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Daniel 3-8

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Chapter 3

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made a statue of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits, and its width six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 Nebuchadnezzar the king also sent word to assemble the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the chief treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the administrators of the provinces to come to the dedication of the statue that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3 Then the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the chief treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the administrators of the provinces were assembled for the dedication of the statue that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed: 'To you the command is given, you peoples, nations, and populations of all languages, 5 that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of musical instruments, you are to fall down and worship the golden statue that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be thrown into the middle of a furnace of blazing fire.' 7 Therefore as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of musical instruments, all the peoples, nations, and populations of all languages fell down and worshiped the golden statue that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
8 For this reason at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought charges against the Jews. 9 They began to speak and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king: 'O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree that every person who hears the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of musical instruments, is to fall down and worship the golden statue. 11 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be thrown into the middle of a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods, nor do they worship the golden statue which you have set up.'
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar began speaking and said to them, 'Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods, nor worship the golden statue that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe, and all kinds of musical instruments, to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can rescue you from my hands?'
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego replied to the king, 'Nebuchadnezzar, we are not in need of an answer to give you concerning this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods nor worship the golden statue that you have set up.'
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and his facial expression was changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. He answered by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he ordered certain valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in order to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 Then these men were tied up in their trousers, their coats, their caps, and their other clothes, and were thrown into the middle of the furnace of blazing fire. 22 For this reason, because the king’s command was harsh and the furnace had been made extremely hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. 23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell into the middle of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up quickly; he said to his counselors, 'Was it not three men that we threw bound into the middle of the fire?' They replied to the king, 'Absolutely, O king.' 25 He responded, 'Look! I see four men untied and walking about in the middle of the fire unharmed, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!' 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he said, 'Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!' Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego came out of the middle of the fire. 27 The satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men, nor was the hair of their heads singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had even the smell of fire touched them.
28 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, 'Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and rescued His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command, and surrendered their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or population of any language that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego shall be torn limb from limb and their houses made a rubbish heap, because there is no other god who is able to save in this way.' 30 Then the king made Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego prosperous in the province of Babylon.

Chapter 4

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and populations of all languages who live in all the earth: 'May your peace be great! 2 I am pleased to declare the signs and miracles that the Most High God has done for me.
3 How great are His signs And how mighty are His miracles! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation.
4 'I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and happy in my palace. 5 I saw a dream and it startled me; and these appearances as I lay on my bed and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. 6 So I gave orders to bring into my presence all the wise men of Babylon, so that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. 7 Then the soothsayer priests, the sorcerers, the Chaldeans, and the diviners came in and I related the dream to them, but they could not make its interpretation known to me. 8 But finally Daniel came in before me, whose name is Belteshazzar according to the name of my god, and in whom is a spirit of the holy gods; and I related the dream to him, saying, 9 ‘Belteshazzar, chief of the soothsayer priests, since I know that a spirit of the holy gods is in you and no secret baffles you, tell me the visions of my dream which I have seen, along with its interpretation.
10 ‘Now these were the visions in my mind as I lay on my bed: I was looking, and behold, there was a tree in the middle of the earth and its height was great.
11 The tree grew large and became strong And its height reached to the sky, And it was visible to the end of the whole earth.
12 Its foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, And in it was food for all. The animals of the field found shade under it, And the birds of the sky lived in its branches, And all living creatures fed from it.
13 ‘I was looking in the visions in my mind as I lay on my bed, and behold, an angelic watcher, a holy one, descended from heaven.
14 He shouted out and spoke as follows: 'Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, Shake off its foliage and scatter its fruit; Let the animals flee from under it And the birds from its branches. 15 Yet leave the stump with its roots in the ground, But with a band of iron and bronze around it In the new grass of the field; And let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, And let him share with the animals in the grass of the earth. 16 Let his mind change from that of a human And let an animal’s mind be given to him, And let seven periods of time pass over him.
17 This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers, And the decision is a command of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, And He grants it to whomever He wishes And sets over it the lowliest of people.'
18 This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, tell me its interpretation, since none of the wise men of my kingdom is able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, because a spirit of the holy gods is in you.’
19 'Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him. The king responded and said, ‘Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation alarm you.’ Belteshazzar replied, ‘My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you, and its interpretation to your adversaries! 20 The tree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth, 21 and whose foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which the animals of the field lived and in whose branches the birds of the sky settled— 22 it is you, O king; for you have become great and grown strong, and your majesty has become great and reached to the sky, and your dominion to the end of the earth. 23 And in that the king saw an angelic watcher, a holy one, descending from heaven and saying, 'Chop down the tree and destroy it; yet leave the stump with its roots in the ground, but with a band of iron and bronze around it in the new grass of the field, let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him share with the animals of the field until seven periods of time pass over him,' 24 this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king: 25 that you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the animals of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes. 26 And in that it was commanded to leave the stump with the roots of the tree, your kingdom will remain as yours after you recognize that it is Heaven that rules. 27 Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: wipe away your sin by doing righteousness, and your wrongdoings by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.’
28 'All of this happened to Nebuchadnezzar the king. 29 Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king began speaking and was saying, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the honor of my majesty?’ 31 While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, 32 and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the animals of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’ 33 Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.
34 'But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the inhabitants of the earth are of no account, But He does according to His will among the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can fend off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’
36 At that time my reason returned to me. And my majesty and splendor were restored to me for the honor of my kingdom, and my state counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished in my sovereignty, and surpassing greatness was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just; and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.'

