Dan. 1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
Dan. 1:2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his gods in Shinar (Babylonia) and put in the treasure house of his gods.
Dan. 1:3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring from the sons of Israel some from the family (lit. seed) of the king (royalty) and the nobility,
Dan. 1:4 young men without any defect, and good of appearance, well versed in all kinds of wisdom, endowed with knowledge, having keen insight, and capable to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians (Chaldeans).
Dan. 1:5 The king assigned to them a daily ration from his daily choice portion of the king’s food and from the wine of which he drank and they were to be educated for three years at the end of which they were to enter the king’s service.
Dan. 1:6 Now it happened that among them were some from the sons (tribe) of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
Dan. 1:7 Then the chief of the officials assigned names: he called Daniel, Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
Dan. 1:8 But Daniel resolved in his heart not to defile himself with the royal portion of food and wine of his feast (lit. of his drinking). So he sought permission from the overseer of the officials that he not defile himself.
Dan. 1:9 Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the officials,
Dan. 1:10 but the chief of the officials told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you (lit. your face) looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
Dan. 1:11 Daniel then said to the overseer whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah
Dan. 1:12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let us be given some vegetables to eat and water to drink;
Dan. 1:13 “Then compare our appearance before you and the appearance of the youths who are eating the choice portions of the king; then deal with your servants from what you see.
Dan. 1:14 So he listened to them and agreed to the proposal and tested them for ten days.
Dan. 1:15 At the end of the ten days their appearance seemed better and fatter of flesh (healthy) than all the youth who were eating the choice portions of the king.
Dan. 1:16 So the overseer withheld the choice food and wine they were to drink and gave to them vegetables.
Dan. 1:17 Now for these four youths, God gave to them
knowledge and comprehension in all kinds of literature
and wisdom—and Daniel had insight in to all kinds of visions and dreams.
Daniel 1:18 At the end of the days when the King had said to bring them, the chief of the officials brought them before Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel 1:19 When the king spoke with them, there was not found from all of them (candidates) like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service.
Daniel 1:20 In every matter of wisdom and insight which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
Daniel 1:21 And Daniel continued on until the first year of Cyrus the king.
Dan. 2:1 Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep was over with.
Dan. 2:2 So the king gave orders to summon the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and the Chaldeans to tell him to the king his dreams. Then they came in and stood before the king.
Dan. 2:3 The king said to them, “I have had a dream and my spirit is anxious to understand the dream.”
Dan. 2:4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king. (Begin) in Aramaic:” “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will reveal the interpretation”
Dan. 2:5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The command from me is firm: If you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be made (just a pile of limbs) and your houses will be made ruins.
Dan. 2:6 But if you reveal the dream and its interpretation, you will receive gifts and rewards and great honor from me. Therefore reveal to me the dream and its interpretation.”
Dan. 2:7 They answered and said a second time, “ Let the king tell the dream to his servants and we will reveal the interpretation.”
Dan. 2:8 The king said, “I know for certain that you are attempting to gain time, because you have seen that my decision is firm,
Dan. 2:9 that if you do not know the dream, there is only one penalty for you. For you have agreed [together] to tell me lying and corrupt word(s) until things might change. Therefore, tell the dream to me and I will know that you can reveal to me its interpretation.
Dan. 2:10 The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can declare the king’s matter (dream). For no king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician, enchanter or Chaldean.
Dan. 2:11 What the king asks is difficult and there is no one who could reveal it except the gods who do not dwell among (mortal) men.
Dan. 2:12 Because of this the king got angry and very furious and demanded the execution of all the wise men of Babylon.
Dan, 2:13 So the decree went out that the wise men are going to be killed. They also sought Daniel and his friends so they could be killed.
Dan. 2:14 Then Daniel spoke with wisdom and tact to Arioch the captain of the king’s bodyguard, who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon.
Dan. 2:15 He (inquiring) said to Arioch, the king’s officer, “For what reason is the decree of the king so urgent. Then Arioch informed Daniel about the matter.
Dan. 2:16 So Daniel went in and requested of the king to give him time to reveal the interpretation to the king.
Dan. 2:17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
Dan. 2:18 so that they might seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery so that Daniel and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
Dan. 2:19 Then during the night, the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Dan. 2:20 Daniel responded and said,
“Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him.
Dan. 2:21 He changes times and seasons, removing kings and establishing kings, giving wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the to those who have understanding.
Dan. 2:22 He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness and the light dwells with him.
Dan. 2:23 To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and power.
Now you have made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter (dream).”
Dan. 2:24 Therefore, Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon; he came and said to him; “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon. Take me before the king, and I will declare the interpretation to the king.”
