New Revised Standard Version
The Babylonian exile
1 In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah, King
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 The Lord let
King Jehoiakim of Judah fall into his power, as well as some of the vessels of
the house of God. These he brought to the land of Shinar, and placed the
vessels in the treasury of his gods.
Courtiers in exile
3 Then the king commanded his palace master Ashpenaz to bring some of the
Israelites of the royal family and of the nobility, 4 young men without
physical defect and handsome, versed in every branch of wisdom, endowed with
knowledge and insight, and competent to serve in the king's palace; they were
to be taught the literature and language of the Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned
them a daily portion of the royal rations of food and wine. They were to be
educated for three years, so that at the end of that time they could be
stationed in the king's court. 6 Among them were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael,
and Azariah, from the tribe of Judah. 7 The palace master gave them other
names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he
called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
The first resistance
8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations
of food and wine; so he asked the palace master to allow him not to defile
himself. 9 Now God allowed Daniel to receive favor and compassion from the
palace master. 10 The palace master said to Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord
the king; he has appointed your food and your drink. If he should see you in
poorer condition than the other young men of your own age, you would endanger
my head with the king." 11 Then Daniel asked the guard whom the palace master
had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 12 "Please test
your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to
drink. 13 You can then compare our appearance with the appearance of the young
men who eat the royal rations, and deal with your servants according to what
you observe." 14 So he agreed to this proposal and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter
than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations. 16 So the guard
continued to withdraw their royal rations and the wine they were to drink, and
gave them vegetables. 17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and skill
in every aspect of literature and wisdom; Daniel also had insight into all
visions and dreams.
18 At the end of the time that the king had set for them to be brought in, the
palace master brought them into the presence of Nebuchadnezzar, 19 and the
king spoke with them. And among them all, no one was found to compare with
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they were stationed in the
king's court. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding concerning which
the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the
magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. 21 And Daniel continued there
until the first year of King Cyrus.
1 In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed such
dreams that his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him. 2 So the king
commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans
be summoned to tell the king his dreams. When they came in and stood before
the king, 3 he said to them, "I have had such a dream that my spirit is
troubled by the desire to understand it." 4 The Chaldeans said to the king (in
Aramaic), "O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will
reveal the interpretation." 5 The king answered the Chaldeans, "This is a
public decree: if you do not tell me both the dream and its interpretation,
you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. 6
But if you do tell me the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from
me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its
interpretation." 7 They answered a second time, "Let the king first tell his
servants the dream, then we can give its interpretation." 8 The king answered,
"I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see I
have firmly decreed: 9 if you do not tell me the dream, there is but one
verdict for you. You have agreed to speak lying and misleading words to me
until things take a turn. Therefore, tell me the dream, and I shall know that
you can give me its interpretation." 10 The Chaldeans answered the king,
"There is no one on earth who can reveal what the king demands! In fact no
king, however great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician
or enchanter or Chaldean. 11 The thing that the king is asking is too
difficult, and no one can reveal it to the king except the gods, whose
dwelling is not with mortals."
Daniel seek divine aid
12 Because of this the king flew into a violent rage and commanded that all
the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. 13 The decree was issued, and the wise
men were about to be executed; and they looked for Daniel and his companions,
to execute them. 14 Then Daniel responded with prudence and discretion to
Arioch, the king's chief executioner, who had gone out to execute the wise men
of Babylon; 15 he asked Arioch, the royal official, "Why is the decree of the
king so urgent?" Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16 So Daniel went
in and requested that the king give him time and he would tell the king the
17 Then Daniel went to his home and informed his companions, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah, 18 and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven
concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions with the rest of
the wise men of Babylon might not perish. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to
Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel said:
"Blessed be the name of God from age to age,
for wisdom and power are his.
21 He changes times and seasons,
deposes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and light dwells with him.
23 To you, O God of my ancestors,
I give thanks and praise,
for you have given me wisdom and power,
and have now revealed to me what we asked of you,
for you have revealed to us what the king ordered."
Daniel approaches the king
24 Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the
wise men of Babylon, and said to him, "Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon;
bring me in before the king, and I will give the king the interpretation."
25 Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king and said to him: "I have
found among the exiles from Judah a man who can tell the king the
interpretation." 26 The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, "Are
you able to tell me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?" 27
Daniel answered the king, "No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or diviners can
show to the king the mystery that the king is asking, 28 but there is a God in
heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has disclosed to King Nebuchadnezzar what
will happen at the end of days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you
lay in bed were these: 29 To you, O king, as you lay in bed, came thoughts of
what would be hereafter, and the revealer of mysteries disclosed to you what
is to be. 30 But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me because
of any wisdom that I have more than any other living being, but in order that
the interpretation may be known to the king and that you may understand the
thoughts of your mind.
