The Book Of DANIEL
Daniel 1-6 is set in exile. The Babylonian rulers, presuming to be in
charge of the affairs of the world, challenge the faith of Daniel and
his three fellow Judeans. Readers are to be encouraged because of the
examples of God's care for Daniel and his friends during their ordeals.
Daniel 7-12 depicts both the hardship to be experienced by those who
will live after Daniel and the actions of rulers who reign after the
Babylonians. The final scenes shift to Palestine, the violence
escalates, and rulers directly assault the people of God. Each vision
ends with the affirmation that God will prevail; evil will not have the
The dominant tone in the book is one of encouragement rather than
chastisement. The book does not have a "sinner, take heed" tone. The
examples of faithful courage in the first part of the book serve to
encourage the reader who may have to live in the midst of the dark times
envisioned in the latter part of the book. The visions have many
different twists and turns, but they all end on the encouraging note
that there is a limit to even the worst forms of evil and that the
kingdom of God will prevail.
Where Do I Find It?
In the Christian canon, Daniel is the twenty-seventh book. It follows
Ezekiel and the Major Prophets and precedes Hosea and the Minor
Who Wrote It?
Traditionally the book is attributed to Daniel, a Jewish exile, who
lived during the reigns of the Babylonian kings named in the book as
Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar and the Median and Persian kings named as
Cyrus and Darius. This attribution is widely disputed. The primary
alternative posits an extended period of composition with a final
version emerging around 164 B.C.E.
When Was It Written?
The date of composition is intertwined with the question of authorship.
Daniel 7-12 envisions history well into the future, reflecting broadly
the succession of empires after the exile and specifically the rule of
Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-164 B.C.E.). The extensiveness (and general
accuracy) of the depictions of the actions of Antiochus IV Epiphanes has
led many to conclude that the final composition dates from late in his
reign. However, the depiction of his death does not readily square with
the actual events and has led to the conclusion that the book was
completed shortly before his death. Such dating understands Daniel 1-6
as traditional stories cited as encouragement for enduring persecution
under Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
The alternative is to regard the book as written by Daniel in the exile
to report his own experience and to predict the distant future.
What's It About?
Daniel and three friends persist in their faith despite threats created
by several foreign rulers whom they serve with dedication. They are a
model of fidelity for those who must endure the future events Daniel's
visions depict. The God they confess will be the one who will deliver
the faithful throughout history, no matter how evil forces rage.
How Do I Read It?
A cue to reading the book can be taken from Daniel 3 and 6, in which
Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel let the future be in God's
hands. The issues associated with correlating the kingdoms in the
visions to past or future rulers or nations can be set aside. From that
vantage point, the visions in Daniel 7-12 are like the stories in Daniel
1-6, in that they too wish to encourage faithful persistence in the
face of any kind of persecution.
It is sometimes tempting to become cynical about all the cruelty in the
world's history. We could simply accommodate ourselves to evil and only
do what we have to do in order to survive in the short term. But as
Christians, we have the hope of the women on Easter morning who knew, as
Daniel glimpsed earlier, that everything had changed, fearful as that
may be. The kingdom of God was at hand. This realization is frightening,
because it brings us into the kingdom and the future God will make. In
knowing that God has broken the power of evil and will transform the
world, we know that such transformation will include our transformation,
for we too participate in the evil of the world.
AUTHOR: Richard W. Nysse, Professor of Old Testament
The Book Of DANIEL
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
2 And the
Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the
vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to
the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure
house of his god.
3 And the
king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should
bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of
in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom,
and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had
ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach
the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
5 And the
king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the
wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end
thereof they might stand before the king.
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the
name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of
Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the
portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore
he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who
hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your
faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall
ye make me endanger my head to the king.
11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of
the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou
seest, deal with thy servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
15 And at
the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in
flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
17 As for
these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning
and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
18 Now at
the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in,
then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the
20 And in
all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of
them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and
astrologers that were in all his realm.
21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.
1 And in
the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed
dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the
sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they
came and stood before the king.
3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell
thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if
ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation
thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a
6 But if
ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of
me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and
the interpretation thereof.
7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
9 But if
ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for
you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me,
till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know
that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.
Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon
the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king,
lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer,
11 And it
is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that
can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with
12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the
king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so
hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret;
that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise
men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he
changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up
kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me
wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of
thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.
Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the
wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the
wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto
the king the interpretation.
Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto
him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known
unto the king the interpretation.
king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou
able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the
answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the
king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians,
the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the
king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and
the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
29 As for
thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should
come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to
thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as
for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have
more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the
interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of
31 Thou, O
king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose
brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was
32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the
image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to
was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to
pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer
threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found
for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain,
and filled the whole earth.