Chapter 5

1 Belshazzar the king held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand. 2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave orders to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines could drink out of them. 3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God which was in Jerusalem; and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank out of them. 4 They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing. 6 Then the king’s face became pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip joints loosened and his knees began knocking together. 7 The king called aloud to bring in the sorcerers, the Chaldeans, and the diviners. The king began speaking and said to the wise men of Babylon, 'Anyone who can read this inscription and explain its interpretation to me shall be clothed with purple and have a necklace of gold around his neck, and have authority as third ruler in the kingdom.' 8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, his face grew even more pale, and his nobles were perplexed.
10 The queen entered the banquet hall because of the words of the king and his nobles; the queen began to speak and said, 'O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you or your face be pale. 11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is a spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father, illumination, insight, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him. And King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—appointed him chief of the soothsayer priests, sorcerers, Chaldeans, and diviners. 12 This was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of riddles, and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation.'
13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king began speaking and said to Daniel, 'Are you that Daniel who is one of the exiles from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? 14 Now I have heard about you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight, and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you. 15 Just now the wise men and the sorcerers were brought in before me to read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they could not declare the interpretation of the message. 16 But I personally have heard about you, that you are able to give interpretations and solve difficult problems. Now if you are able to read the inscription and make its interpretation known to me, you will be clothed with purple and wear a necklace of gold around your neck, and you will have authority as the third ruler in the kingdom.'
17 Then Daniel replied and said before the king, 'Keep your gifts for yourself or give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the inscription to the king and make the interpretation known to him. 18 O king, the Most High God granted sovereignty, greatness, honor, and majesty to Nebuchadnezzar your father. 19 Now because of the greatness which He granted him, all the peoples, nations, and populations of all languages trembled and feared in his presence; whomever he wished, he killed, and whomever he wished, he spared alive; and whomever he wished he elevated, and whomever he wished he humbled. 20 But when his heart was arrogant and his spirit became so overbearing that he behaved presumptuously, he was deposed from his royal throne, and his dignity was taken away from him. 21 He was also driven away from mankind, and his heart was made like that of animals, and his dwelling place was with the wild donkeys. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind, and that He sets over it whomever He wishes. 22 Yet you, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this, 23 but you have risen up against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your nobles, your wives, and your concubines have been drinking wine out of them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see, nor hear, nor understand. But the God in whose hand are your life-breath and all your ways, you have not glorified. 24 Then the hand was sent from Him and this inscription was written out.
25 'Now this is the inscription that was written: ‘MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.’ 26 This is the interpretation of the message: ‘MENE’—God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. 27 ‘TEKEL’—you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient. 28 ‘PERES’—your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.'
29 Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a necklace of gold around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he now had authority as the third ruler in the kingdom.
30 That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. 31 So Darius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two.

Chapter 6

1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, to be in charge of the whole kingdom, 2 and over them, three commissioners (of whom Daniel was one), so that these satraps would be accountable to them, and that the king would not suffer loss. 3 Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king intended to appoint him over the entire kingdom. 4 Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel regarding government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, because he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him. 5 Then these men said, 'We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him regarding the law of his God.'
6 Then these commissioners and satraps came by agreement to the king and spoke to him as follows: 'King Darius, live forever! 7 All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors, have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who offers a prayer to any god or person besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it will not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.' 9 Thereupon, King Darius signed the document, that is, the injunction.
10 Now when Daniel learned that the document was signed, he entered his house (and in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and offering praise before his God, just as he had been doing previously. 11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel offering a prayer and imploring favor before his God. 12 Then they approached and spoke before the king about the king’s injunction: 'Did you not sign an injunction that any person who offers a prayer to any god or person besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be thrown into the lions’ den?' The king replied, 'The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.' 13 Then they responded and spoke before the king, 'Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps offering his prayer three times a day.'
14 Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed, and set his mind on rescuing Daniel; and until sunset he kept exerting himself to save him. 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, 'Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.'
16 Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and thrown into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, 'Your God whom you continually serve will Himself rescue you.' 17 And a stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed regarding Daniel. 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
19 Then the king got up at dawn, at the break of day, and went in a hurry to the lions’ den. 20 And when he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king began speaking and said to Daniel, 'Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you continually serve, been able to rescue you from the lions?' 21 Then Daniel spoke to the king, 'O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, since I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.' 23 Then the king was very glad and gave orders for Daniel to be lifted up out of the den. So Daniel was lifted up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and they threw them, their children, and their wives into the lions’ den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations, and populations of all languages who were living in all the land: 'May your peace be great!
26 I issue a decree that in all the realm of my kingdom people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; For He is the living God and enduring forever, And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever. 27 He rescues, saves, and performs signs and miracles In heaven and on earth, He who has also rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.'
28 So this Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Chapter 7

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and told the following summary of it. 2 Daniel said, 'I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. 4 The first was like a lion but had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and set up on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it. 5 And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and they said this to it: ‘Arise, devour much meat!’ 6 After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8 While I was thinking about the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the previous horns were plucked out before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like human eyes, and a mouth uttering great boasts.
9 'I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.
10 A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were serving Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court convened, And the books were opened.
11 Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was killed, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.
13 'I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a son of man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him.
14 And to Him was given dominion, Honor, and a kingdom, So that all the peoples, nations, and populations of all languages Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.
15 'As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. 16 I approached one of those who were standing by and began requesting of him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth. 18 But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and take possession of the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’
19 'Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet, 20 and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three of the horns fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts, and which was larger in appearance than its associates. 21 I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.
23 'This is what he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth which will be different from all the other kingdoms, and will devour the whole earth and trample it down and crush it. 24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will humble three kings. 25 And he will speak against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half a time. 26 But the court will convene for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the empires will serve and obey Him.’
28 'At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my face became pale, but I kept the matter to myself.'

Chapter 8

1 In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar the king, a vision appeared to me, Daniel, subsequent to the one which appeared to me previously. 2 I looked in the vision, and while I was looking, I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I looked in the vision, and I myself was beside the Ulai Canal. 3 Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a ram which had two horns was standing in front of the canal. Now the two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, with the longer one coming up last. 4 I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand against him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased and made himself great.
5 While I was observing, behold, a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the entire earth without touching the ground; and the goat had a prominent horn between his eyes. 6 He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the canal, and rushed at him in his mighty wrath. 7 And I saw him come up beside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and smashed his two horns, and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was no one to rescue the ram from his power. 8 Then the male goat made himself exceedingly great. But once he became powerful, the large horn was broken; and in its place four prominent horns came up toward the four winds of heaven.
9 And out of one of them came a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew up to the heavenly lights, and some of the lights, that is, some of the stars it threw down to the earth, and it trampled them. 11 It even exalted itself to be equal with the Commander of the army; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was overthrown. 12 And because of an offense the army will be given to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will hurl truth to the ground and do as it pleases and be successful. 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, 'How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, while the offense causes horror, so as to allow both the sanctuary and the army to be trampled?' 14 And he said to me, 'For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be properly restored.'
15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, 'Gabriel, explain the vision to this man.' 17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; and he said to me, 'Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.'
18 Now while he was talking with me, I was dazed with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand at my place. 19 And he said, 'Behold, I am going to inform you of what will occur at the final period of the indignation, because it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
20 The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.
21 The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 The broken horn and the four horns that came up in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power.
23 And in the latter period of their dominion, When the wrongdoers have run their course, A king will arise, Insolent and skilled in intrigue. 24 And his power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree And be successful and do as he pleases; He will destroy mighty men and the holy people. 25 And through his shrewdness He will make deceit a success by his influence; And he will make himself great in his own mind, And he will destroy many while they are at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken without human agency.
26 And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which has been told is true; But as for you, keep the vision secret, Because it pertains to many days in the future.'
27 Then I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up and carried on the king’s business; but I was astounded at the vision, and there was no one to explain it.
King James Version