31 "You were looking, O king, and lo! there was a great statue. This statue
was huge, its brilliance extraordinary; it was standing before you, and its
appearance was frightening. 32 The head of that statue was of fine gold, its
chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of
iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 As you looked on, a stone
was cut out, not by human hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron
and clay and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the
silver, and the gold, were all broken in pieces and became like the chaff of
the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a
trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a
great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Daniel's first interpretation
36 "This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37 You,
O king, the king of kings – to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom,
the power, the might, and the glory, 38 into whose hand he has given human
beings, wherever they live, the wild animals of the field, and the birds of
the air, and whom he has established as ruler over them all – you are the head
of gold. 39 After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours, and yet a
third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over the whole earth. 40 And there
shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron; just as iron crushes and smashes
everything, it shall crush and shatter all these. 41 As you saw the feet and
toes partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided
kingdom; but some of the strength of iron shall be in it, as you saw the iron
mixed with the clay. 42 As the toes of the feet were part iron and part clay,
so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 As you saw the
iron mixed with clay, so will they mix with one another in marriage, but they
will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the
days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never
be destroyed, nor shall this kingdom be left to another people. It shall crush
all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever; 45
just as you saw that a stone was cut from the mountain not by hands, and that
it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. The great
God has informed the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and
its interpretation trustworthy."
46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, worshiped Daniel, and commanded
that a grain offering and incense be offered to him. 47 The king said to
Daniel, "Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings and a revealer of
mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery!" 48 Then the king
promoted Daniel, gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole
province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. 49
Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at
the king's court.
The golden statue
1 King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue whose height was sixty cubits and
whose width was six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province
of Babylon. 2 Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent for the satraps, the prefects, and
the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates,
and all the officials of the provinces, to assemble and come to the dedication
of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3 So the satraps, the
prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the
magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, assembled for the
dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. When they were
standing before the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had set up, 4 the herald
proclaimed aloud, "You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5
that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and
entire musical ensemble, you are to fall down and worship the golden statue
that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship
shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire." 7 Therefore, as
soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp,
drum, and entire musical ensemble, all the peoples, nations, and languages
fell down and worshiped the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
The youths accused
8 Accordingly, at this time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the
Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever! 10 You, O
king, have made a decree, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, pipe,
lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, shall fall down and
worship the golden statue, 11 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall
be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are certain Jews whom you
have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego. These pay no heed to you, O king. They do not serve your gods
and they do not worship the golden statue that you have set up."
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. 14
Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I
have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn,
pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and
worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship,
you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the
god that will deliver you out of my hands?"
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we
have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. 17 If our God whom we
serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your
hand, O king, let him deliver us. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king,
that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue
that you have set up."
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego that his face was distorted. He ordered the furnace heated up seven
times more than was customary, 20 and ordered some of the strongest guards in
his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the
furnace of blazing fire. 21 So the men were bound, still wearing their tunics,
their trousers, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown
into the furnace of blazing fire. 22 Because the king's command was urgent and
the furnace was so overheated, the raging flames killed the men who lifted
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 But the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his
counselors, "Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?" They
answered the king, "True, O king." 25 He replied, "But I see four men unbound,
walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the fourth has
the appearance of a god." 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the
furnace of blazing fire and said, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants
of the Most High God, come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
came out from the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and
the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any
power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed,
their tunics were not harmed, and not even the smell of fire came from them.
28 Nebuchadnezzar said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in
him. They disobeyed the king's command and yielded up their bodies rather than
serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree:
Any people, nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses
laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way."
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of
1 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages that live
throughout the earth: May you have abundant prosperity! 2 The signs and
wonders that the Most High God has worked for me I am pleased to recount.
3 How great are his signs,
how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and his sovereignty is from generation to generation.
The king's vision
4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was living at ease in my home and prospering in my
palace. 5 I saw a dream that frightened me; my fantasies in bed and the
visions of my head terrified me. 6 So I made a decree that all the wise men of
Babylon should be brought before me, in order that they might tell me the
interpretation of the dream. 7 Then the magicians, the enchanters, the
Chaldeans, and the diviners came in, and I told them the dream, but they could
not tell me its interpretation. 8 At last Daniel came in before me – he who
was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and who is endowed with a
spirit of the holy gods – and I told him the dream: 9 "O Belteshazzar, chief
of the magicians, I know that you are endowed with a spirit of the holy gods
and that no mystery is too difficult for you. Hear the dream that I saw; tell
me its interpretation.