Dan. 2:25 Arioch quickly took Daniel before the king and said to him, “I have found a man among the sons of the exiles from Judah who can make known the interpretation to the king!”
Dan. 2:26 The king responded and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?”
Dan. 2:27 Daniel responded in the presence of the king and said, “As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, enchanters, magicians nor diviners are able to declare it to the king.
Dan. 2:28 “However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the latter (end of) days. This was your dream and the visions (of your head) in your mind while on your bed.
Dan. 2:29 “As for you O king, while you were on your bed, your thoughts went to what will be after this (that is, the future) and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what will happen.
Dan. 2:30 “But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom that is in me is not more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.
Dan. 2:31 You, O king, while looking you saw—and behold there was a single great statue; that statue was enormous and extraordinarily bright standing before you and its appearance was frightening.
Dan. 2:32 The head of that statue was fine gold, its chest and arms were of silver. Its belly and its thighs were of bronze.
Dan. 2:33 Its legs were of iron; its feet were partly from iron and partly from clay.
Dan. 2:34 While looking, you watched until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them to pieces.
Dan. 2:35 Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were broken in pieces as one and it became like chaff on the summer threshing floors that the wind carries away. Not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain that filled the entire earth.
Dan. 2:36 “This was the dream; now we will tell its interpretation before the king.
Dan. 2:37 You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion (the kingdom) and power and might and glory;
Dan. 2:38 wherever the sons of man (mankind), the beasts of the field (wild animals) and the birds of the sky live, he has given them into your hand (power) and has caused you to rule over them all. You are that head of gold.
Dan. 2:39 “After you there will arise another kingdom inferior to yours. Then a third kingdom of bronze, which will rule in all the earth.
Dan. 2:40 Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong like iron. Just like iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything— and as iron breaks in pieces all of these metals, so it will break in pieces, crushing the others.
Dan. 2:41 In that you saw feet and toes partly of potter’s (soft/wet) clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom. Some of the strength of iron will be in it, for you saw iron mixed with soft clay.
Dan. 2:42 As the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay so at the end of this kingdom, it will be partly strong and partly brittle.
Dan. 2:43 As you saw iron mixed with soft clay so with the seed of man (people) will become mixed together but they will not adhere with one another even as iron does not mix with clay.
Dan. 2:44 In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms. But it will stand forever.
Dan. 2:45 This is what you saw with that stone cut out of a mountain without human hands and that broke to pieces the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold. The great God has made known to the king of what will occur after this (in the future). The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy.
Dan. 2:46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and did homage to Daniel, and gave orders to present to him an offering and fragrant incense.
Dan. 2:47 The king answered Daniel and said, “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”
Dan. 2:48 Then the king honored Daniel and gave him many great gifts, and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon.
Dan. 2:49 And Daniel requested from the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego over the administration of the province of Babylon, while Daniel was in the king’s court.
Dan. 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits and its width six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
Dan. 3:2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent word to assemble the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Dan. 3:3 Then the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces were assembled for the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
Dan. 3:4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed: “To you the command is given, O peoples, nations and men of all languages:
Dan. 3:5 When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
Dan, 3:6 “But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.”
Dan. 3:7 Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of all languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Dan. 3:8 Now at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought malicious accusations against the Jews.
Dan. 3:9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever!
Dan. 3:10 You have issued a decree, O king, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must bow down and worship the image of gold,
Dan. 3:11 “But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.
Dan. 3:12 “There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.”
Dan. 3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. Then these men were brought before the king.
Dan. 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?
Dan. 3:15 Now if you are ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music, you must bow down and worship the image that I have made. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands (power) ?”
Dan. 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter.
Dan 3:17 If our God whom we are serving exists, he is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he will rescue us, O king, from your hand (power) also.
Dan. 3:18 “But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Dan. 3:19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with anger and the expression of his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He responded and gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.
Dan. 3:20 and he commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire.
Dan. 3:21 Then these men were tied up in their trousers, their coats, their caps and their other clothes, and were cast into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire.
Dan. 3:22 But because the king’s command was so urgent and (because) the furnace was so extremely hot, the men who made Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego go up (to the fire) were killed by the (raging) flame of the fire.
Dan. 3:23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up.
Dan. 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up quickly; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast tied up into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.”
Dan. 3:25 Responding, he said, “But I see four men untied walking in the midst of the fire and they are not hurt (burned) and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”
Dan. 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar approached the opening of the furnace of blazing fire; He called out and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here! Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire.
Dan. 3:27 Once the satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect (lit. power) on the bodies of these men nor were the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor was the smell of fire on them.
Dan. 3:28 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God.
Dan. 3:29 “Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation or language that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego shall have their limbs torn off and their houses reduced to a rubbish heap. For there exists no other god who can deliver in this way.”
