Daniel's Dream of the Four Beasts
7 1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel hath seen a dream, and the visions of his head on his bed, then the dream he hath written, the chief of the things he hath said. 2 Answered hath Daniel and said, 'I was seeing in my vision by night, and lo, the four winds of the heavens are coming forth to the great sea; 3 and four great beasts are coming up from the sea, diverse one from another. 4 The first 'is' like a lion, and it hath an eagle's wings. I was seeing till that its wings have been plucked, and it hath been lifted up from the earth, and on feet as a man it hath been caused to stand, and a heart of man is given to it. 5 And lo, another beast, a second, like to a bear, and to the same authority it hath been raised, and three ribs 'are' in its mouth, between its teeth, and thus they are saying to it, Rise, consume much flesh. 6 'After this I was seeing, and lo, another like a leopard, and it hath four wings of a fowl on its back, and four heads hath the beast, and dominion is given to it. 7 'After this I was seeing in the visions of the night, and lo, a fourth beast, terrible and fearful, and exceedingly strong; and it hath iron teeth very great, it hath consumed, yea, it doth break small, and the remnant with its feet it hath trampled; and it 'is' diverse from all the beasts that 'are' before it; and it hath ten horns. 8 'I was considering about the horns, and lo, another horn, a little one, hath come up between them, and three of the first horns have been eradicated from before it, and lo, eyes as the eyes of man 'are' in this horn, and a mouth speaking great things.
9 'I was seeing till that thrones have been thrown down, and the Ancient of Days is seated, His garment as snow 'is' white, and the hair of his head 'is' as pure wool, His throne flames of fire, its wheels burning fire. 10 A flood of fire is proceeding and coming forth from before Him, a thousand thousands do serve Him, and a myriad of myriads before Him do rise up, the Judge is seated, and the books have been opened. 11 'I was seeing, then, because of the voice of the great words that the horn is speaking, I was seeing till that the beast is slain, and his body hath been destroyed, and given to the burning fire; 12 and the rest of the beasts have caused their dominion to pass away, and a prolongation in life is given to them, till a season and a time. 13 'I was seeing in the visions of the night, and lo, with the clouds of the heavens as a son of man was 'one' coming, and unto the Ancient of Days he hath come, and before Him they have brought him near. 14 And to him is given dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, and all peoples, nations, and languages do serve him, his dominion 'is' a dominion age-during, that passeth not away, and his kingdom that which is not destroyed.
15 'Pierced hath been my spirit—I, Daniel—in the midst of the sheath, and the visions of my head trouble me; 16 I have drawn near unto one of those standing, and the certainty I seek from him of all this; and he hath said to me, yea, the interpretation of the things he hath caused me to know: 17 'These great beasts, that 'are' four, 'are' four kings, they rise up from the earth; 18 and receive the kingdom do the saints of the Most High, and they strengthen the kingdom unto the age, even unto the age of the ages. 19 'Then I wished for certainty concerning the fourth beast, that was diverse from them all, fearful exceedingly; its teeth of iron, and its nails of brass, it hath devoured, it doth break small, and the remnant with its feet it hath trampled; 20 and concerning the ten horns that 'are' in its heads, and of the other that came up, and before which three have fallen, even of that horn that hath eyes, and a mouth speaking great things, and whose appearance 'is' great above its companions. 21 'I was seeing, and this horn is making war with the saints, and hath prevailed over them, 22 till that the Ancient of Days hath come, and judgment is given to the saints of the Most High, and the time hath come, and the saints have strengthened the kingdom. 23 'Thus he said: The fourth beast is the fourth kingdom in the earth, that is diverse from all kingdoms, and it consumeth all the earth, and treadeth it down, and breaketh it small. 24 And the ten horns out of the kingdom 'are' ten kings, they rise, and another doth rise after them, and it is diverse from the former, and three kings it humbleth; 25 and words as an adversary of the Most High it doth speak, and the saints of the Most High it doth wear out, and it hopeth to change seasons and law; and they are given into its hand, till a time, and times, and a division of a time. 26 'And the Judge is seated, and its dominion they cause to pass away, to cut off, and to destroy—unto the end; 27 and the kingdom, and the dominion, even the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heavens, is given to the people—the saints of the Most High, His kingdom 'is' a kingdom age-during, and all dominions do serve and obey Him. 28 'Hitherto 'is' the end of the matter. I, Daniel, greatly do my thoughts trouble me, and my countenance is changed on me, and the matter in my heart I have kept.