10 Upon my bed this is what I saw;
there was a tree at the center of the earth,
and its height was great.
11 The tree grew great and strong,
its top reached to heaven,
and it was visible to the ends of the whole earth.
12 Its foliage was beautiful,
its fruit abundant,
and it provided food for all.
The animals of the field found shade under it,
the birds of the air nested in its branches,
and from it all living beings were fed.
13 "I continued looking, in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and there
was a holy watcher, coming down from heaven. 14 He cried aloud and said:
'Cut down the tree and chop off its branches,
strip off its foliage and scatter its fruit.
Let the animals flee from beneath it
and the birds from its branches.
15 But leave its stump and roots in the ground,
with a band of iron and bronze,
in the tender grass of the field.
Let him be bathed with the dew of heaven,
and let his lot be with the animals of the field
in the grass of the earth.
16 Let his mind be changed from that of a human,
and let the mind of an animal be given to him.
And let seven times pass over him.
17 The sentence is rendered by decree of the watchers,
the decision is given by order of the holy ones,
in order that all who live may know
that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdom of mortals;
he gives it to whom he will
and sets over it the lowliest of human beings.'
18 "This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. Now you, Belteshazzar,
declare the interpretation, since all the wise men of my kingdom are unable to
tell me the interpretation. You are able, however, for you are endowed with a
spirit of the holy gods."
Daniel's second interpretation
19 Then Daniel, who was called Belteshazzar, was severely distressed for a
while. His thoughts terrified him. The king said, "Belteshazzar, do not let
the dream or the interpretation terrify you." Belteshazzar answered, "My lord,
may the dream be for those who hate you, and its interpretation for your
enemies! 20 The tree that you saw, which grew great and strong, so that its
top reached to heaven and was visible to the end of the whole earth, 21 whose
foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and which provided food for all,
under which animals of the field lived, and in whose branches the birds of the
air had nests – 22 it is you, O king! You have grown great and strong. Your
greatness has increased and reaches to heaven, and your sovereignty to the
ends of the earth. 23 And whereas the king saw a holy watcher coming down from
heaven and saying, 'Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave its stump and
roots in the ground, with a band of iron and bronze, in the grass of the
field; and let him be bathed with the dew of heaven, and let his lot be with
the animals of the field, until seven times pass over him' – 24 this is the
interpretation, O king, and it is a decree of the Most High that has come upon
my lord the king: 25 You shall be driven away from human society, and your
dwelling shall be with the wild animals. You shall be made to eat grass like
oxen, you shall be bathed with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass
over you, until you have learned that the Most High has sovereignty over the
kingdom of mortals, and gives it to whom he will. 26 As it was commanded to
leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be re-established
for you from the time that you learn that Heaven is sovereign. 27 Therefore, O
king, may my counsel be acceptable to you: atone for your sins with
righteousness, and your iniquities with mercy to the oppressed, so that your
prosperity may be prolonged."
28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he
was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king said,
"Is this not magnificent Babylon, which I have built as a royal capital by my
mighty power and for my glorious majesty?" 31 While the words were still in
the king's mouth, a voice came from heaven: "O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it
is declared: The kingdom has departed from you! 32 You shall be driven away
from human society, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field.
You shall be made to eat grass like oxen, and seven times shall pass over you,
until you have learned that the Most High has sovereignty over the kingdom of
mortals and gives it to whom he will." 33 Immediately the sentence was
fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven away from human society, ate
grass like oxen, and his body was bathed with the dew of heaven, until his
hair grew as long as eagles' feathers and his nails became like birds' claws.
34 When that period was over, I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and
my reason returned to me.
I blessed the Most High,
and praised and honored the one who lives forever.
For his sovereignty is an everlasting sovereignty,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does what he wills with the host of heaven
and the inhabitants of the earth.
There is no one who can stay his hand
or say to him, "What are you doing?"
36 At that time my reason returned to me; and my majesty and splendor were
restored to me for the glory of my kingdom. My counselors and my lords sought
me out, I was re-established over my kingdom, and still more greatness was
added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of
for all his works are truth,
and his ways are justice;
and he is able to bring low
those who walk in pride.
The handwriting on the wall
1 King Belshazzar made a great festival for a thousand of his lords, and he
was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand.
2 Under the influence of the wine, Belshazzar commanded that they bring in the
vessels of gold and silver that his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the
temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his lords, his wives, and his
concubines might drink from them. 3 So they brought in the vessels of gold and
silver that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem,
and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. 4
They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron,
wood, and stone.