Dan. 3:30 Then the king caused Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to prosper in the province of Babylon.
Dan. 4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples nations and men of every language that live in all the earth (land): May your peace and prosperity be great!
Dan. 4:2 “It seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me.
Dan. 4:3 “How great are His signs
and how mighty are His wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
and His dominion is from generation to generation.
Dan. 4:4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was relaxing in my home, living luxuriously in my palace.
Dan. 4:5 I had a dream that terrified me; and these fantasies as I lay on my bed and visions in my head (mind) greatly alarmed me.
Dan. 4:6 So from me there was issued an order for all the wise men of Babylon to be brought before me so that they could make known to me the interpretation of the dream.
Dan. 4:7 “Then the magicians, the conjurers, the Chaldeans (astrologers) and the diviners came in and I told the dream to them, but they could not make known its interpretation to me.
Dan. 4:8 “Then finally Daniel came in before me, whose name is Belteshazzar according to the name of my god, and in whom is a spirit of the holy gods (or Holy God); and I told the dream to him,
Dan. 4:9 I said “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Tell me the interpretations of the visions of my dream which I have seen.
Dan. 4:11 The tree grew large and strong and its top reached the heavens (sky); And it was visible to the end of the whole earth.
Dan. 4:12 ‘Its foliage (leaves) was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and in its branches lived birds of the heavens (sky) and from it all the flesh (creatures) used to feed themselves.
Dan. 4:13 While looking I saw in visions of my head (mind) as I lay on my bed: and behold, an angelic watcher, a holy one descended from heaven.
Dan. 4:14 He shouted with a loud voice and thus said, “Chop down the tree and cut off its branches. Strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit; Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches.
Dan. 4:15 But leave the stump with its roots in the ground with a band of iron and bronze around it in the grass of the field. Let it become damp with the dew of the heavens, and let it share (to live) with the animals in the grass of the earth.
Dan. 4:16 “Let his heart be changed from that of a man and let a animal’s heart be given to him, and let seven periods of time pass over him.
Dan. 4:17 This sentence is by the decree of angelic watchers and the decision is a pronouncement of the holy ones so that the living may know that the Most High is the ruler over the realm of mankind and gives it to whom he wishes and sets over it the lowliest of men.
Dan. 4:18 ‘This is the dream which I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, tell me its interpretation, for none of the wise men of my kingdom are able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for a spirit of the holy gods is in you.’
Dan. 4:19 “Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him. The king spoke up and said, ‘Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation alarm you.’ Belteshazzar replied and said, ‘My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to your adversaries!
Dan. 4:20 The tree that you saw became great and grew strong and its height reached the heavens (sky) and was visible to all the earth,
Dan. 4:21 whose foliage (leaves) was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all, under which the animals of the field lived and its branches the birds of the heavens (sky) nested ——
Dan. 4:22 it is you, O king; for you have become great and grown strong, and your greatness has grown and reaches the heavens and your dominion to the ends of the earth.
Dan. 4:23 ‘In the dream, the king saw an angelic watcher, a holy one, descending from heaven and saying, “Chop down the tree and destroy it; yet leave the stump with its roots in the ground, but with a band of iron and bronze around it in the grass of the field, and let it become damp with the dew of heaven and let him share (live) with the animals of the field until seven periods of time pass over him.
Dan. 4:24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king:
Dan. 4:25 that you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the animals of the field, and you be given grass to eat like oxen and be damp with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and gives it to whomever He wishes.
Dan. 4:26 They commanded to leave the stump with the roots of the tree—for your kingdom will be restored (Lit. enduring) after you finally realize that Heaven rules.
Dan. 4:27 ‘Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing what is right and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, that your prosperity maybe extended.
Dan. 4:28 All this happened to Nebuchadnezzar the king.
Dan. 4:29 Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon.
Dan. 4:30 The king said these words: “Is this not the Babylon the great that I myself have built for a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?”
Dan. 4:31 “While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven, saying, ‘ It is declared to you King Nebuchadnezzar: The kingdom has been removed from you,
Dan. 4:32 and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the animals of the field. You will be given grass to eat like oxen and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and gives it to whomever He wishes.’
Dan. 4:33 “Immediately the word about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like an ox, and his body became damp with the dew of heaven (sky) until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.
Dan. 4:34 “But at the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
Dan. 4:35 “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will with the army of heaven and with those who dwell on earth. And no one can slap away his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’
Dan. 4:36 At that time my sanity returned to me and the majesty and splendor returned to me for the glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished over my kingdom and even more greatness was added to me.
Dan. 4:37 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”
Dan. 5:1 Belshazzar the king held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of his thousand guests.
Dan. 5:2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his grandfather had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them.