36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the
fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee
ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another
third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh
in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these,
shall it break in pieces and bruise.
whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part
of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the
strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle
themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to
another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in
the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which
shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other
people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and
it shall stand for ever.
as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without
hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the
silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what
shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the
interpretation thereof sure.
the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and
commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a
God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing
thou couldest reveal this secret.
the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and
made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the
governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in
the gate of the king.
the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and
the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in
the province of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the
governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the
counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come
to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers,
the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were
gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar
the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar
had set up.
4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
5 That at
what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut,
psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship
the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute,
harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the
nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image
that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
10 Thou, O
king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of
the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds
of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of
Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not
regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image
which thou hast set up.
Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I
have set up?
15 Now if
ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute,
harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall
down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship
not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery
furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar,
we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it
be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning
fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed
against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and
commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it
was wont to be heated.
20 And he
commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and
their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery
because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding
hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake,
and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the
midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the
fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son
Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and
spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the
most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being
gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no
power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats
changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that
trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their
bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own
I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak
any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill:
because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.
great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an
everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:
5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that
they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.
came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the
soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make
known unto me the interpretation thereof.
8 But at
the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar,
according to the name of my God, and in whom is the spirit of the holy
gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,
Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of
the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the
visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.
were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the
midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.
11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:
leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat
for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of
the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.
13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;
cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches,
shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away
from under it, and the fowls from his branches:
leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and
brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew
of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the
16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.
matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of
the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High
ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and
setteth up over it the basest of men.
dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare
the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom
are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art
able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his
thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not
the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar
answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the
interpretation thereof to thine enemies.
tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached
unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;
leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for
all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches
the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:
22 It is
thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is
grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the
whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven,
and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of
the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in
the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven,
and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times
pass over him;
24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the
beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and
they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass
over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of
men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom
shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the
heavens do rule.
O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins
by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if
it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for
the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of
the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven,
saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is
departed from thee.
they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the
beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and
seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High
ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven
from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew
of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his
nails like birds' claws.
34 And at
the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven,
and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High,
and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is
an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to
all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth
according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants
of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest
36 At the
same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom,
mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my
lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent
majesty was added unto me.
37 Now I
Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose
works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he
is able to abase.
1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver
vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple
which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and
his concubines, might drink therein.
they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the
house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his
wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
5 In the
same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the
candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the
king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so
that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one
king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the
soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon,
Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation
thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about
his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing,
nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.
9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the
banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let
not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:
is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in
the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the
wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy
father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians,
astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting
of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were
found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let
Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto
Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity
of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
14 I have
even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that
light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.
now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that
they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation
thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:
16 And I
have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve
doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the
interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a
chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the
Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself,
and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the
king, and make known to him the interpretation.
18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages,
trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would
he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put
when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was
deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
21 And he
was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the
beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with
grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he
knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he
appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;
hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought
the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy
wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast
praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone,
which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath
is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.
25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a
chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him,
that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes
might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an
excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the
the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel
concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault;
forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found
said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel,
except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
7 All the
presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the
counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a
royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a
petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he
shall be cast into the den of lions.
8 Now, O
king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not
changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth
9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house;
and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled
upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his
God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree;
Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition
of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be
cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is
true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth
answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the
children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the
decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself,
and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the
going down of the sun to deliver him.
these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king,
that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute
which the king establisheth may be changed.
the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den
of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou
servest continually, he will deliver thee.
17 And a
stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king
sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that
the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were
instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel:
and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living
God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee
from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God
hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have
not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also
before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should
take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den,
and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his
the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel,
and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and
their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their
bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make
a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear
before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for
ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his
dominion shall be even unto the end.
delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and
in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
1 In the
first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions
of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings
thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made
stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself
on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth
of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back
of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion
was given to it.
this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and
terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it
devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of
it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it
had ten horns.
considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another
little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up
by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man,
and a mouth speaking great things.
beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit,
whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure
wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning
fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands
ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before
him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn
spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed,
and given to the burning flame.
12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13 I saw
in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the
clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him
near before him.
there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people,
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.
15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16 I came
near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all
this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
19 Then I
would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all
the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails
of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with
20 And of
the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up,
and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth
that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
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.
he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which
shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth,
and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and
another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first,
and he shall subdue three kings.