5 Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the
plaster of the wall of the royal palace, next to the lampstand. The king was
watching the hand as it wrote. 6 Then the king's face turned pale, and his
thoughts terrified him. His limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. 7
The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the
diviners; and the king said to the wise men of Babylon, "Whoever can read this
writing and tell me its interpretation shall be clothed in purple, have a
chain of gold around his neck, and rank third in the kingdom." 8 Then all the
king's wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king
the interpretation. 9 Then King Belshazzar became greatly terrified and his
face turned pale, and his lords were perplexed.
The queen's intervention
10 The queen, when she heard the discussion of the king and his lords, came
into the banqueting hall. The queen said, "O king, live forever! Do not let
your thoughts terrify you or your face grow pale. 11 There is a man in your
kingdom who is endowed with a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your
father he was found to have enlightenment, understanding, and wisdom like the
wisdom of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, made him chief of the
magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and diviners, 12 because an excellent
spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and
solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar.
Now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation."
Deciphering the handwriting
13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king said to Daniel, "So
you are Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom my father the king brought
from Judah? 14 I have heard of you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and
that enlightenment, understanding, and excellent wisdom are found in you. 15
Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this
writing and tell me its interpretation, but they were not able to give the
interpretation of the matter. 16 But I have heard that you can give
interpretations and solve problems. Now if you are able to read the writing
and tell me its interpretation, you shall be clothed in purple, have a chain
of gold around your neck, and rank third in the kingdom."
17 Then Daniel answered in the presence of the king, "Let your gifts be for
yourself, or give your rewards to someone else! Nevertheless I will read the
writing to the king and let him know the interpretation. 18 O king, the Most
High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar kingship, greatness, glory, and
majesty. 19 And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples,
nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. He killed those he
wanted to kill, kept alive those he wanted to keep alive, honored those he
wanted to honor, and degraded those he wanted to degrade. 20 But when his
heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he acted proudly, he
was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was stripped from him. 21 He
was driven from human society, and his mind was made like that of an animal.
His dwelling was with the wild asses, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body
was bathed with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God has
sovereignty over the kingdom of mortals, and sets over it whomever he will. 22
And you, Belshazzar his son, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew
all this! 23 You have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven! The vessels
of his temple have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your
wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them. You have praised
the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not
see or hear or know; but the God in whose power is your very breath, and to
whom belong all your ways, you have not honored.
24 "So from his presence the hand was sent and this writing was inscribed. 25
And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. 26
This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of
your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 TEKEL, you have been weighed on the
scales and found wanting; 28 PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the
Medes and Persians."
29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed in purple, a chain
of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made concerning him
that he should rank third in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar, the Chaldean king, was killed. 31 And Darius
the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
Persian plot against Daniel
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred twenty satraps,
stationed throughout the whole kingdom, 2 and over them three presidents,
including Daniel; to these the satraps gave account, so that the king might
suffer no loss. 3 Soon Daniel distinguished himself above all the other
presidents and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king
planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom. 4 So the presidents and the
satraps tried to find grounds for complaint against Daniel in connection with
the kingdom. But they could find no grounds for complaint or any corruption,
because he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption could be found in
him. 5 The men said, "We shall not find any ground for complaint against this
Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God."
6 So the presidents and satraps conspired and came to the king and said to
him, "O King Darius, live forever! 7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the
prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the
king should establish an ordinance and enforce an interdict, that whoever
prays to anyone, divine or human, for thirty days, except to you, O king,
shall be thrown into a den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the interdict
and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of
the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked." 9 Therefore King Darius
signed the document and interdict.
10 Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go
to his house, which had windows in its upper room open toward Jerusalem, and
to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him,
just as he had done previously. 11 The conspirators came and found Daniel
praying and seeking mercy before his God. 12 Then they approached the king and
said concerning the interdict, "O king! Did you not sign an interdict, that
anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human, within thirty days except to you,
O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions?" The king answered, "The thing
stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be
revoked." 13 Then they responded to the king, "Daniel, one of the exiles from
Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the interdict you have signed,
but he is saying his prayers three times a day."
14 When the king heard the charge, he was very much distressed. He was
determined to save Daniel, and until the sun went down he made every effort to
rescue him. 15 Then the conspirators came to the king and said to him, "Know,
O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no interdict or
ordinance that the king establishes can be changed."