Dan. 5:3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken out of the temple (proper), the house of God which was in Jerusalem; and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them.
Dan. 5:4 As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
Dan. 5:5 Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand came out of no where and began writing opposite (or near) the lamp stand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king was watching the back of the hand that did the writing.
Dan. 5:6 Then the countenance (color) of the king’s face changed and his thoughts were alarming him and the joints of his limbs became weak and his knees began knocking together.
Dan. 5:7 The king called out loud to bring in the conjurers, the Chaldeans and the diviners. The king spoke and said to the wise men of Babylon, “Any man who can read this inscription and explain its interpretation to me shall be clothed with purple and have a necklace of gold around his neck, and be third ruler in the kingdom.”
Dan. 5:8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king.
Dan. 5:9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, his countenance changed even more, and his nobles were perplexed.
Dan. 5:10 The queen entered the banquet room because of the words of the king and his nobles; the queen spoke and said, “O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you or your countenance (color) be changed.
Dan. 5:11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him; and in the days of your grandfather, illumination, insight and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar, your grandfather appointed him chief of the magicians, conjurers, Chaldeans and diviners.
Dan. 5:12 “This was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, skill in the interpretation of dreams, answering riddles and solving problems were found in this Daniel whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be summoned and he will declare the interpretation.
Dan. 5:13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel who is one of the sons of the exiles from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah?
Dan. 5:14 I have heard about you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you.
Dan. 5:15 Now the wise men and the conjurers were brought in before me that they might read this inscription and make known the interpretation to me, but they could not declare the interpretation of the message.
Dan. 5:16 I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve problems. Now if you are able to read the inscription and make known its interpretation to me, you will be clothed with purple and have a gold necklace around your neck and be third ruler in the kingdom.
Dan. 5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the inscription to the king and make the interpretation known to him.
Dan. 5:18 O king, the Most High God granted kingship, greatness, glory and majesty to Nebuchadnezzar your grandfather.
Dan. 5:19 “Because of the greatness which He bestowed on him, all the peoples, nations and people of every language feared and trembled before him; whomever he wanted, he put to death—whomever he wanted, he let live, whomever he wanted, he promoted —whomever he wanted, he demoted.
Dan. 5:20 “But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit became so proud that he behaved arrogantly, he was deposed from his royal throne and honor was taken away from him.
Dan. 5:21 “He was also driven away from sons of man (people), and his heart was made like that of an animal, and his dwelling place with wild donkeys, he was fed grass like oxen and his body became damp with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind and he sets over it whomever he wishes.
Dan. 5:22 “Yet you, his grandson, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this,
Dan. 5:23 instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. You brought before you the vessels from his temple, and you and your nobles, together with your wives and concubines, drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone– that cannot see or hear or understand! But the God in whose hand is your breath and all your ways, you have not glorified.
Dan. 5:24 Then the hand was sent from him, and this writing was inscribed.
Dan. 5:25 “Now this is the inscription that was written out: ‘MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.’
Dan. 5:26 This is the interpretation of the words: ‘MENE’ — God has numbered your kingdom and brought it to an end.
Dan. 5:27 “‘TEKEL’ — you have been weighed on the scales and found lacking.
Dan. 5:28 “‘PERES’ — your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.”
Dan. 5:29 Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a necklace of gold around his neck, and they proclaimed him to be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Dan. 5:30 In that same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain,
Dan. 5:31 and Darius the Mede received the kingdom at sixty-two.
Dan. 6:1 It seemed good to Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, that they would be in charge of the whole kingdom,
Dan. 6:2 and over them three supervisors, one of whom was Daniel, that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer loss.
Dan. 6:3 Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the supervisors and satraps because there was in him an extraordinary spirit and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom.
Dan. 6:4 Then the supervisors and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel concerning administrative matters; but they could not find any ground of accusation because he was trustworthy and no negligence or corruption were found in him.
Dan. 6:5 Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him in connection to the law of his God.”
Dan. 6:6 Then these supervisors and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him: “King Darius, live forever!
Dan. 6:7 All the supervisors of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition (prays a prayer) to any god or man besides you, O king, for the next thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den.
Dan. 6:8 “Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”
Dan. 6:9 Therefore King Darius signed the document, that is, the injunction.
Dan. 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house, where the windows in his roof chamber were open toward Jerusalem; and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day praying and praising God as he usually did.
Dan. 6:11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel praying and asking for help before his God.
Dan. 6:12 Then they approached and spoke to the king about the king’s injunction, “Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?” The king said, “That word is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be repealed.”
Dan. 6:13 Then they answered and said the king, “Daniel, who is one of the sons of exile from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”
Dan. 6:14 Then when the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and tried to think on how he might deliver Daniel; and even until sunset he worked at a way to deliver him.