Chapter 3

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, 5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. 9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. 10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: 11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. 20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. 27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

Chapter 4

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. 3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace: 5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. 6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream. 7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof. 8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying, 9 O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof. 10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great. 11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth: 12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it. 13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven; 14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches: 15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth: 16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him. 17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. 18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies. 20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth; 21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation: 22 It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth. 23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him; 24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: 25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. 26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. 27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. 32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. 33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellers and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

Chapter 5

1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. 2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. 5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. 8 Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. 9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: 11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; 12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation. 13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry? 14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee. 15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing: 16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. 17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. 20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: 21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. 22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; 23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: 24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. 25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. 29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. 31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

Chapter 6

1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. 4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellers, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. 14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. 16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. 17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Chapter 7

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.

Chapter 8

1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first. 2 And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai. 3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. 5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. 7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. 9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. 10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered. 13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? 14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. 17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. 18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. 19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. 20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. 23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. 24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. 26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. 27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
Christian Standard Bible

Chapter 3

1 King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue, ninety feet high and nine feet wide. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces to attend the dedication of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the statue the king had set up. Then they stood before the statue Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4 A herald loudly proclaimed, "People of every nation and language, you are commanded: 5 When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, you are to fall facedown and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire."
7 Therefore, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, and every kind of music, people of every nation and language fell down and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
8 Some Chaldeans took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accuse the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "May the king live forever. 10 You as king have issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue. 11 Whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are some Jews you have appointed to manage the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men have ignored you, the king; they do not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up."
13 Then in a furious rage Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar asked them, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don't serve my gods or worship the gold statue I have set up? 15 Now if you're ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don't worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire--and who is the god who can rescue you from my power? "
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, "Nebuchadnezzar, we don't need to give you an answer to this question. 17 If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king. 18 But even if he does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up."
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than was customary, 20 and he commanded some of the best soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 So these men, in their trousers, robes, head coverings, and other clothes, were tied up and thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22 Since the king's command was so urgent and the furnace extremely hot, the raging flames killed those men who carried up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm. He said to his advisers, "Didn't we throw three men, bound, into the fire? ""Yes, of course, Your Majesty," they replied to the king.
25 He exclaimed, "Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed; and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."
26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God--come out! " So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. 27 When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king's advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, "Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel and rescued his servants who trusted in him. They violated the king's command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I issue a decree that anyone of any people, nation, or language who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump. For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this." 30 Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Chapter 4

1 King Nebuchadnezzar,To those of every people, nation, and language, who live on the whole earth:May your prosperity increase. 2 I am pleased to tell you about the miracles and wonders the Most High God has done for me.
3 How great are his miracles, and how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and flourishing in my palace. 5 I had a dream, and it frightened me; while in my bed, the images and visions in my mind alarmed me. 6 So I issued a decree to bring all the wise men of Babylon to me in order that they might make the dream's interpretation known to me. 7 When the magicians, mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners came in, I told them the dream, but they could not make its interpretation known to me.
8 Finally Daniel, named Belteshazzar after the name of my god--and a spirit of the holy gods is in him--came before me. I told him the dream: 9 "Belteshazzar, head of the magicians, because I know that you have the spirit of the holy gods and that no mystery puzzles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I saw, and its interpretation.
10 In the visions of my mind as I was lying in bed, I saw this: There was a tree in the middle of the earth, and it was very tall. 11 The tree grew large and strong; its top reached to the sky, and it was visible to the ends of the earth. 12 Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit was abundant, and on it was food for all. Wild animals found shelter under it, the birds of the sky lived in its branches, and every creature was fed from it.
13 "As I was lying in my bed, I also saw in the visions of my mind a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven.
14 He called out loudly: Cut down the tree and chop off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it, and the birds from its branches. 15 But leave the stump with its roots in the ground and with a band of iron and bronze around it in the tender grass of the field. Let him be drenched with dew from the sky and share the plants of the earth with the animals. 16 Let his mind be changed from that of a human, and let him be given the mind of an animal for seven periods of time. 17 This word is by decree of the watchers, and the decision is by command from the holy ones. This is so that the living will know that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms. He gives them to anyone he wants and sets the lowliest of people over them.
18 This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because none of the wise men of my kingdom can make the interpretation known to me. But you can, because you have a spirit of the holy gods."
19 Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was stunned for a moment, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king said, "Belteshazzar, don't let the dream or its interpretation alarm you."Belteshazzar answered, "My lord, may the dream apply to those who hate you, and its interpretation to your enemies! 20 The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, whose top reached to the sky and was visible to the whole earth, 21 and whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant--and on it was food for all, under it the wild animals lived, and in its branches the birds of the sky lived-- 22 that tree is you, Your Majesty. For you have become great and strong: your greatness has grown and even reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to the ends of the earth.
23 "The king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump with its roots in the ground and with a band of iron and bronze around it in the tender grass of the field. Let him be drenched with dew from the sky and share food with the wild animals for seven periods of time.' 24 This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree of the Most High that has been issued against my lord the king: 25 You will be driven away from people to live with the wild animals. You will feed on grass like cattle and be drenched with dew from the sky for seven periods of time, until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms, and he gives them to anyone he wants. 26 As for the command to leave the tree's stump with its roots, your kingdom will be restored to you as soon as you acknowledge that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity."
28 All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months, as he was walking on the roof of the royal palace in Babylon, 30 the king exclaimed, "Is this not Babylon the Great that I have built to be a royal residence by my vast power and for my majestic glory? "
31 While the words were still in the king's mouth, a voice came from heaven: "King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared that the kingdom has departed from you. 32 You will be driven away from people to live with the wild animals, and you will feed on grass like cattle for seven periods of time, until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms, and he gives them to anyone he wants."
33 At that moment the message against Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people. He ate grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with dew from the sky, until his hair grew like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws.
34 But at the end of those days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven, and my sanity returned to me. Then I praised the Most High and honored and glorified him who lives forever: For his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation. 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and he does what he wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can block his hand or say to him, "What have you done? "
36 At that time my sanity returned to me, and my majesty and splendor returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and my nobles sought me out, I was reestablished over my kingdom, and even more greatness came to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and glorify the King of the heavens, because all his works are true and his ways are just. He is able to humble those who walk in pride.