16 Then the king gave the command, and Daniel was brought and thrown into the
den of lions. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you faithfully
serve, deliver you!" 17 A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den,
and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords,
so that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18 Then the king went to
his palace and spent the night fasting; no food was brought to him, and sleep
fled from him.
In the lion's den; restitution
19 Then, at break of day, the king got up and hurried to the den of lions. 20
When he came near the den where Daniel was, he cried out anxiously to Daniel,
"O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you faithfully serve
been able to deliver you from the lions?" 21 Daniel then said to the king, "O
king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths so
that they would not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him; and
also before you, O king, I have done no wrong." 23 Then the king was
exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So
Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him,
because he had trusted in his God. 24 The king gave a command, and those who
had accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the den of lions – they, their
children, and their wives. Before they reached the bottom of the den the lions
overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all peoples and nations of every language
throughout the whole world: "May you have abundant prosperity! 26 I make a
decree, that in all my royal dominion people should tremble and fear before
the God of Daniel:
For he is the living God,
His kingdom shall never be destroyed,
and his dominion has no end.
27 He delivers and rescues,
he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth;
for he has saved Daniel
from the power of the lions."
28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus
The first vision
1 In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and
visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream: 2 I,
Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the
great sea, 3 and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one
another. 4 The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then, as I
watched, its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and
made to stand on two feet like a human being; and a human mind was given to
it. 5 Another beast appeared, a second one, that looked like a bear. It was
raised up on one side, had three tusks in its mouth among its teeth and was
told, "Arise, devour many bodies!" 6 After this, as I watched, another
appeared, like a leopard. The beast had four wings of a bird on its back and
four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the visions by
night a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had
great iron teeth and was devouring, breaking in pieces, and stamping what was
left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that preceded it, and
it had ten horns. 8 I was considering the horns, when another horn appeared, a
little one coming up among them; to make room for it, three of the earlier
horns were plucked up by the roots. There were eyes like human eyes in this
horn, and a mouth speaking arrogantly.
The heavenly throne room
9 As I watched,
thrones were set in place,
and an Ancient One took his throne,
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames,
and its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and flowed out from his presence.
A thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.
The court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.
11 I watched then because of the noise of the arrogant words that the horn was
speaking. And as I watched, the beast was put to death, and its body destroyed
and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their
dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a
time. 13 As I watched in the night visions,
I saw one like a human being
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
and was presented before him.
14 To him was given dominion
and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
that shall never be destroyed.
15 As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my
head terrified me. 16 I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth
concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the
interpretation of the matter: 17 "As for these four great beasts, four kings
shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the holy ones of the Most High shall
receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever – forever and ever."
19 Then I desired to know the truth concerning the fourth beast, which was
different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron
and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped what
was left with its feet; 20 and concerning the ten horns that were on its head,
and concerning the other horn, which came up and to make room for which three
of them fell out – the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke arrogantly,
and that seemed greater than the others. 21 As I looked, this horn made war
with the holy ones and was prevailing over them, 22 until the Ancient One
came; then judgment was given for the holy ones of the Most High, and the time
arrived when the holy ones gained possession of the kingdom.
23 This is what he said: "As for the fourth beast,
there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth
that shall be different from all the other kingdoms;
it shall devour the whole earth,
and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
24 As for the ten horns,
out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise,
and another shall arise after them.
This one shall be different from the former ones,
and shall put down three kings.
25 He shall speak words against the Most High,
shall wear out the holy ones of the Most High,
and shall attempt to change the sacred seasons and the law;
and they shall be given into his power
for a time, two times, and half a time.
26 Then the court shall sit in judgment,
and his dominion shall be taken away,
to be consumed and totally destroyed.
27 The kingship and dominion
and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High;
their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey them."
28 Here the account ends. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly terrified me,
and my face turned pale; but I kept the matter in my mind.
The second vision
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 at first. 2 In the vision I was
looking and saw myself in Susa the capital, in the province of Elam, and I was
by the river Ulai. 3 I looked up and saw a ram standing beside the river. It
had two horns. Both horns were long, but one was longer than the other, and
the longer one came up second. 4 I saw the ram charging westward and northward
and southward. All beasts were powerless to withstand it, and no one could
rescue from its power; it did as it pleased and became strong.
5 As I was watching, a male goat appeared from the west, coming across the
face of the whole earth without touching the ground. The goat had a horn
between its eyes. 6 It came toward the ram with the two horns that I had seen
standing beside the river, and it ran at it with savage force. 7 I saw it
approaching the ram. It was enraged against it and struck the ram, breaking
its two horns. The ram did not have power to withstand it; it threw the ram
down to the ground and trampled upon it, and there was no one who could rescue
the ram from its power. 8 Then the male goat grew exceedingly great; but at
the height of its power, the great horn was broken, and in its place there
came up four prominent horns toward the four winds of heaven.
