Vision of a Glorious One
1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, #Dn 1:21|NoBook| 6:28 a message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. #Dn 1:7 The message was true and was about a great conflict. He understood the message and had understanding of the vision. #Dn 1:17: 2:21
2In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three full weeks. #Ezr 9:4-5Neh 1:4 3I didn’t eat any rich food, #Dn 6:18Am 6:6Mt 6:17 no meat or wine entered my mouth, and I didn’t put any oil on my body until the three weeks were over. 4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, # = Nisan (March–April) as I was standing on the bank of the great river, #Ezk 1:3Dn 8:2 the Tigris, 5I looked up, and there was a man dressed in linen, #Ezk 9:2Dn 12:6-7 with a belt of gold #Rv 1:13|NoBook| 15:6 from Uphaz # Some Hb mss read Ophir #Jr 10:9 around his waist. 6His body was like topaz, # The identity of this stone is uncertain. his face like the brilliance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, #Rv 1:14|NoBook| 2:18|NoBook| 19:12 his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. #Rv 19:6
7Only I, Daniel, saw the vision. #2Kg 6:17-20 The men who were with me did not see it, #Ac 9:7 but a great terror fell on them, #Ezk 12:18 and they ran and hid. 8I was left alone, looking at this great vision. #Gn 32:24 No strength was left in me; my face grew deathly pale, # Lit my splendor was turned on me to ruin #Dn 7:28|NoBook| 8:27Hab 3:16 and I was powerless. 9I heard the words he said, and when I heard them I fell into a deep sleep, # Lit a sleep on my face #Gn 15:12Jb 4:13Dn 8:18 with my face to the ground.
10Suddenly, a hand touched me and raised me to my hands and knees. 11He said to me, “Daniel, you are a man treasured by God. #Dn 9:23|NoBook| 10:19 Understand the words that I’m saying to you. Stand on your feet, #Ezk 2:2Dn 8:18 for I have now been sent to you.” #Heb 11:14 After he said this to me, I stood trembling.
12“Don’t be afraid, #Is 41:10Dn 10:19 Daniel,” he said to me, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, #Dn 9:2-2310:2-3 your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers. #Ac 10:30-31 13But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael, #Dn 10:21|NoBook| 12:1Jd 9Rv 12:7 one of the chief princes, came to help me after I had been left there with the kings of Persia. #Dn 7:17|NoBook| 8:21 14Now I have come to help you understand what will happen to your people in the last days, #Dt 31:29Dn 2:28 for the vision refers to those days.” #Dn 8:26|NoBook| 12:4
15While he was saying these words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and was speechless. #Ezk 3:26|NoBook| 24:27Lk 1:20 16Suddenly one with human likeness #Dn 8:15 touched my lips. #Is 6:7Jr 1:9 I opened my mouth and said to the one standing in front of me, “My lord, because of the vision, anguish overwhelms me and I am powerless. #Dn 7:15|NoBook| 8:1710:8-9 17How can someone like me, #Ex 24:10-11Is 6:1-5 your servant, # Lit Can I, a servant of my lord speak with someone like you, my lord? Now I have no strength, and there is no breath in me.”
18Then the one with human likeness touched me again and strengthened me. #Is 35:3-4 19He said, “Don’t be afraid, #Jdg 6:23Is 43:1Dn 10:12 you who are # Lit afraid, man treasured by God. #Dn 9:23|NoBook| 10:11 Peace to you; be very strong! ” #Jos 1:6-7Is 35:4
As he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” #Ps 138:22Co 12:9
20He said, “Do you know why I’ve come to you? I must return at once to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I leave, the prince of Greece will come. #Dn 8:21|NoBook| 11:2 21No one has the courage to support me against them except Michael, #Dn 10:13Rv 12:7 your prince. However, I will tell you what is recorded in the book of truth.
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