Chapter 5

1 King Belshazzar held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine in their presence. 2 Under the influence of the wine, Belshazzar gave orders to bring in the gold and silver vessels that his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, wives, and concubines could drink from them. 3 So they brought in the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, wives, and concubines drank from them. 4 They drank the wine and praised their gods made of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
5 At that moment the fingers of a man's hand appeared and began writing on the plaster of the king's palace wall next to the lampstand. As the king watched the hand that was writing, 6 his face turned pale, and his thoughts so terrified him that he soiled himself and his knees knocked together. 7 The king shouted to bring in the mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. He said to these wise men of Babylon, "Whoever reads this inscription and gives me its interpretation will be clothed in purple, have a gold chain around his neck, and have the third highest position in the kingdom." 8 So all the king's wise men came in, but none could read the inscription or make its interpretation known to him. 9 Then King Belshazzar became even more terrified, his face turned pale, and his nobles were bewildered.
10 Because of the outcry of the king and his nobles, the queen came to the banquet hall. "May the king live forever," she said. "Don't let your thoughts terrify you or your face be pale. 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has a spirit of the holy gods in him. In the days of your predecessor he was found to have insight, intelligence, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods. Your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. Your own predecessor, the king, 12 did this because Daniel, the one the king named Belteshazzar, was found to have an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and intelligence, and the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems. Therefore, summon Daniel, and he will give the interpretation."
13 Then Daniel was brought before the king. The king said to him, "Are you Daniel, one of the Judean exiles that my predecessor the king brought from Judah? 14 I've heard that you have a spirit of the gods in you, and that insight, intelligence, and extraordinary wisdom are found in you. 15 Now the wise men and mediums were brought before me to read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they could not give its interpretation. 16 However, I have heard about you that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Therefore, if you can read this inscription and give me its interpretation, you will be clothed in purple, have a gold chain around your neck, and have the third highest position in the kingdom."
17 Then Daniel answered the king, "You may keep your gifts and give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the inscription for the king and make the interpretation known to him. 18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, greatness, glory, and majesty to your predecessor Nebuchadnezzar. 19 Because of the greatness he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages were terrified and fearful of him. He killed anyone he wanted and kept alive anyone he wanted; he exalted anyone he wanted and humbled anyone he wanted. 20 But when his heart was exalted and his spirit became arrogant, he was deposed from his royal throne and his glory was taken from him. 21 He was driven away from people, his mind was like an animal's, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with dew from the sky until he acknowledged that the Most High God is ruler over human kingdoms and sets anyone he wants over them.
22 "But you his successor, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of the heavens. The vessels from his house were brought to you, and as you and your nobles, wives, and concubines drank wine from them, you praised the gods made of silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or understand. But you have not glorified the God who holds your life-breath in his hand and who controls the whole course of your life. 24 Therefore, he sent the hand, and this writing was inscribed.
25 "This is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin.
26 This is the interpretation of the message: 'Mene' means that God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel' means that you have been weighed on the balance and found deficient. 28 Peres' means that your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians."
29 Then Belshazzar gave an order, and they clothed Daniel in purple, placed a gold chain around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans was killed, 31 and Darius the Mede received the kingdom at the age of sixty-two.

Chapter 6

1 Darius decided to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, stationed throughout the realm, 2 and over them three administrators, including Daniel. These satraps would be accountable to them so that the king would not be defrauded. 3 Daniel distinguished himself above the administrators and satraps because he had an extraordinary spirit, so the king planned to set him over the whole realm. 4 The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him. 5 Then these men said, "We will never find any charge against this Daniel unless we find something against him concerning the law of his God."
6 So the administrators and satraps went together to the king and said to him, "May King Darius live forever. 7 All the administrators of the kingdom--the prefects, satraps, advisers, and governors--have agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an edict that, for thirty days, anyone who petitions any god or man except you, the king, will be thrown into the lions' den. 8 Therefore, Your Majesty, establish the edict and sign the document so that, as a law of the Medes and Persians, it is irrevocable and cannot be changed." 9 So King Darius signed the written edict.
10 When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house. The windows in its upstairs room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel petitioning and imploring his God.
12 So they approached the king and asked about his edict: "Didn't you sign an edict that for thirty days any person who petitions any god or man except you, the king, will be thrown into the lions' den? "The king answered, "As a law of the Medes and Persians, the order stands and is irrevocable."
13 Then they replied to the king, "Daniel, one of the Judean exiles, has ignored you, the king, and the edict you signed, for he prays three times a day." 14 As soon as the king heard this, he was very displeased; he set his mind on rescuing Daniel and made every effort until sundown to deliver him.
15 Then these men went together to the king and said to him, "You know, Your Majesty, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no edict or ordinance the king establishes can be changed."
16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you continually serve, rescue you! " 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing in regard to Daniel could be changed. 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting. No diversions were brought to him, and he could not sleep.
19 At the first light of dawn the king got up and hurried to the lions' den. 20 When he reached the den, he cried out in anguish to Daniel. "Daniel, servant of the living God," the king said, "has your God, whom you continually serve, been able to rescue you from the lions? "
21 Then Daniel spoke with the king: "May the king live forever. 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths; and they haven't harmed me, for I was found innocent before him. And also before you, Your Majesty, I have not done harm."
23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to take Daniel out of the den. When Daniel was brought up from the den, he was found to be unharmed, for he trusted in his God. 24 The king then gave the command, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the lions' den--they, their children, and their wives. They had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then King Darius wrote to those of every people, nation, and language who live on the whole earth: "May your prosperity abound.
26 I issue a decree that in all my royal dominion, people must tremble in fear before the God of Daniel: For he is the living God, and he endures forever; his kingdom will never be destroyed, and his dominion has no end. 27 He rescues and delivers; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for he has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Chapter 7