9 Out of one of them came another horn, a little one, which grew exceedingly
great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the beautiful land. 10 It
grew as high as the host of heaven. It threw down to the earth some of the
host and some of the stars, and trampled on them. 11 Even against the prince
of the host it acted arrogantly; it took the regular burnt offering away from
him and overthrew the place of his sanctuary. 12 Because of wickedness, the
host was given over to it together with the regular burnt offering; it cast
truth to the ground, and kept prospering in what it did. 13 Then I heard a
holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one that spoke, "For how
long is this vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression
that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be
trampled?" 14 And he answered him, "For two thousand three hundred evenings
and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state."
15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I tried to understand it. Then someone
appeared standing before me, having the appearance of a man, 16 and I heard a
human voice by the Ulai, calling, "Gabriel, help this man understand the
vision." 17 So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I became
frightened and fell prostrate. But he said to me, "Understand, O mortal, that
the vision is for the time of the end."
18 As he was speaking to me, I fell into a trance, face to the ground; then he
touched me and set me on my feet. 19 He said, "Listen, and I will tell you
what will take place later in the period of wrath; for it refers to the
appointed time of the end. 20 As for the ram that you saw with the two horns,
these are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The male goat is the king of
Greece, and the great horn between its eyes is the first king. 22 As for the
horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall
arise from his nation, but not with his power.
23 At the end of their rule,
when the transgressions have reached their full measure,
a king of bold countenance shall arise,
skilled in intrigue.
24 He shall grow strong in power,
shall cause fearful destruction,
and shall succeed in what he does.
He shall destroy the powerful
and the people of the holy ones.
25 By his cunning
he shall make deceit prosper under his hand,
and in his own mind he shall be great.
Without warning he shall destroy many
and shall even rise up against the Prince of princes.
But he shall be broken, and not by human hands.
26 The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true. As
for you, seal up the vision, for it refers to many days from now."
27 So I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days; then I arose and
went about the king's business. But I was dismayed by the vision and did not
1 In the first year of Darius son of Ahasuerus, by birth a Mede, who became
king over the realm of the Chaldeans – 2 in the first year of his reign, I,
Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word
of the LORD to the prophet Jeremiah, must be fulfilled for the devastation of
Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
3 Then I turned to the Lord God, to seek an answer by prayer and supplication
with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the LORD my God and made
"Ah, Lord, great and awesome God, keeping covenant and steadfast love with
those who love you and keep your commandments, 5 we have sinned and done
wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and
ordinances. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in
your name to our kings, our princes, and our ancestors, and to all the people
of the land.
7 "Righteousness is on your side, O Lord, but open shame, as at this day,
falls on us, the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all
Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to
which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed
against you. 8 Open shame, O LORD, falls on us, our kings, our officials, and
our ancestors, because we have sinned against you. 9 To the Lord our God
belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him, 10 and have
not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by following his laws, which he set
before us by his servants the prophets.
11 "All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey
your voice. So the curse and the oath written in the law of Moses, the servant
of God, have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against you. 12
He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers,
by bringing upon us a calamity so great that what has been done against
Jerusalem has never before been done under the whole heaven. 13 Just as it is
written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us. We did not
entreat the favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and
reflecting on his fidelity. 14 So the LORD kept watch over this calamity until
he brought it upon us. Indeed, the LORD our God is right in all that he has
done; for we have disobeyed his voice.
15 "And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt
with a mighty hand and made your name renowned even to this day – we have
sinned, we have done wickedly. 16 O Lord, in view of all your righteous acts,
let your anger and wrath, we pray, turn away from your city Jerusalem, your
holy mountain; because of our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors,
Jerusalem and your people have become a disgrace among all our neighbors. 17
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his
supplication, and for your own sake, Lord, let your face shine upon your
desolated sanctuary. 18 Incline your ear, O my God, and hear. Open your eyes
and look at our desolation and the city that bears your name. We do not
present our supplication before you on the ground of our righteousness, but on
the ground of your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord,
listen and act and do not delay! For your own sake, O my God, because your
city and your people bear your name!"