Dan. 6:15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”
Dan. 6:16 Then the king gave the order, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “May your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”
Dan. 6:17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.
Dan. 6:18 Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night without eating, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
Dan. 6:19 Then the king arose at dawn, at earliest daylight, and went in haste to the lions’ den.
Dan. 6:20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
Dan. 6:21 Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever!
Dan. 6:22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not harmed me, because I was found innocent before Him; also toward you O King, I have done no crime.
Dan. 6:23 Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Dan. 6:24 The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and they cast them, their children and their wives into the lion’s den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Dan. 6:25 Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language who were living in all the land: “May your peace increase!
Dan. 6:26 From me a decree is established in all the dominion of my kingdom—people are to revere and fear the God of Daniel. For he is the living God enduring forever. His kingdom will not be destroyed; his authority is forever.
Dan. 6:27 He rescues and delivers and performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of lions!
Dan. 6:28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Dan. 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind while he was lying on his bed. Then he wrote down a summary of the dream and told these words.
Dan. 7:2 Daniel said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.
Dan. 7:3 Then four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
Dan. 7:4 “The first was like a lion with wings of an eagle on it. I watched until its wings were pulled off, and it was lifted up from the ground so that it stood on its feet like a man and a heart of a man was given to it
Dan. 7:5 “And behold, another beast, a second one, was like a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; And thus they were saying to it, ‘Arise and devour much meat.”
Dan. 7:6 After this, while I was looking, behold another, like a leopard with four bird wings upon its back. The beast had four heads and dominion was given to it.
Dan. 7:7 After this, while I was still looking in the night visions then behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth which devoured and crushed to pieces and what was left, it trampled with its feet. It was different from all the beasts which were before it and it had ten horns.
Dan. 7:8 “While I was thinking hard about the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up between them and three of the first horns were torn up by the roots from before it (little horn); and behold, eyes as a man were in this horn and a mouth speaking great things.
Dan. 7:9 “While I was looking until
thrones were set in place and the Ancient of days took His seat;
His clothing was as white as snow
and his head as pure wool
and his throne was ablaze with fire,
its wheels a burning fire.
Dan.7:10 “A river of fire was flowing
and coming out from before Him;
Thousands upon thousands of angels were attending Him,
And myriads upon myriads of angels were standing before Him;
The court sat and the books were opened.
Dan. 7:11 “Then I kept looking because of the sound of the great words which the horn was speaking; “ I was looking still until the beast was killed, and its body was destroyed and given to the flaming fire.
Dan. 7:12 “As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.
Dan. 7:13 I kept looking in the night visions
And behold with the clouds of heaven,
One like a son of man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
Dan. 7:14 To Him was given dominion,
honor, and sovereignty.
All peoples, nations, and language groups
were revering him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
which will not pass away;
And his kingdom will not be destroyed.
Dan. 7:15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my head were alarming me.
Dan. 7:16 I approached one of those standing nearby and asked him about the exact meaning of all this. So he spoke to me and made known to me the interpretation of the vision:
Dan. 7:17 ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth.
Dan. 7:18 ‘But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever and ever.’
Dan. 7:19 “Then I wanted to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, very dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet,
Dan. 7:20 and to know about the meaning of the ten horns on its head and the other horn which came up, and before which three horns fell—the little horn which had eyes and a mouth speaking great boasts and which was larger in appearance than its companions.
Dan. 7:21 “I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the holy ones and overpowering them
Dan. 7:22 until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was given in favor of the holy ones of the Most High and the time came for the holy ones to take possession of the kingdom
Dan. 7:23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it.
Dan. 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that arise from it. And another will arise after them and he will be different from the previous ones and will bring down three kings.
Dan. 7:25 He will speak against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Most High and he will intend to change the times and law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.
Dan. 7:26 But the court will convene, and his dominion will be taken away, destroyed and abolished forever!
Dan. 7:27 ‘Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’
Dan. 7:28 “This is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and the countenance changed upon my face but I kept the matter to myself.
Dan. 8:1 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the one that had appeared to me previously.
Dan. 8:2 In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; In the vision I saw myself at the Ulai Canal.
Dan. 8:3 Then I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a ram with two long horns was standing at the canal. Now the horns were long and one horn was longer than the other and it came up after the shorter one.
Dan. 8:4 I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him and no one could deliver anyone from his power and he did as he pleased and became great.
Dan. 8:5 As I was thinking about this, behold, a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the entire earth without touching the ground; and the male goat had a conspicuous horn between its eyes.
Dan. 8:6 He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing at the canal, and he charged at it with raging power.
Dan. 8:7 I saw him strike at the ram. He was enraged at him and he struck the ram breaking his two horns and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So the goat threw him to the ground and trampled on him and there was no one to rescue the ram from its power.