1 In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream with visions in his mind as he was lying in his bed. He wrote down the dream, and here is the summary of his account. 2 Daniel said, "In my vision at night I was watching, and suddenly the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea. 3 Four huge beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4 "The first was like a lion but had eagle's wings. I continued watching until its wings were torn off. It was lifted up from the ground, set on its feet like a man, and given a human mind.
5 "Suddenly, another beast appeared, a second one, that looked like a bear. It was raised up on one side, with three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, 'Get up! Gorge yourself on flesh.'
6 "After this, while I was watching, suddenly another beast appeared. It was like a leopard with four wings of a bird on its back. It had four heads, and it was given dominion.
7 "After this, while I was watching in the night visions, suddenly a fourth beast appeared, frightening and dreadful, and incredibly strong, with large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and it trampled with its feet whatever was left. It was different from all the beasts before it, and it had ten horns.
8 "While I was considering the horns, suddenly another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. And suddenly in this horn there were eyes like the eyes of a human and a mouth that was speaking arrogantly.
9 "As I kept watching, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was white like snow, and the hair of his head like whitest wool. His throne was flaming fire; its wheels were blazing fire. 10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from his presence. Thousands upon thousands served him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.
11 "I watched, then, because of the sound of the arrogant words the horn was speaking. As I continued watching, the beast was killed and its body destroyed and given over to the burning fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was removed, but an extension of life was granted to them for a certain period of time.
13 I continued watching in the night visions, and suddenly one like a son of man was coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted before him. 14 He was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, so that those of every people, nation, and language should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.
15 "As for me, Daniel, my spirit was deeply distressed within me, and the visions in my mind terrified me. 16 I approached one of those who were standing by and asked him to clarify all this. So he let me know the interpretation of these things: 17 These huge beasts, four in number, are four kings who will rise from the earth. 18 But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess it forever, yes, forever and ever.'
19 "Then I wanted to be clear about the fourth beast, the one different from all the others, extremely terrifying, with iron teeth and bronze claws, devouring, crushing, and trampling with its feet whatever was left. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three fell--the horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly, and that looked bigger than the others. 21 As I was watching, this horn waged war against the holy ones and was prevailing over them 22 until the Ancient of Days arrived and a judgment was given in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, for the time had come, and the holy ones took possession of the kingdom.
23 "This is what he said: 'The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, different from all the other kingdoms. It will devour the whole earth, trample it down, and crush it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will rise from this kingdom. Another king, different from the previous ones, will rise after them and subdue three kings. 25 He will speak words against the Most High and oppress the holy ones of the Most High. He will intend to change religious festivals and laws, and the holy ones will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half a time. 26 But the court will convene, and his dominion will be taken away, to be completely destroyed forever. 27 The kingdom, dominion, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will serve and obey him.'
28 "This is the end of the account. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts terrified me greatly, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself."

Chapter 8

1 In the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the one that had appeared to me earlier. 2 I saw the vision, and as I watched, I was in the fortress city of Susa, in the province of Elam. I saw in the vision that I was beside the Ulai Canal. 3 I looked up, and there was a ram standing beside the canal. He had two horns. The two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, and the longer one came up last. 4 I saw the ram charging to the west, the north, and the south. No animal could stand against him, and there was no rescue from his power. He did whatever he wanted and became great.
5 As I was observing, a male goat appeared, coming from the west across the surface of the entire earth without touching the ground. The goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. 6 He came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and rushed at him with savage fury. 7 I saw him approaching the ram, and infuriated with him, he struck the ram, breaking his two horns, and the ram was not strong enough to stand against him. The goat threw him to the ground and trampled him, and there was no one to rescue the ram from his power. 8 Then the male goat acted even more arrogantly, but when he became powerful, the large horn was broken. Four conspicuous horns came up in its place, pointing toward the four winds of heaven.
9 From one of them a little horn emerged and grew extensively toward the south and the east and toward the beautiful land. 10 It grew as high as the heavenly army, made some of the army and some of the stars fall to the earth, and trampled them. 11 It acted arrogantly even against the Prince of the heavenly army; it revoked his regular sacrifice and overthrew the place of his sanctuary. 12 In the rebellion, the army was given up, together with the regular sacrifice. The horn threw truth to the ground and was successful in what it did.
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the speaker, "How long will the events of this vision last--the regular sacrifice, the rebellion that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and of the army to be trampled? "
14 He said to me, "For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be restored."
15 While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there stood before me someone who appeared to be a man. 16 I heard a human voice calling from the middle of the Ulai: "Gabriel, explain the vision to this man."
17 So he approached where I was standing; when he came near, I was terrified and fell facedown. "Son of man," he said to me, "understand that the vision refers to the time of the end." 18 While he was speaking to me, I fell into a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me, made me stand up, 19 and said, "I am here to tell you what will happen at the conclusion of the time of wrath, because it refers to the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat represents the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes represents the first king. 22 The four horns that took the place of the broken horn represent four kingdoms. They will rise from that nation, but without its power.
23 Near the end of their kingdoms, when the rebels have reached the full measure of their sin, a ruthless king, skilled in intrigue, will come to the throne. 24 His power will be great, but it will not be his own. He will cause outrageous destruction and succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the powerful along with the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper through his cunning and by his influence, and in his own mind he will exalt himself. He will destroy many in a time of peace; he will even stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be broken--not by human hands. 26 The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true. Now you are to seal up the vision because it refers to many days in the future."
27 I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for days. Then I got up and went about the king's business. I was greatly disturbed by the vision and could not understand it.
New Living Translation

Chapter 3

1 King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue ninety feet tall and nine feet wide and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 Then he sent messages to the high officers, officials, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the provincial officials to come to the dedication of the statue he had set up. 3 So all these officials came and stood before the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4 Then a herald shouted out, 'People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king's command! 5 When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar's gold statue. 6 Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.'
7 So at the sound of the musical instruments, all the people, whatever their race or nation or language, bowed to the ground and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
8 But some of the astrologers went to the king and informed on the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, 'Long live the king! 10 You issued a decree requiring all the people to bow down and worship the gold statue when they hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments. 11 That decree also states that those who refuse to obey must be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews--Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego--whom you have put in charge of the province of Babylon. They pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They refuse to serve your gods and do not worship the gold statue you have set up.'
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought before him. When they were brought in, 14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, 'Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? 15 I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?'
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn't, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.'
19 Nebuchadnezzar was so furious with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face became distorted with rage. He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual. 20 Then he ordered some of the strongest men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So they tied them up and threw them into the furnace, fully dressed in their pants, turbans, robes, and other garments. 22 And because the king, in his anger, had demanded such a hot fire in the furnace, the flames killed the soldiers as they threw the three men in. 23 So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, securely tied, fell into the roaring flames.
24 But suddenly, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, 'Didn't we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?' 'Yes, Your Majesty, we certainly did,' they replied.
25 'Look!' Nebuchadnezzar shouted. 'I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!'
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came as close as he could to the door of the flaming furnace and shouted: 'Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!' So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped out of the fire. 27 Then the high officers, officials, governors, and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn't even smell of smoke!
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, 'Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king's command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!'
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.