20 While I was speaking, and was praying and confessing my sin and the sin of
my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God on
behalf of the holy mountain of my God – 21 while I was speaking in prayer, the
man Gabriel, whom I had seen before in a vision, came to me in swift flight at
the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He came and said to me, "Daniel, I have
now come out to give you wisdom and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your
supplications a word went out, and I have come to declare it, for you are
greatly beloved. So consider the word and understand the vision:
24 "Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city: to finish
the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring
in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a
most holy place. 25 Know therefore and understand: from the time that the word
went out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the time of an anointed
prince, there shall be seven weeks; and for sixty-two weeks it shall be built
again with streets and moat, but in a troubled time. 26 After the sixty-two
weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing, and the troops
of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end
shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are
decreed. 27 He shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for
half of the week he shall make sacrifice and offering cease; and in their
place shall be an abomination that desolates, until the decreed end is poured
out upon the desolator."
Daniel's visionary experience
1 In the third year of King Cyrus of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who
was named Belteshazzar. The word was true, and it concerned a great conflict.
He understood the word, having received understanding in the vision.
2 At that time I, Daniel, had been mourning for three weeks. 3 I had eaten no
rich food, no meat or wine had entered my mouth, and I had not anointed myself
at all, for the full three weeks. 4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first
month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris),
5 I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz
around his waist. 6 His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes
like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze,
and the sound of his words like the roar of a multitude. 7 I, Daniel, alone
saw the vision; the people who were with me did not see the vision, though a
great trembling fell upon them, and they fled and hid themselves. 8 So I was
left alone to see this great vision. My strength left me, and my complexion
grew deathly pale, and I retained no strength. 9 Then I heard the sound of his
words; and when I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a trance, face to
10 But then a hand touched me and roused me to my hands and knees. 11 He said
to me, "Daniel, greatly beloved, pay attention to the words that I am going to
speak to you. Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you." So while
he was speaking this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12 He said to me, "Do
not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind to gain
understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words have been
heard, and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom
of Persia opposed me twenty-one days. So Michael, one of the chief princes,
came to help me, and I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of
Persia, 14 and have come to help you understand what is to happen to your
people at the end of days. For there is a further vision for those days."
15 While he was speaking these words to me, I turned my face toward the ground
and was speechless. 16 Then one in human form touched my lips, and I opened my
mouth to speak, and said to the one who stood before me, "My lord, because of
the vision such pains have come upon me that I retain no strength. 17 How can
my lord's servant talk with my lord? For I am shaking, no strength remains in
me, and no breath is left in me."
18 Again one in human form touched me and strengthened me. 19 He said, "Do not
fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!" When he spoke
to me, I was strengthened and said, "Let my lord speak, for you have
strengthened me." 20 Then he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Now I
must return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I am through with
him, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I am to tell you what is inscribed
in the book of truth. There is no one with me who contends against these
princes except Michael, your prince. [Daniel 11]
1 As for me, in the
first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to support and strengthen him.
Succession of kings
2 "Now I will announce the truth to you. Three more kings shall arise in
Persia. The fourth shall be far richer than all of them, and when he has
become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of
Greece. 3 Then a warrior king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion
and take action as he pleases. 4 And while still rising in power, his kingdom
shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his
posterity, nor according to the dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom
shall be uprooted and go to others besides these.
5 "Then the king of the south shall grow strong, but one of his officers shall
grow stronger than he and shall rule a realm greater than his own realm. 6
After some years they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of
the south shall come to the king of the north to ratify the agreement. But she
shall not retain her power, and his offspring shall not endure. She shall be
given up, she and her attendants and her child and the one who supported her.
"In those times 7 a branch from her roots shall rise up in his place. He shall
come against the army and enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he
shall take action against them and prevail. 8 Even their gods, with their
idols and with their precious vessels of silver and gold, he shall carry off
to Egypt as spoils of war. For some years he shall refrain from attacking the
king of the north; 9 then the latter shall invade the realm of the king of the
south, but will return to his own land.
10 "His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which
shall advance like a flood and pass through, and again shall carry the war as
far as his fortress. 11 Moved with rage, the king of the south shall go out
and do battle against the king of the north, who shall muster a great
multitude, which shall, however, be defeated by his enemy. 12 When the
multitude has been carried off, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall
overthrow tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 13 For the king of the
north shall again raise a multitude, larger than the former, and after some
years he shall advance with a great army and abundant supplies.
