The end times
1‘At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people – everyone whose name is found written in the book – will be delivered. 2Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise# will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.’
5Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. 6One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, ‘How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?’
7The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand towards heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives for ever, saying, ‘It will be for a time, times and half a time.# When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.’
8I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, ‘My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?’
9He replied, ‘Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. 10Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
11‘From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.
13‘As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.’
Footnotes for the Book of Daniel
a 2 Or Chaldeans; also in verses 4, 5 and 10
b 3 Or was
c 4 At this point the Hebrew text has in Aramaic, indicating that the text from here to the end of chapter 7 is in Aramaic.
a In Aramaic texts 4:1-3 is numbered 3:31-33, and 4:4-37 is numbered 4:1-34.
b 7 Or Chaldeans
c 13 Or watchman; also in verses 17 and 23
d 16 Or years; also in verses 23, 25 and 32
a In Aramaic texts 6:1-28 is numbered 6:2-29.
b 28 Or Darius, that is, the reign of Cyrus
a 12 Or rebellion, the armies
b 17 The Hebrew phrase ben adam means human being. The phrase son of man is retained as a form of address here because of its possible association with ‘Son of Man’ in the New Testament.
c 19 Or because the end will be at the appointed time
a 1 Or true and burdensome
b 16 Most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text; one manuscript of the Masoretic Text, Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint Then something that looked like a human hand
a 3 Or who impart wisdom
b 7 Or a year, two years and half a year