Chapter 4

1 King Nebuchadnezzar sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: 'Peace and prosperity to you!
2 'I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the Most High God has performed for me.
3 How great are his signs, how powerful his wonders! His kingdom will last forever, his rule through all generations.
4 'I, Nebuchadnezzar, was living in my palace in comfort and prosperity. 5 But one night I had a dream that frightened me; I saw visions that terrified me as I lay in my bed. 6 So I issued an order calling in all the wise men of Babylon, so they could tell me what my dream meant. 7 When all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers came in, I told them the dream, but they could not tell me what it meant. 8 At last Daniel came in before me, and I told him the dream. (He was named Belteshazzar after my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.)
9 'I said to him, 'Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too great for you to solve. Now tell me what my dream means.
10 ''While I was lying in my bed, this is what I dreamed. I saw a large tree in the middle of the earth. 11 The tree grew very tall and strong, reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see. 12 It had fresh green leaves, and it was loaded with fruit for all to eat. Wild animals lived in its shade, and birds nested in its branches. All the world was fed from this tree.
13 ''Then as I lay there dreaming, I saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven.
14 The messenger shouted, 'Cut down the tree and lop off its branches! Shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit! Chase the wild animals from its shade and the birds from its branches. 15 But leave the stump and the roots in the ground, bound with a band of iron and bronze and surrounded by tender grass. Now let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the wild animals among the plants of the field. 16 For seven periods of time, let him have the mind of a wild animal instead of the mind of a human. 17 For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses--even to the lowliest of people.'
18 ''Belteshazzar, that was the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now tell me what it means, for none of the wise men of my kingdom can do so. But you can tell me because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.'
19 'Upon hearing this, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) was overcome for a time, frightened by the meaning of the dream. Then the king said to him, 'Belteshazzar, don't be alarmed by the dream and what it means.' 'Belteshazzar replied, 'I wish the events foreshadowed in this dream would happen to your enemies, my lord, and not to you! 20 The tree you saw was growing very tall and strong, reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see. 21 It had fresh green leaves and was loaded with fruit for all to eat. Wild animals lived in its shade, and birds nested in its branches. 22 That tree, Your Majesty, is you. For you have grown strong and great; your greatness reaches up to heaven, and your rule to the ends of the earth.
23 ''Then you saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Cut down the tree and destroy it. But leave the stump and the roots in the ground, bound with a band of iron and bronze and surrounded by tender grass. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven. Let him live with the animals of the field for seven periods of time.'
24 ''This is what the dream means, Your Majesty, and what the Most High has declared will happen to my lord the king. 25 You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses. 26 But the stump and roots of the tree were left in the ground. This means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules.
27 ''King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.'
28 'But all these things did happen to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the royal palace in Babylon. 30 As he looked out across the city, he said, 'Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.'
31 'While these words were still in his mouth, a voice called down from heaven, 'O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. 32 You will be driven from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals, and you will eat grass like a cow. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.'
33 'That same hour the judgment was fulfilled, and Nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven. He lived this way until his hair was as long as eagles' feathers and his nails were like birds' claws.
34 'After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. 35 All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, 'What do you mean by doing these things?'
36 'When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.
37 'Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.'

Chapter 5

1 Many years later King Belshazzar gave a great feast for 1,000 of his nobles, and he drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking the wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver cups that his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. He wanted to drink from them with his nobles, his wives, and his concubines. 3 So they brought these gold cups taken from the Temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. 4 While they drank from them they praised their idols made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
5 Suddenly, they saw the fingers of a human hand writing on the plaster wall of the king's palace, near the lampstand. The king himself saw the hand as it wrote, 6 and his face turned pale with fright. His knees knocked together in fear and his legs gave way beneath him.
7 The king shouted for the enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers to be brought before him. He said to these wise men of Babylon, 'Whoever can read this writing and tell me what it means will be dressed in purple robes of royal honor and will have a gold chain placed around his neck. He will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom!'
8 But when all the king's wise men had come in, none of them could read the writing or tell him what it meant. 9 So the king grew even more alarmed, and his face turned pale. His nobles, too, were shaken.
10 But when the queen mother heard what was happening, she hurried to the banquet hall. She said to Belshazzar, 'Long live the king! Don't be so pale and frightened. 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has within him the spirit of the holy gods. During Nebuchadnezzar's reign, this man was found to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, the king--your predecessor King Nebuchadnezzar--made him chief over all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers of Babylon. 12 This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.'
13 So Daniel was brought in before the king. The king asked him, 'Are you Daniel, one of the exiles brought from Judah by my predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar? 14 I have heard that you have the spirit of the gods within you and that you are filled with insight, understanding, and wisdom. 15 My wise men and enchanters have tried to read the words on the wall and tell me their meaning, but they cannot do it. 16 I am told that you can give interpretations and solve difficult problems. If you can read these words and tell me their meaning, you will be clothed in purple robes of royal honor, and you will have a gold chain placed around your neck. You will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.'
17 Daniel answered the king, 'Keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means. 18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, majesty, glory, and honor to your predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar. 19 He made him so great that people of all races and nations and languages trembled before him in fear. He killed those he wanted to kill and spared those he wanted to spare. He honored those he wanted to honor and disgraced those he wanted to disgrace. 20 But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them.
22 'You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself. 23 For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone-- gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny! 24 So God has sent this hand to write this message.
25 'This is the message that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN.
26 This is what these words mean: [Mene] means 'numbered'--God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end. 27 [Tekel] means 'weighed'--you have been weighed on the balances and have not measured up. 28 [Parsin] means 'divided'--your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.'
29 Then at Belshazzar's command, Daniel was dressed in purple robes, a gold chain was hung around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was killed.
31 And Darius the Mede took over the kingdom at the age of sixty-two.

