Daniel 12

Daniel 12

Eternal life or eternal disgrace
1“At that time, Michael the great leader who guards your people will take his stand. It will be a difficult time—nothing like it has ever happened since nations first appeared. But at that time every one of your people who is found written in the scroll will be rescued. 2Many of those who sleep in the dusty land#12.2 Or earthy soil or dust of the earth will wake up—some to eternal life, others to shame and eternal disgrace. 3Those skilled in wisdom#12.3 See 1:4; or The teachers; see 11:33, 35; also in 12:10. will shine like the sky. Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and always. 4But you, Daniel, must keep these words secret! Seal the scroll until the end time! Many will stray far, but knowledge will increase.”
Waiting for the end time
5I, Daniel, looked and suddenly saw two other figures—one standing on each side of the stream. 6One said to the man clothed in white linen, who was farther upstream: “When will these astonishing things be over?”
7I heard the man clothed in white linen, who was farther upstream, swear by the one who lives forever as he raised both hands to heaven: “For one set time, two set times, and half a set time. When the breaking of the holy people’s power is over, all these things will be over.”
8I heard it, but I didn’t understand it. “My lord,” I said, “what will happen after all this?”
9He said, “Get going now, Daniel, because these words must remain secret and sealed up until the end time. 10Many will purify, cleanse, and refine themselves, but the wicked will act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but those skilled in wisdom will understand. 11There will be one thousand two hundred ninety days from the time the daily sacrifice is stopped to the setting up of the desolating monstrosity. 12Happy is the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred thirty-five days. 13Now as for you, go on to the end. You will rest and will stand to receive your reward at the end of days.”

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