Daniel 7 ©

Daniel sees in a vision four beasts coming up out of the sea, v. 1, etc. And the Ancient of days delivering to the Son of man an everlasting Kingdom, 9. Daniel receives the interpretation of this vision, 15. Whereat he was sorely troubled, 28.


IN1 the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel 2had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he 3wrote the dream, and 4told 5the sum 6of the matters.


Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, 7the four winds of the heaven strove 8upon the great sea.


And 9four great beasts came up 10from the sea, 11diverse 12one from another.


The first was 13like a lion, and 14had eagle’s wings: I beheld till 15the wings thereof were plucked, and 16it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand 17upon the feet 18as a man, and 19a man’s heart was 20given 21to it.


And behold 22another beast, a second, like to 23a bear, and 24it raised up itself on one side, and it had 25three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and 26they said thus unto it, Arise, 27devour much flesh.


After this I 28beheld, and lo 29another, like 30a leopard, which had upon the back of it 31four wings of a fowl; the beast had also 32four heads; and dominion was given to 33it.


After this I saw in the night visions, and behold 34a fourth beast, 35dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had 36great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and 37stamped the residue with the feet of it: and 38it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had 39ten horns.


40I considered the horns, and, behold, 41there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, 42in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and 43a mouth speaking great things.


¶I beheld 44till the thrones were cast down, and 45the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was 46white as snow, and the hair of his head 47like the pure wool: 48his throne was like 49the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.


50A fiery stream issued and came forth 51from before him: 52thousand thousandsa ministered unto him, and 53ten thousand times ten thousand 54stood before him: 55the judgment was set, and 56the booksb were opened.


57I beheld then 58because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even 59till the beast was slain, and 60his body destroyed, and given 61to the burning flame.


62As concerning the rest of the beasts, 63they had their dominion taken away: 64yet their lives were 65prolonged 66for a season and time.


I 67saw in the night visions, and, behold, one 68like the Son of man 69came with the clouds of heaven, and 70came to the Ancient of days, and 71they brought him near before him.


And there was given 72him dominion, and glory, and 73a kingdom, that 74all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: hisc dominion is an everlasting dominion, 75which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which 76shall not be destroyed.


77I Daniel was 78grieved in my spirit in the midst 79of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.


I came near 80unto one of them that stood by, and asked him 81the truth of all this. So he told me, and 82made me know the interpretation 83of the things.


These great beasts, which are four, 84are 85four kings, which shall 86arise 87out of the earth.


But the saints 88of the most High shall take 89the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.


90Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse 91from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;


And 92of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose 93look was 94more stout 95than his fellows.


96I beheld, and the same horn 97made war 98with the saints, and 99prevailed against them;


Until the 100Ancient of days 101came, and 102judgment was given to 103the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed 104the kingdom.


Thus 105he said, The fourth beast shall be 106the fourth kingdom upon earth, 107which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour 108the whole earth, and shall 109tread it down, and break it in pieces.


And the ten horns 110out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and 111another shall rise 112after them; and 113he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue 114three kings.


And hed shall speak great words against the most High, and 115shall 116wear out the 117saints of the most High, and 118think to change 119times and 120laws: and 121they shall be given into his hand 122until a time and times and 123the dividing of time.


But 124the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away 125his dominion, 126to consume and to destroy it 127unto the end.


128And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom 129under the whole heaven, shall be 130given to 131the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is 132an everlasting kingdom, and 133all dominions shall serve and obey 134him.


135Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, 136my cogitations much troubled me, and 137my countenance changed in me: but 138I kept the matter in my heart.139