Chapter 6

1 Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province. 2 The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king's interests. 3 Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel's great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.
4 Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn't find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. 5 So they concluded, 'Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.'
6 So the administrators and high officers went to the king and said, 'Long live King Darius! 7 We are all in agreement--we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors--that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human--except to you, Your Majesty--will be thrown into the den of lions. 8 And now, Your Majesty, issue and sign this law so it cannot be changed, an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.' 9 So King Darius signed the law.
10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. 11 Then the officials went together to Daniel's house and found him praying and asking for God's help.
12 So they went straight to the king and reminded him about his law. 'Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human--except to you, Your Majesty--will be thrown into the den of lions?' 'Yes,' the king replied, 'that decision stands; it is an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.'
13 Then they told the king, 'That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is ignoring you and your law. He still prays to his God three times a day.'
14 Hearing this, the king was deeply troubled, and he tried to think of a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament.
15 In the evening the men went together to the king and said, 'Your Majesty, you know that according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, no law that the king signs can be changed.'
16 So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, 'May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.'
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his own royal seal and the seals of his nobles, so that no one could rescue Daniel. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn't sleep at all that night.
19 Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the lions' den. 20 When he got there, he called out in anguish, 'Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?'
21 Daniel answered, 'Long live the king! 22 My God sent his angel to shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.'
23 The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.
24 Then the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. The lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they even hit the floor of the den.
25 Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: 'Peace and prosperity to you!
26 'I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. 27 He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.'
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Chapter 7

1 Earlier, during the first year of King Belshazzar's reign in Babylon, Daniel had a dream and saw visions as he lay in his bed. He wrote down the dream, and this is what he saw.
2 In my vision that night, I, Daniel, saw a great storm churning the surface of a great sea, with strong winds blowing from every direction. 3 Then four huge beasts came up out of the water, each different from the others.
4 The first beast was like a lion with eagles' wings. As I watched, its wings were pulled off, and it was left standing with its two hind feet on the ground, like a human being. And it was given a human mind.
5 Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, 'Get up! Devour the flesh of many people!'
6 Then the third of these strange beasts appeared, and it looked like a leopard. It had four bird's wings on its back, and it had four heads. Great authority was given to this beast.
7 Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast--terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns.
8 As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.
9 I watched as thrones were put in place and the Ancient One sat down to judge. His clothing was as white as snow, his hair like purest wool. He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire, 10 and a river of fire was pouring out, flowing from his presence. Millions of angels ministered to him; many millions stood to attend him. Then the court began its session, and the books were opened.
11 I continued to watch because I could hear the little horn's boastful speech. I kept watching until the fourth beast was killed and its body was destroyed by fire. 12 The other three beasts had their authority taken from them, but they were allowed to live a while longer.
13 As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal--it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed.
15 I, Daniel, was troubled by all I had seen, and my visions terrified me. 16 So I approached one of those standing beside the throne and asked him what it all meant. He explained it to me like this: 17 'These four huge beasts represent four kingdoms that will arise from the earth. 18 But in the end, the holy people of the Most High will be given the kingdom, and they will rule forever and ever.'
19 Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, the one so different from the others and so terrifying. It had devoured and crushed its victims with iron teeth and bronze claws, trampling their remains beneath its feet. 20 I also asked about the ten horns on the fourth beast's head and the little horn that came up afterward and destroyed three of the other horns. This horn had seemed greater than the others, and it had human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly. 21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against God's holy people and was defeating them, 22 until the Ancient One--the Most High--came and judged in favor of his holy people. Then the time arrived for the holy people to take over the kingdom.
23 Then he said to me, 'This fourth beast is the fourth world power that will rule the earth. It will be different from all the others. It will devour the whole world, trampling and crushing everything in its path. 24 Its ten horns are ten kings who will rule that empire. Then another king will arise, different from the other ten, who will subdue three of them. 25 He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.
26 'But then the court will pass judgment, and all his power will be taken away and completely destroyed. 27 Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will last forever, and all rulers will serve and obey him.'
28 That was the end of the vision. I, Daniel, was terrified by my thoughts and my face was pale with fear, but I kept these things to myself.

Chapter 8

1 During the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, I, Daniel, saw another vision, following the one that had already appeared to me. 2 In this vision I was at the fortress of Susa, in the province of Elam, standing beside the Ulai River.
3 As I looked up, I saw a ram with two long horns standing beside the river. One of the horns was longer than the other, even though it had grown later than the other one. 4 The ram butted everything out of his way to the west, to the north, and to the south, and no one could stand against him or help his victims. He did as he pleased and became very great.
5 While I was watching, suddenly a male goat appeared from the west, crossing the land so swiftly that he didn't even touch the ground. This goat, which had one very large horn between its eyes, 6 headed toward the two-horned ram that I had seen standing beside the river, rushing at him in a rage. 7 The goat charged furiously at the ram and struck him, breaking off both his horns. Now the ram was helpless, and the goat knocked him down and trampled him. No one could rescue the ram from the goat's power.
8 The goat became very powerful. But at the height of his power, his large horn was broken off. In the large horn's place grew four prominent horns pointing in the four directions of the earth. 9 Then from one of the prominent horns came a small horn whose power grew very great. It extended toward the south and the east and toward the glorious land of Israel. 10 Its power reached to the heavens, where it attacked the heavenly army, throwing some of the heavenly beings and some of the stars to the ground and trampling them. 11 It even challenged the Commander of heaven's army by canceling the daily sacrifices offered to him and by destroying his Temple. 12 The army of heaven was restrained from responding to this rebellion. So the daily sacrifice was halted, and truth was overthrown. The horn succeeded in everything it did.
13 Then I heard two holy ones talking to each other. One of them asked, 'How long will the events of this vision last? How long will the rebellion that causes desecration stop the daily sacrifices? How long will the Temple and heaven's army be trampled on?'
14 The other replied, 'It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the Temple will be made right again.'
15 As I, Daniel, was trying to understand the meaning of this vision, someone who looked like a man stood in front of me. 16 And I heard a human voice calling out from the Ulai River, 'Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of his vision.'
17 As Gabriel approached the place where I was standing, I became so terrified that I fell with my face to the ground. 'Son of man,' he said, 'you must understand that the events you have seen in your vision relate to the time of the end.'
18 While he was speaking, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground. But Gabriel roused me with a touch and helped me to my feet.
19 Then he said, 'I am here to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath. What you have seen pertains to the very end of time. 20 The two-horned ram represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy male goat represents the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes represents the first king of the Greek Empire. 22 The four prominent horns that replaced the one large horn show that the Greek Empire will break into four kingdoms, but none as great as the first.
23 'At the end of their rule, when their sin is at its height, a fierce king, a master of intrigue, will rise to power. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. 25 He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning. He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle, but he will be broken, though not by human power.
26 'This vision about the 2,300 evenings and mornings is true. But none of these things will happen for a long time, so keep this vision a secret.'
27 Then I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for several days. Afterward I got up and performed my duties for the king, but I was greatly troubled by the vision and could not understand it.
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Chapter 3

1 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3 Then the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” 7 Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. 9 They declared to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image. 11 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. 22 Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Chapter 4