Dan.8:8 Then the male goat magnified himself greatly. But as soon as he was strong the large horn was broken, up came four prominent horns toward the four winds of heaven.
Dan. 8:9 From one of them came a small horn and it grew very great toward the south and toward the east and toward the beautiful land.
Dan. 8:10 It grew up to the army of the heavens and it caused some from the army of the heavens and some of the stars to fall to the earth and it trampled them.
Dan. 8:11 It also made itself as great as the Prince of the army from whom the daily sacrifice was removed, and the place of his sanctuary was thrown down.
Dan. 8:12 The army was given over to the horn along with the daily sacrifice at the time of this rebellion. The horn threw the truth down to the ground and did what it did and prospered.
Dan. 8:13 Then I heard a holy one speaking. Another holy one said to the one who was speaking, “How long will the vision take place, the one about the daily sacrifice and the rebellion that causes destruction, with the giving over of the sanctuary and army being trampled?”
Dan. 8:14 He said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be properly restored.”
Dan. 8:15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought understanding and behold, standing before me was one who appeared like a mighty man.
Dan. 8:16 Then I heard the voice of a man between the banks of the Ulai, called out, “Gabriel, enable this person to understand the vision.”
Dan.8:17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; Then he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”
Dan. 8:18 While he was speaking to me, I fell into a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and made me stand upright.
Dan. 8:19 He said, “Behold, I am going to let you know what will happen at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
Dan. 8:20 “The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.
Dan. 8:21 The male goat, the buck is the king of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Dan. 8:22 “The broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms that will arise from his nation but not have his power.
Dan. 8:23 Toward the end of their reign as kings, when these transgressors have completed their course—a stern faced king will arise who understands intrigue.
Dan. 8:24 His power will be great, but not by his own power. He will cause extraordinary destruction and will succeed in what he does. He will destroy powerful people and the holy people.
Dan. 8:25 And through his treachery, he will prosper through deceit. He will have an arrogant attitude. He will destroy many who are at ease. He will even stand up against the Prince of princes. But without any human agency, he will be broken.
Dan. 8:26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings which have been told is true; but you seal up the vision for it refers to many days from now.
Dan. 8:27 Then I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business; but I was astounded at the vision and there was no way to explain it.
Dan. 9:1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans —
Dan. 9:2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, came to understand in the books of Scripture the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolation of Jerusalem—seventy years.
Dan. 9:3 So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.
Dan. 9:4 I prayed to the LORD, my God and confessed and said, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
Dan. 9:5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from your commandments and ordinances.
Dan. 9:6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
Dan. 9:7 To you belongs righteousness, O Lord but to us belongs shame of face as it is this present day—to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the lands where you have driven them because of their unfaithful acts which they committed against you.
Dan. 9:8 O LORD, to us belongs shame of face— to our kings, our princes and our fathers because we have sinned against you.
Dan. 9:9 “To the Lord our God belongs compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him.
Dan. 9:10 neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws which He set before us through His servants the prophets.
Dan. 9:11 “Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; Therefore, the curse has been poured out on us and the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.
Dan. 9:12 Thus he has carried out his words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; Nothing has been done under all of heaven as has been done to Jerusalem.
Dan. 9:13 “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquities and seeking your truth.
Dan. 9:14 “The LORD has watched over the calamity and brought it upon us because the LORD our God is righteous in all the deeds which he has done, but we have not obeyed his voice.”
Dan. 9:15 “And now, O Lord our God, who has brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for yourself, as it is remembered this day— we have sinned and behaved wickedly.
Dan. 9:16 O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, please let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a reproach to all those around us.
Dan. 9:17 “So now, our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his requests, and let your face shine on your desolate sanctuary, for your sake, O Lord,
Dan. 9:18 “O my God, incline your ear and hear! Open your eyes and see our desolations of the cities and the city over which your name is called; For it is not because of our righteousness that we present our requests unto you but because of you great mercy.”
Dan. 9:19 “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay, for your own sake, O my God! For your name is called over your city and your people.”
Dan. 9:20 While I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and making my request to the LORD my God concerning the holy mountain of my God—
Dan. 9:21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the one who appeared as a man Gabriel, the angel, whom I had seen in the vision previously was made to come swiftly to me about the time of the evening sacrifice.
Dan. 9:22 He instructed and spoke with me and said, “Daniel, I have come forth to give you insight with understanding.”
Dan. 9:23 “At the beginning of your requests, a command was issued and I have come to tell you, for you are highly valued; so consider the message and understand the the vision.
Dan. 9:24 “Seventy sevens have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to put an end to the rebellion, to bring sin to completion, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place.
