7 1In 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.
2Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night,
and, behold, the four winds of heaven brake forth upon the great sea.
3And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
4The 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 to
stand upon two feet as a man; and a man's heart was given to it.
behold, another beast, a second, like to a bear; and it was raised up on one
side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth: and they said thus
unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
6After this I beheld, and, lo,
another, like a leopard, which had upon its back four wings of a bird; the
beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
7After this I
saw in the night-visions, and, behold, a fourth beast, terrible and powerful,
and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and brake in
pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all
the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
8I considered the
horns, and, behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one,
before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots: and,
behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking
9I beheld till thrones were placed, and one that was
ancient of days did sit: his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his
head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and the wheels
thereof burning fire.
10A fiery stream issued and came forth from before
him: thousands of thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten
thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
11I beheld at that time because of the voice of the great words which the
horn spake; I beheld even till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed,
and it was given to be burned with fire.
12And as for the rest of the
beasts, their dominion was taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a
season and a time.
13I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came
with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the
ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14And there was
given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, 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.
15As for me, Daniel, my spirit was grieved in the midst of my body, and
the visions of my head troubled me.
16I came near unto one of them that
stood by, and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me, and
made me know the interpretation of the things.
17These great beasts,
which are four, are four kings, that shall arise out of the earth.
the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the
kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
19Then I desired to know the
truth concerning the fourth beast, which was diverse from all of them,
exceeding terrible, whose teeth were of iron, and its nails of brass; which
devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet;
concerning the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn
which came up, and before which three fell, even that horn that had eyes, and
a mouth that spake great things, whose look was more stout than its fellows.
21I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed
22until 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
23Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom upon
earth, which shall be diverse from all the kingdoms, and shall devour the
whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
for the ten horns, out of this kingdom shall ten kings arise: and another
shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the former, and he shall
put down three kings.
25And he shall speak words against the Most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change
the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and
times and half a time.
26But the judgment shall be set, and they shall
take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
the kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the
whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High:
his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey
28Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts much
troubled me, and my countenance was changed in me: but I kept the matter in