King James VersionDaniel7


1 In the first year of Bels­haz­zar king of Baby­lon Daniel had a dream and vi­sions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the mat­ters. 2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vi­sion by night, and, be­hold, the four winds of the heav­en strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, di­verse one from an­oth­er. 4 The first was like a li­on, and had eagle's wings: I be­held till the wings there­of were plucked, and it was lift­ed up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was giv­en to it. 5 And be­hold an­oth­er beast, a sec­ond, like to a bear, and it raised up it­self on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it be­tween the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, de­vour much flesh. 6 Af­ter this I be­held, and lo an­oth­er, like a leop­ard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and do­min­ion was giv­en to it. 7 Af­ter this I saw in the night vi­sions, and be­hold a fourth beast, dread­ful and ter­ri­ble, and strong ex­ceed­ing­ly; and it had great iron teeth: it de­voured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was di­verse from all the beasts that were be­fore it; and it had ten horns. 8 I con­sid­ered the horns, and, be­hold, there came up among them an­oth­er lit­tle horn, be­fore whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, be­hold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speak­ing great things. 9 I be­held till the thrones were cast down, and the An­cient of days did sit, whose gar­ment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burn­ing fire. 10 A fiery stream is­sued and came forth from be­fore him: thou­sand thou­sands min­is­tered unto him, and ten thou­sand times ten thou­sand stood be­fore him: the judg­ment was set, and the books were opened. 11 I be­held then be­cause of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I be­held even till the beast was slain, and his body de­stroyed, and giv­en to the burn­ing flame. 12 As con­cern­ing the rest of the beasts, they had their do­min­ion tak­en away: yet their lives were pro­longed for a sea­son and time. 13 I saw in the night vi­sions, and, be­hold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heav­en, and came to the An­cient of days, and they brought him near be­fore him. 14 And there was giv­en him do­min­ion, and glo­ry, and a king­dom, that all peo­ple, na­tions, and lan­guages, should serve him: his do­min­ion is an ev­er­last­ing do­min­ion, which shall not pass away, and his king­dom that which shall not be de­stroyed. 15 I Daniel was grieved in my spir­it in the midst of my body, and the vi­sions of my head trou­bled me. 16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the things. 17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the king­dom, and pos­sess the king­dom for ev­er, even for ever and ev­er. 19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was di­verse from 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; 20 And of 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 look was more stout than his fel­lows. 21 I be­held, and the same horn made war with the saints, and pre­vailed against them; 22 Un­til the An­cient of days came, and judg­ment was giv­en to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints pos­sessed the king­dom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth king­dom upon earth, which shall be di­verse from all king­doms, and shall de­vour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this king­dom are ten kings that shall arise: and an­oth­er shall rise af­ter them; and he shall be di­verse from the first, and he shall sub­due three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be giv­en into his hand un­til a time and times and the di­vid­ing of time. 26 But the judg­ment shall sit, and they shall take away his do­min­ion, to con­sume and to de­stroy it unto the end. 27 And the king­dom and do­min­ion, and the great­ness of the king­dom un­der the whole heav­en, shall be giv­en to the peo­ple of the saints of the most High, whose king­dom is an ev­er­last­ing king­dom, and all do­min­ions shall serve and obey him. 28 Hith­er­to is the end of the mat­ter. As for me Daniel, my cog­i­ta­tions much trou­bled me, and my coun­te­nance changed in me: but I kept the mat­ter in my heart.