|Daniel 10 |
1 In the third year of Cyrus, king of Persia, a thing was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was far in the future. 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 meat nor wine entered in my mouth; neither did I anoint myself at all, until three whole weeks were fulfilled.
4 And in the twenty fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, named Hiddekel [Tigris];
5 Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and beheld a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
6 His body also was like the beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes as lamps of fire, his arms and his feet were the color of polished brass, and the voice of his words was like the voice of a multitude.
7 And I Daniel saw the vision alone for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me for my peace was depleted in me, and I retained no strength.
9 Yet 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, a hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
11 And he said to me, "O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you and stand upright for to you I have now been sent." And when he had spoken these words to me, I stood trembling.
12 Then said he to me, "Fear not, Daniel for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come because of your prayer.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia [ a demon guarding Persia] withstood me twenty one 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 have come to make you understand what shall befall your people in the latter days for the vision is for many days [years] in the future."
15 And when he had spoken such words to me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
16 And, behold, one with the appearance of the sons of men touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth, and spoke, and said to him that stood before me, "O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.
17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? Because as for me, immediaely there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me."
18 Then the one with the appearance of a man came again and touched me, and he strengthened me.
19 And he said, "O greatly beloved man, do not fear. Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong." And when he had spoken to me, I was strengthened, and said, "Let my lord speak for you have strengthened me."
20 Then said he, "Do you know why I come to you? And now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have left, the prince of Greece shall come.
21 But I will show you what is noted in the scripture of truth; and there is none who surpasses me in these things except Michael your prince."
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