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Daniel 7

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Daniel's vision of the four beasts,

7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head on his bed:
then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters.

7:2 Daniel spoke and said,

I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the sky broke forth on the great sea.

7:3 Four great animals came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagleís wings: I saw until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand on two feet as a man; and a manís heart was given to it.

7:5 Behold, another animal, a second, like a bear; and it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus to it, Arise, devour much flesh.

7:6 After this I saw, and behold, another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the animal had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and, behold, a fourth animal, awesome and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the animals that were before it; and it had ten horns.

7:8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, 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 a mouth speaking great things.

and of God's kingdom.

7:9 I saw until thrones were placed, and one who was ancient of days sat: his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels burning fire.

7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

7:11 I saw at that time because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke; I saw even until the animal was slain, and its body destroyed, and it was given to be burned with fire.

7:12 As for the rest of the animals, their dominion was taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

7:13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, there came with the clouds of the sky one like a son of man,
and he came even to the ancient of days,
and they brought him near before him.

7:14 There was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

The interpretation thereof.

7:15 As for me, Daniel, my spirit was grieved in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.

7:16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.

7:17 These great animals, which are four, are four kings, who shall arise out of the earth.

7:18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.

7:19 Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth animal, which was diverse from all of them, exceedingly terrible, whose teeth were of iron, and its nails of brass; which devoured, broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet;

7:20 and concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three fell, even that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke great things, whose look was more stout than its fellows.

7:21 I saw, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

7:22 until the ancient of days came,
and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High,
and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

7:23 Thus he said, The fourth animal shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be diverse from all the kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

7:24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom shall ten kings arise: and another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the former, and he shall put down three kings.

7:25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time.

7:26 But the judgment shall be set, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end.

7:27 The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole sky,
shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High:
his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

7:28 Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts much troubled me, and my face was changed in me:
but I kept the matter in my heart.

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