Daniel's Vision of the Ram and the Goat
8 1 'In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar the king, a vision hath appeared unto me—I Daniel—after that which had appeared unto me at the beginning. 2 And I see in a vision, and it cometh to pass, in my seeing, and I 'am' in Shushan the palace that 'is' in Elam the province, and I see in a vision, and I have been by the stream Ulai. 3 And I lift up mine eyes, and look, and lo, a certain ram is standing before the stream, and it hath two horns, and the two horns 'are' high; and the one 'is' higher than the other, and the high one is coming up last. 4 I have seen the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward, and no living creatures do stand before it, and there is none delivering out of its hand, and it hath done according to its pleasure, and hath exerted itself. 5 'And I have been considering, and lo, a young he-goat hath come from the west, over the face of the whole earth, whom none is touching in the earth; as to the young he-goat, a conspicuous horn 'is' between its eyes. 6 And it cometh unto the ram possessing the two horns, that I had seen standing before the stream, and runneth unto it in the fury of its power. 7 And I have seen it coming near the ram, and it becometh embittered at it, and smiteth the ram, and breaketh its two horns, and there hath been no power in the ram to stand before it, and it casteth it to the earth, and trampleth it down, and there hath been no deliverer to the ram out of its power. 8 'And the young he-goat hath exerted itself very much, and when it is strong, broken hath been the great horn; and come up doth a vision of four in its place, at the four winds of the heavens. 9 And from the one of them come forth hath a little horn, and it exerteth itself greatly toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the beauteous 'land'; 10 yea, it exerteth unto the host of the heavens, and causeth to fall to the earth of the host, and of the stars, and trampleth them down. 11 And unto the prince of the host it exerteth itself, and by it taken away hath been the continual 'sacrifice', and thrown down the base of his sanctuary. 12 And the host is given up, with the continual 'sacrifice', through transgression, and it throweth down truth to the earth, and it hath worked, and prospered. 13 'And I hear a certain holy one speaking, and a certain holy one saith to the wonderful numberer who is speaking: Till when 'is' the vision of the continual 'sacrifice', and of the transgression, an astonishment, to make both sanctuary and host a treading down? 14 And he saith unto me, Till evening—morning two thousand and three hundred, then is the holy place declared right.
15 'And it cometh to pass in my seeing—I, Daniel—the vision, that I require understanding, and lo, standing over-against me 'is' as the appearance of a mighty one. 16 And I hear a voice of man between 'the banks of' Ulai, and he calleth and saith: Gabriel, cause this 'one' to understand the appearance. 17 And he cometh in near my station, and at his coming in I have been afraid, and I fall on my face, and he saith unto me: Understand, son of man, for at the time of the end 'is' the vision. 18 And in his speaking with me, I have been in a trance on my face, on the earth; and he cometh against me, and causeth me to stand on my station, 19 and saith: Lo, I—I am causing thee to know that which is in the latter end of the indignation; for, at the appointed time 'is' the end. 20 'The ram that thou hast seen possessing two horns, 'are' the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the young he-goat, the hairy one, 'is' the king of Javan; and the great horn that 'is' between its eyes is the first king; 22 and that being broken, stand up do four in its place, four kingdoms from the nation do stand up, and not in its power. 23 'And in the latter end of their kingdom, about the perfecting of the transgressors, stand up doth a king, fierce of face, and understanding hidden things; 24 and his power hath been mighty, and not by his own power; and wonderful things he destroyeth, and he hath prospered, and wrought, and destroyed mighty ones, and the people of the Holy Ones. 25 'And by his understanding he hath also caused deceit to prosper in his hand, and in his heart he exerteth himself, and by ease he destroyeth many; and against the prince of princes he standeth—and without hand he is broken. 26 And the appearance of the evening and of the morning, that is told, is true; and thou, hide thou the vision, for 'it is' after many days.' 27 And I, Daniel, have been, yea, I became sick 'for' days, and I rise, and do the king's work, and am astonished at the appearance, and there is none understanding.