Dan. 9:25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with streets and moat, even in times of distress.
Dan. 9:26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, the people of the ruler who shall come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end will come as a flood; even to the end there is war; desolations are decreed.
Dan. 9:27 And he will confirm an alliance with the many for one ‘seven,’ but in the middle of the seven, he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of abominations will come one who causes desolation until a decreed end, is poured out on the one who is desolating.
Dan. 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, who was called Belteshazzar; This message was true and concerned great conflict. He understood the message and the understanding came to him in an appearance of the angel.
Dan. 10:2 In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three whole weeks.
Dan. 10:3 I did not eat any fine foods and neither meat nor wine entered my mouth, and I used no ointment for three full weeks.
Dan. 10:4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was on the bank of the great river, the Tigris,
Dan. 10:5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, and his waist was girded with pure gold from Uphaz.
Dan. 10:6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like blazing torches; his arms and feet had the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.
Dan. 10:7 Now I, Daniel, alone saw the appearance, while the men who were with me did not see the appearance; However, great fear overcame them, and they ran away to hide.
Dan. 10:8 So I was left alone and I saw this great appearance; yet no strength remained in me and my natural glory changed to a deathly pallor and I had no strength.
Dan. 10:9 Then I heard the sound of his words; I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
Dan. 10:10 Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my knees and the palms of my hands.
Dan. 10:11 He said to me, “ Daniel, man of great value, understand with the words which I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
Dan. 10:12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
Dan. 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia took a stand against me twenty-one days; then behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
Dan. 10:14 “Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to those yet future days.
Dan. 10:15 While he was speaking these words to me, I bowed my face to the ground and became silent.
Dan. 10:16 And behold, one who was as a son of man was touching my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who was standing before me, “My lord, as a result of the vision, anxiety has overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength.
Dan. 10:17 “For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As for me, there is now no strength remaining in me and there is no breath left in me.
Dan. 10:18 Then again, the one with the appearance of a man touched me and I was strengthen.
Dan. 10:19 He said, Do not be afraid, man of high value. Peace to you. Be strong, be real strong!” When he spoke to me I was really strengthened and I said, “My lord, speak to me for you have strengthened me.”
Dan. 10:20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go, the prince of Greece will come;
Dan. 10:21 “but first I will tell you what is inscribed in what is written of truth. There is no one who stands with me against these princes except Michael your prince.
Dan. 11:1 And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to reenforce and to provide protection for him.
Dan. 11:2 “And now I will tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise for Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; And when he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse all his empire against the kingdom of Greece.
Dan. 11:3 Then a powerful king will arise, and he will rule with great authority and do as he pleases.
Dan. 11:4 “But as soon after he has arisen, his kingdom will be broken up and distributed toward the four winds of heaven—but not to his posterity and not with the authority with which he had ruled, for his kingdom will be uprooted and given to others besides them.
Dan. 11:5 “Then the king of the South will grow strong, along with one of his princes. And he will grow stronger against him and he will rule with greater authority than his authority.
Dan. 11:6 After some years, they will become allies. Then the daughter of the king of the South will come to the king of the North to make an equitable agreement, but she will not keep her position of power, nor will he maintain his position of power but she will be delivered over with those who brought her and her child and he who supported her in those times.
Dan. 11:7 But one from the branch of her roots, will arise in his place and he will come against their army and enter the fortress of the king of the North and he will move against them and prevail.
Dan. 11:8 He will also seize their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold and take them into captivity to Egypt and for some years he will stand down from attacking the king of the North.
Dan. 11:9 “Then he will enter the realm of the king of the South, but will withdraw to his own land.
Dan. 11:10 “His sons will stir themselves up for war and assemble a multitude of great forces that will keep advancing and overwhelm and pass through and again stir themselves up for battle to his fortress.
Dan. 11:11 “The king of the South will be enraged and go forth and fight with him, with the king of the North. He will raise a large army but that army will be given into his hand .
Dan.11:12 When the army is taken away, his heart will be lifted up and he will strike down thousands; but he will not continue to prevail.
Dan. 11:13 Again the king of the North will raise an army, greater than the first, and at the end of some years, he will advance with a great army and great equipment.
Dan. 11:14 “Now in those times many will stand against the king of the South; and violent ones of your people will rise up to fulfill the vision, but they will fail.
Dan. 11:15 “Then the king of the North will come, build up a siege works and capture a well-fortified city; and the forces of the South will not stand, even the elite troops, even they will have no strength to resist.
Dan. 11:16 “But he who comes against him will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to stand before him; he will stay in the Beautiful Land, with destruction in his hand.
Dan. 11:17 “He will set his face to come with the power of his whole kingdom, and alliance terms will be with him, which he will accomplish; he will also give him the daughter of women to ruin it. But she will not take a stand for him or be on his side.