25 And he
shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the
saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they
shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of
26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most
High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall
serve and obey him.
is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much
troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in
1 In the
third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me,
even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.
2 And I
saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan
in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision,
and I was by the river of Ulai.
3 Then I
lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a
ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was
higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
4 I saw
the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no
beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver
out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
5 And as I
was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of
the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable
horn between his eyes.
6 And he
came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the
river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
7 And I
saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against
him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power
in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and
stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of
the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn
was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds
9 And out
of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great,
toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
10 And it
waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the
host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the
daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast
12 And an
host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of
transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it
practised, and prospered.
13 Then I
heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain
saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily
sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the
sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
15 And it
came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought
for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance
of a man.
16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17 So he
came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon
my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time
of the end shall be the vision.
18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.
19 And he
said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of
the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
23 And in
the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to
the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark
sentences, shall stand up.
his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall
destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy
the mighty and the holy people.
through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and
he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many:
he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be
broken without hand.
the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true:
wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
27 And I
Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did
the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none
1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
2 In the
first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the
years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that
he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 And I
prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord,
the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that
love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
5 We have
sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have
rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy
name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people
of the land.
7 O LORD,
righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as
at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all
the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass
that they have trespassed against thee.
8 O Lord,
to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to
our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might
not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath
that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have
sinned against him.
12 And he
hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our
judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the
whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
13 As it
is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made
we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our
iniquities, and understand thy truth.
hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the
LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed
not his voice.
now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land
of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this
day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
LORD, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine
anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy
mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers,
Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his
supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is
desolate, for the Lord's sake.
18 O my
God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our
desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not
present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for
thy great mercies.
Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for
thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy
whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of
my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God
for the holy mountain of my God;
whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen
in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me
about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
23 At the
beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am
come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand
the matter, and consider the vision.
weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish
the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make
reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness,
and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment
to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be
seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built
again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for
himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the
city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and
unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he
shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of
the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for
the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until
the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the
1 In the
third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel,
whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time
appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding
of the vision.
2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.
3 I ate
no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I
anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;
5 Then I
lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in
linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of
lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like
in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice
of a multitude.
7 And I
Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the
vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide
I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no
strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I
retained no strength.
heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words,
then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.
10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
11 And he
said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words
that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent.
And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou
didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy
God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days:
but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I
remained there with the kings of Persia.
14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
15 And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then
I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O
my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have
retained no strength.
how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for
me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there
breath left in me.
18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,
said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong,
yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and
said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return
to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the
prince of Grecia shall come.
21 But I
will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there
is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
1 Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
2 And now
will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three
kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and
by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the
realm of Grecia.
3 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be
divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor
according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be
plucked up, even for others beside those.
5 And the
king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall
be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great
6 And in
the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's
daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an
agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall
he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and they that brought
her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times.
7 But out
of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall
come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the
north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:
shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and
with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall
continue more years than the king of the north.
9 So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.
his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great
forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through:
then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress.
the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth
and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set
forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.
when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and
he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened
the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude
greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years
with a great army and with much riches.
14 And in
those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south:
also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the
vision; but they shall fall.
15 So the
king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most
fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither
his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
16 But he
that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none
shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which
by his hand shall be consumed.
shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom,
and upright ones with him; thus shall he do: and he shall give him the
daughter of women, corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side,
neither be for him.
this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many: but a
prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to
cease; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him.
19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.
shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the
kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger,
nor in battle.
21 And in
his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give
the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain
the kingdom by flatteries.
22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and
he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers'
fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches:
yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even
for a time.
25 And he
shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south
with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to
battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for
they shall forecast devices against him.
26 Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain.
both of these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall
speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall
be at the time appointed.
shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be
against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his
29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be
grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so
shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that
forsake the holy covenant.
arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of
strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place
the abomination that maketh desolate.
such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries:
but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they
shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many
34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and
to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a
the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and
magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things
against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be
accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor
regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
38 But in
his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his
fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with
precious stones, and pleasant things.
shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall
acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule
over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
40 And at
the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the
king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with
chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter
into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be
overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab,
and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he
shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all
the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall
be at his steps.
tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him:
therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to
make away many.
45 And he
shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the
glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall
1 And at
that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for
the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such
as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at
that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found
written in the book.
many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to
everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and
they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time
of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
5 Then I
Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side
of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the
6 And one
said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the
river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
7 And I
heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river,
when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware
by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an
half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the
holy people, all these things shall be finished.
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do
wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall
from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the
abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two
hundred and ninety days.
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days