW)speak [ar]dreadful things against the (AX)God of gods; and he will be successful until the (AY)indignation is finished, because that which is (AZ)determined will be done. 37 And he will show no regard for the [as]gods of his fathers or for the [at]desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will boast against them all. 38 But [au]instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, precious stones, and treasures. 39 And he will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to [av]those who acknowledge him and will make them rulers over the many, and will parcel out land for a price.

40 “And at the (BA)end time the (BB)king of the South will wage war with him, and the (BC)king of the North will (BD)storm against him with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he will enter countries, (BE)overflow them, and pass through. 41 He will also enter the [aw](BF)Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, (BG)Moab, and the foremost of the sons of (BH)Ammon. 42 Then he will reach out with his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. 43 But he will [ax]gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and (BI)Libyans and (BJ)Ethiopians will follow at his [ay]heels. 44 But rumors from the East and from the North will terrify him, and he will go out with great wrath to eliminate and [az]annihilate many. 45 And he will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful (BK)Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.

Footnotes

  1. Daniel 11:1 Lit my standing up was
  2. Daniel 11:1 Lit a strengthener
  3. Daniel 11:2 Lit for
  4. Daniel 11:2 Or they all will stir up the realm of Greece
  5. Daniel 11:2 Heb Javan
  6. Daniel 11:4 Lit winds of the heaven
  7. Daniel 11:4 I.e., his descendants
  8. Daniel 11:5 Lit and
  9. Daniel 11:5 Lit and he
  10. Daniel 11:6 Lit strength of arm
  11. Daniel 11:6 Lit arm
  12. Daniel 11:7 Lit branch of her roots
  13. Daniel 11:8 Lit stand from the king
  14. Daniel 11:9 Lit he will, and so throughout the ch
  15. Daniel 11:10 Or return and wage
  16. Daniel 11:11 Lit with him, with
  17. Daniel 11:11 Lit his hand
  18. Daniel 11:12 Lit rise
  19. Daniel 11:13 Lit at the end of the times, years
  20. Daniel 11:13 Or keep on coming
  21. Daniel 11:14 Lit stumble, and so throughout the ch
  22. Daniel 11:15 Lit the people of its choice ones
  23. Daniel 11:16 I.e., Israel
  24. Daniel 11:17 Lit face
  25. Daniel 11:17 Lit and
  26. Daniel 11:17 Lit equitable things
  27. Daniel 11:17 Lit for him; i.e., for her father
  28. Daniel 11:20 Or tax collector
  29. Daniel 11:20 Lit splendor; i.e., prob. Jerusalem and its temple
  30. Daniel 11:24 Lit In tranquility and the rich...he will enter
  31. Daniel 11:24 Lit province
  32. Daniel 11:24 Lit fathers’ fathers
  33. Daniel 11:25 Lit heart
  34. Daniel 11:26 Lit break
  35. Daniel 11:26 Or be swept away, and many
  36. Daniel 11:28 Lit property
  37. Daniel 11:29 Lit it will not happen as the first and as the last
  38. Daniel 11:30 I.e., Cyprus
  39. Daniel 11:31 Lit that makes desolate; or that causes horror
  40. Daniel 11:32 Or ruin those
  41. Daniel 11:33 Or instructors of the people will
  42. Daniel 11:35 Or the instructors
  43. Daniel 11:35 Or whiten
  44. Daniel 11:36 Or amazing
  45. Daniel 11:37 Or God
  46. Daniel 11:37 Or darling of
  47. Daniel 11:38 Lit in his place
  48. Daniel 11:39 Lit the one who acknowledges
  49. Daniel 11:41 I.e., Israel
  50. Daniel 11:43 Lit rule over
  51. Daniel 11:43 Lit footsteps
  52. Daniel 11:44 Lit devote many to destruction

The Time of the End

12 “Now at that time (A)Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a (B)time of distress (C)such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the (D)book, will be rescued. And (E)many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, (F)these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting [a]contempt. And [b]those who have (G)insight will (H)shine like the glow of the [c]expanse of heaven, and those who [d](I)lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But as for you, Daniel, (J)keep these words secret and (K)seal up the book until the (L)end of time; (M)many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.”

Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the stream and the other on that bank of the stream. And (N)someone said to the man (O)dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “(P)How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” And I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, [e]as he (Q)raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by (R)Him who lives forever that it would be for a [f](S)time, [g]times, and half a [h]time; and as soon as [i]they finish (T)smashing the [j]power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. But as for me, I heard but did not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the [k]outcome of these events?” And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words will be kept secret and (U)sealed up until the end time. 10 (V)Many will be purged, [l]cleansed, and refined, but the (W)wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but [m]those who (X)have insight will understand. 11 And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the (Y)abomination [n]of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 (Z)Blessed is the one who is patient and attains to the (AA)1,335 days! 13 But as for you, go your way to the [o]end; then you will (AB)rest and [p]rise for your (AC)allotted portion at the end of the [q]age.”

Footnotes

  1. Daniel 12:2 Lit abhorrence
  2. Daniel 12:3 Or The instructors will
  3. Daniel 12:3 Or firmament; i.e., atmosphere and space
  4. Daniel 12:3 Or obtain rights for many, like
  5. Daniel 12:7 Lit and
  6. Daniel 12:7 I.e., year(s)
  7. Daniel 12:7 I.e., year(s)
  8. Daniel 12:7 I.e., year(s)
  9. Daniel 12:7 Lit to finish
  10. Daniel 12:7 Lit hand
  11. Daniel 12:8 Or final end
  12. Daniel 12:10 Or whitened
  13. Daniel 12:10 Or the instructors will
  14. Daniel 12:11 Lit that makes desolate; or that causes horror
  15. Daniel 12:13 I.e., end of your life
  16. Daniel 12:13 Lit stand
  17. Daniel 12:13 Lit days