Daniel's Prayer for His People
9 1 In the first year of Darius, son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who hath been made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans, 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, have understood by books the number of the years, (in that a word of Jehovah hath been unto Jeremiah the prophet,) concerning the fulfilling of the wastes of Jerusalem—seventy years; 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 pray to Jehovah my God, and confess, and say: 'I beseech Thee, O Lord God, the great and the fearful, keeping the covenant and the kindness to those loving Him, and to those keeping His commands; 5 we have sinned, and done perversely, and done wickedly, and rebelled, to turn aside from Thy commands, and from Thy judgments: 6 and we have not hearkened unto Thy servants, the prophets, who have spoken in Thy name unto our kings, our heads, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 'To Thee, O Lord, 'is' the righteousness, and to us the shame of face, as 'at' this day, to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, who are near, and who are far off, in all the lands whither Thou hast driven them, in their trespass that they have trespassed against Thee. 8 'O Lord, to us 'is' the shame of face, to our kings, to our heads, and to our fathers, in that we have sinned against Thee. 9 'To the Lord our God 'are' the mercies and the forgivenesses, for we have rebelled against Him, 10 and have not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah our God, to walk in His laws, that He hath set before us by the hand of His servants the prophets; 11 and all Israel have transgressed Thy law, to turn aside so as not to hearken to Thy voice; and poured on us is the execration, and the oath, that is written in the law of Moses, servant of God, because we have sinned against Him. 12 'And He confirmeth His words that He hath spoken against us, and against our judges who have judged us, to bring in upon us great evil, in that it hath not been done under the whole heavens as it hath been done in Jerusalem, 13 as it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil hath come upon us, and we have not appeased the face of Jehovah our God to turn back from our iniquities, and to act wisely in Thy truth. 14 And Jehovah doth watch for the evil, and bringeth it upon us, for righteous 'is' Jehovah our God concerning all His works that He hath done, and we have not hearkened to His voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, who hast brought forth Thy people from the land of Egypt by a strong hand, and dost make for Thee a name as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly. 16 'O Lord, according to all Thy righteous acts, let turn back, I pray Thee, Thine anger and Thy fury from Thy city Jerusalem, Thy holy mount, for by our sins, and by the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Thy people 'are' for a reproach to all our neighbours; 17 and now, hearken, O our God, unto the prayer of Thy servant, and unto his supplication, and cause Thy face to shine on Thy sanctuary that 'is' desolate, for the Lord's sake. 18 'Incline, O my God, Thine ear, and hear, open Thine eyes and see our desolations, and the city on which Thy name is called; for not for our righteous acts are we causing our supplications to fall before Thee, but for Thy mercies that 'are' many. 19 O lord, hear, O Lord, forgive; O Lord, attend and do; do not delay, for Thine own sake, O my God, for Thy name is called on Thy city, and on Thy people.'
The Prophecy concerning the Seventy Weeks
20 And while I am speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin, and the sin of my people Israel, and causing my supplication to fall before Jehovah my God, for the holy mount of my God, 21 yea, while I am speaking in prayer, then that one Gabriel, whom I had seen in vision at the commencement, being caused to fly swiftly, is coming unto me at the time of the evening present. 22 And he giveth understanding, and speaketh with me, and saith, 'O Daniel, now I have come forth to cause thee to consider understanding wisely; 23 at the commencement of thy supplications hath the word come forth, and I have come to declare 'it', for thou 'art' greatly desired, and understand thou concerning the matter, and consider concerning the appearance. 24 'Seventy weeks are determined for thy people, and for thy holy city, to shut up the transgression, and to seal up sins, and to cover iniquity, and to bring in righteousness age-during, and to seal up vision and prophet, and to anoint the holy of holies. 25 And thou dost know, and dost consider wisely, from the going forth of the word to restore and to build Jerusalem till Messiah the Leader 'is' seven weeks, and sixty and two weeks: the broad place hath been built again, and the rampart, even in the distress of the times. 26 And after the sixty and two weeks, cut off is Messiah, and the city and the holy place are not his, the Leader who hath come doth destroy the people; and its end 'is' with a flood, and till the end 'is' war, determined 'are' desolations. 27 And he hath strengthened a covenant with many—one week, and 'in' the midst of the week he causeth sacrifice and present to cease, and by the wing of abominations he is making desolate, even till the consummation, and that which is determined is poured on the desolate one.'