Dan. 11:18 “Then he will turn his face to the coastlands and capture many. But a commander will put a stop to his insolence against him; moreover, he will turn his insolence back on him.
Dan. 11:19 “So he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and be found no more.
Dan. 11:20 There will arise one in his place, one who will send out an exactor of tribute to the splendor of his kingdom yet in a few days he will be shattered, though not in anger nor in battle.
Dan. 11:21 “In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue.
Dan. 11:22 Then overflowing armies will be swept away before him and they will be shattered and also the high official of the covenant.
Dan. 11:23 “After an alliance is made with him, he will act deceitfully, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people.
Dan. 11:24 In a time of quiet tranquility, he will enter into the most wealthy of regions and he will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his forefathers; he will redistribute plunder, loot and property to them, and he will devise his plans against strongholds, but only for a time.
Dan. 11:25 “He will stir up his strength and his courage against the king of the South with a large army; the king of the South will mobilize an extremely large and mighty army for war; but he will not be able to prevail because of the plans devised against him.
Dan. 11:26 “Those who eat his choice food will destroy him, and his army will sweep away many but many will fall slain.
Dan. 11:27 These two kings, their hearts inclined toward evil and they will speak lies to each other at the same table. But it will not succeed, for there is still an end to come at the appointed time.
Dan. 11:28 “Then he will return to his land with much property; but his heart will be against the holy covenant and he will take action, and then return to his own land.
Dan. 11:29 At an appointed time he will again invade the south, but it will not turn out as before, as the last time.
Dan. 11:30 “For ships of Kittim will come with him; therefore he will be disheartened and will return and become enraged at the holy covenant and take action. He will return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant.
Dan. 11:31 “Forces from him will arise, profane the fortified sanctuary abolish the regular sacrifices and they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.
Dan. 11:32 And those who are acting wickedly toward the covenant, he will corrupt with flattering words. But the people who know their God will be strong and take action.
Dan. 11:33 Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many yet they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for days.
Dan. 11:34 When they stumble in battle, they will receive little help, but many will join them with deceitfulness in mind.
Dan. 11:35 “Some of those who have insight will fall in order to refine, purge and make white until the time of the end for it is still to come at the appointed time
Dan. 11:36 Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak extraordinary things against the God of gods; and he will succeed until the indignation is finished for what is decreed will be done.
Dan. 11:37 He will show no respect for the God of his fathers and the one god desired of women and for any god; for he will magnify himself above all.
Dan. 11:38 But in its place, he honors a god of fortresses —a god which his fathers did not know; he will honor it with gold, silver, precious stones and treasures.
Dan. 11:39 He will attack the strongest of fortresses with a foreign god; to those who acknowledge him he will grant great honor and give them rulership over many people and parcel out land for a price.
Dan. 11:40 At the time of the end the king of the South will militarily thrust against him. Then the king of the North will storm against him, with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; And he will enter many countries and overwhelm them and pass through them.
Dan. 11:41 and He will enter the Beautiful land of Israel and many countries will fall. But these will escape from his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon.
Dan. 11:42 He will extend his hand against other lands; the land of Egypt will not escape.
Dan. 11:43 He will have control over the hidden stores of gold and silver, as well as all the treasures of Egypt. Libyans and Cushites will submit to him.
Dan. 11:44 But reports from the East and the North will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many.
Dan. 11:45 He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; But he will come to his end, with no one to help him.
Dan. 12:1 Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will be making a stand for Israel. And there will be a time of distress which has never occurred since there was a nation until that time. And at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.
Dan. 12:2 Multitudes of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake; some to everlasting life, but others to shame and everlasting abhorrence.
Dan. 12:3 Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of the heavens and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
Dan. 12:4 But as for you, Daniel, close up these words and seal up the book until the end of time; Many will go here and there and knowledge will increase.
Dan. 12:5 Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river.
Dan. 12:6 And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “When will these extraordinary events occur?”
Dan. 12:7 Then I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, and he raised his right hand and his left toward the heavens, and he swore by the one who lives forever that it would be in regard to a time, times and half a time and when the shattering of the power of the holy people is finished, all these events will be completed.
Dan. 12:8 I heard but could not understand; So I said,
“My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?”
Dan. 12:9 Then he said, “Go, Daniel, for these words are
closed up and sealed until the time of the end.”
Dan. 12:10 Many will be purged and purified and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked; and none of the wicked will understand but those who have insight will understand.
Dan. 12:11 From the time the regular sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there are 1290 days.
Dan. 12:12 Blessed is he who waits and arrives to 1335 days!
Dan. 12:13 But as for you, go your way to the end. You will rest and then rise for your allotted portion at the end of days.