Campaigns of Antiochus III
14 "In those times many shall rise against the king of the south. The lawless
among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision,
but they shall fail. 15 Then the king of the north shall come and throw up
siegeworks, and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall
not stand, not even his picked troops, for there shall be no strength to
resist. 16 But he who comes against him shall take the actions he pleases, and
no one shall withstand him. He shall take a position in the beautiful land,
and all of it shall be in his power. 17 He shall set his mind to come with the
strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of peace and perform
them. In order to destroy the kingdom, he shall give him a woman in marriage;
but it shall not succeed or be to his advantage. 18 Afterward he shall turn to
the coastlands, and shall capture many. But a commander shall put an end to
his insolence; indeed, he shall turn his insolence back upon him. 19 Then he
shall turn back toward the fortresses of his own land, but he shall stumble
and fall, and shall not be found.
20 "Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an official for the glory
of the kingdom; but within a few days he shall be broken, though not in anger
or in battle. 21 In his place shall arise a contemptible person on whom royal
majesty had not been conferred; he shall come in without warning and obtain
the kingdom through intrigue. 22 Armies shall be utterly swept away and broken
before him, and the prince of the covenant as well. 23 And after an alliance
is made with him, he shall act deceitfully and become strong with a small
party. 24 Without warning he shall come into the richest parts of the province
and do what none of his predecessors had ever done, lavishing plunder, spoil,
and wealth on them. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a
time. 25 He shall stir up his power and determination against the king of the
south with a great army, and the king of the south shall wage war with a much
greater and stronger army. But he shall not succeed, for plots shall be
devised against him 26 by those who eat of the royal rations. They shall break
him, his army shall be swept away, and many shall fall slain. 27 The two
kings, their minds bent on evil, shall sit at one table and exchange lies. But
it shall not succeed, for there remains an end at the time appointed. 28 He
shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against
the holy covenant. He shall work his will, and return to his own land.
Attack against the Jews
29 "At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but this
time it shall not be as it was before. 30 For ships of Kittim shall come
against him, and he shall lose heart and withdraw. He shall be enraged and
take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay heed to
those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 Forces sent by him shall occupy and
profane the temple and fortress. They shall abolish the regular burnt offering
and set up the abomination that makes desolate. 32 He shall seduce with
intrigue those who violate the covenant; but the people who are loyal to their
God shall stand firm and take action. 33 The wise among the people shall give
understanding to many; for some days, however, they shall fall by sword and
flame, and suffer captivity and plunder. 34 When they fall victim, they shall
receive a little help, and many shall join them insincerely. 35 Some of the
wise shall fall, so that they may be refined, purified, and cleansed, until
the time of the end, for there is still an interval until the time appointed.
36 "The king shall act as he pleases. He shall exalt himself and consider
himself greater than any god, and shall speak horrendous things against the
God of gods. He shall prosper until the period of wrath is completed, for what
is determined shall be done. 37 He shall pay no respect to the gods of his
ancestors, or to the one beloved by women; he shall pay no respect to any
other god, for he shall consider himself greater than all. 38 He shall honor
the god of fortresses instead of these; a god whom his ancestors did not know
he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39
He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god.
Those who acknowledge him he shall make more wealthy, and shall appoint them
as rulers over many, and shall distribute the land for a price.
40 "At the time of the end the king of the south shall attack him. But the
king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and
horsemen, and with many ships. He shall advance against countries and pass
through like a flood. 41 He shall come into the beautiful land, and tens of
thousands shall fall victim, but Edom and Moab and the main part of the
Ammonites shall escape from his power. 42 He shall stretch out his hand
against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall
become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the riches of
Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall follow in his train. 44 But
reports from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with
great fury to bring ruin and complete destruction to many. 45 He shall pitch
his palatial tents between the sea and the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he
shall come to his end, with no one to help him.
1 "At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall
arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since
nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be
delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2 Many of those who
sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some
to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine like the
brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the
stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, keep the words secret and the book
sealed until the time of the end. Many shall be running back and forth, and
evil shall increase."
5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and two others appeared, one standing on this bank
of the stream and one on the other. 6 One of them said to the man clothed in
linen, who was upstream, "How long shall it be until the end of these
wonders?" 7 The man clothed in linen, who was upstream, raised his right hand
and his left hand toward heaven. And I heard him swear by the one who lives
forever that it would be for a time, two times, and half a time, and that when
the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end, all these
things would be accomplished. 8 I heard but could not understand; so I said,
"My lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?" 9 He said, "Go your way,
Daniel, for the words are to remain secret and sealed until the time of the
end. 10 Many shall be purified, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked shall
continue to act wickedly. None of the wicked shall understand, but those who
are wise shall understand. 11 From the time that the regular burnt offering is
taken away and the abomination that desolates is set up, there shall be one
thousand two hundred ninety days. 12 Happy are those who persevere and attain
the thousand three hundred thirty-five days. 13 But you, go your way, and
rest; you shall rise for your reward at the end of the days."