1In 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.
2Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and,
behold, the four winds of the sky broke forth on the great sea.
great animals came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I saw until the wings of it were
plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand on two feet
as a man; and a man’s heart was given to it.
5Behold, 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
6After 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.
7After 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.
8I 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.
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 the wheels of it burning fire.
10A 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.
11I 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.
12As for the rest of the animals, their dominion was taken away: yet
their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
13I 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.
14There 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.
15As for me, Daniel, my spirit
was grieved in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16I 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
17These great animals, which are four, are four kings, who
shall arise out of the earth.
18But the saints of the Most High shall
receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.
19Then 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;
20and 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.
21I saw, and the same horn made war with
the saints, and prevailed against them;
22until 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.
23Thus 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
24As 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.
25He 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.
26But the judgment shall be set,
and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the
27The 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.
28Here 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.