1 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! 2 It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.
3 How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation. 4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace. 5 I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me. 6 So I made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. 7 Then the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, but they could not make known to me its interpretation. 8 At last Daniel came in before me—he who was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods—and I told him the dream, saying, 9 “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficult for you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation. 10 The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. 11 The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. 12 Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.
13 “I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven. 14 He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches. 15 But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. 16 Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him. 17 The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’ 18 This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”
19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies! 20 The tree you saw, which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth, 21 whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches the birds of the heavens lived— 22 it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth. 23 And because the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field, and let him be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven periods of time pass over him,’ 24 this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king, 25 that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. 26 And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”
28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” 31 While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” 33 Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.
34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” 36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Chapter 5

1 King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand.
2 Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. 3 Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. 4 They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
5 Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote. 6 Then the king’s color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. 7 The king called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king declared to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed.
10 The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall, and the queen declared, “O king, live forever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change. 11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king—made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, 12 because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”
13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king answered and said to Daniel, “You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom the king my father brought from Judah. 14 I have heard of you that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you. 15 Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter. 16 But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.”
17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation. 18 O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty. 19 And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled. 20 But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. 21 He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will. 22 And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23 but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.
24 “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; 28 PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. 31 And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.

Chapter 6

1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; 2 and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. 3 Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
6 Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! 7 All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 9 Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.
10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. 11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. 12 Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 13 Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”
16 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” 17 And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
19 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” 23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. 26 I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” 28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Chapter 7

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. 2 Daniel declared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. 4 The first was like a lion and had eagles’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it. 5 And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’ 6 After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different 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 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 great things.
9 “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. 11 “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. 15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me. 16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things. 17 ‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’
19 “Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, 20 and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions. 21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom.
23 “Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. 25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 26 But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end. 27 And 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 shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’ 28 “Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.”

Chapter 8

1 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. 2 And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the citadel, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulai canal. 3 I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the canal. It had two horns, and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. 4 I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. No beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.
5 As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west across the face of the whole earth, without touching the ground. And the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. 6 He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen standing on the bank of the canal, and he ran at him in his powerful wrath. 7 I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns. And the ram had no power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled on him. And there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power. 8 Then the goat became exceedingly great, but when he was strong, the great horn was broken, and instead of it there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.
9 Out of one of them came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the glorious land. 10 It grew great, even to the host of heaven. And some of the host and some of the stars it threw down to the ground and trampled on them. 11 It became great, even as great as the Prince of the host. And the regular burnt offering was taken away from him, and the place of his sanctuary was overthrown. 12 And a host will be given over to it together with the regular burnt offering because of transgression, and it will throw truth to the ground, and it will act and prosper. 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one who spoke, “For how long is the vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?” 14 And he said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.”
15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it. And behold, there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” 17 So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.”
18 And when he had spoken to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground. But he touched me and made me stand up. 19 He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end. 20 As for the ram that you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king. 22 As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power. 23 And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise. 24 His power shall be great—but not by his own power; and he shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and the people who are the saints. 25 By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall become great. Without warning he shall destroy many. And he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes, and he shall be broken—but by no human hand. 26 The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true, but seal up the vision, for it refers to many days from now.”
27 And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king’s business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it.
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Chapter 3

1 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.
4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, 'Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.'
7 Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
8 At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, 'May the king live forever! 10 Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, 11 and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon--Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego--who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.'
13 Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, 14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, 'Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?"
16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, 'King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.'
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king's command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, 'Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?' They replied, 'Certainly, Your Majesty.'
25 He said, 'Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.'
26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, 'Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!' So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, 'Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.'
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Chapter 4

1 King Nebuchadnezzar, To the nations and peoples of every language, who live in all the earth: May you prosper greatly!
2 It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.
3 How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.
4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. 5 I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me. 6 So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret the dream for me. 7 When the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners came, I told them the dream, but they could not interpret it for me. 8 Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.)
9 I said, 'Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me. 10 These are the visions I saw while lying in bed: I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous. 11 The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. 12 Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the wild animals found shelter, and the birds lived in its branches; from it every creature was fed.
13 In the visions I saw while lying in bed, I looked, and there before me was a holy one, a messenger, coming down from heaven. 14 He called in a loud voice: 'Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches.
15 But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field. ''Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth. 16 Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven times pass by for him.
17 'The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.'
18 This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.'
19 Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him. So the king said, 'Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.' Belteshazzar answered, 'My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries! 20 The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth, 21 with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the wild animals, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds-- 22 Your Majesty, you are that tree! You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth.
23 Your Majesty saw a holy one, a messenger, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live like the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.'
24 This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree the Most High has issued against my lord the king: 25 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes. 26 The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules. 27 Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.'
28 All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, 'Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?'
31 Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, 'This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.'
33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.
34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. 35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: 'What have you done?'
36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Chapter 5

1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 3 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. 4 As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. 6 His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.
7 The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, 'Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom."
8 Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. 9 So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.
10 The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. 'May the king live forever!' she said. 'Don't be alarmed! Don't look so pale! 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. 12 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means."
13 So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, 'Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. 15 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it. 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom."
17 Then Daniel answered the king, 'You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.
18 Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. 19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.
22 But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
25 This is the inscription that was written: mene, mene, tekel, parsin
26 Here is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. 28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.'
29 Then at Belshazzar's command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain, 31 and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.

Chapter 6

1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, 'We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.'
6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: 'May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions' den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered--in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.' 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.
10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.
12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: 'Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions' den?' The king answered, "The decree stands--in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.'
13 Then they said to the king, 'Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.' 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.
15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, 'Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.'
16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel, 'May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!'
17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions' den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, 'Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?'
21 Daniel answered, 'May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.'
23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
24 At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: 'May you prosper greatly!
26 I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. 'For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.'
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Chapter 7

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.
2 Daniel said: 'In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. 3 Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.
4 The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.
5 And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, 'Get up and eat your fill of flesh!'
6 After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.
7 After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast--terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
8 While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
9 As I looked, 'thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. 10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
11 Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)
13 In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
15 I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.
16 I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this. 'So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: 17 The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth. 18 But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever--yes, for ever and ever.'
19 Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws--the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell--the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. 21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
23 He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.
26 'But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.'
28 This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself.'

Chapter 8

1 In the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. 2 In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal. 3 I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. 4 I watched the ram as it charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against it, and none could rescue from its power. It did as it pleased and became great.
5 As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. 6 It came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at it in great rage. 7 I saw it attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering its two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against it; the goat knocked it to the ground and trampled on it, and none could rescue the ram from its power. 8 The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven.
9 Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. 11 It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the LORD; it took away the daily sacrifice from the LORD, and his sanctuary was thrown down. 12 Because of rebellion, the LORD's people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, 'How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled--the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and the trampling underfoot of the LORD's people?'
14 He said to me, 'It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.'
15 While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard a man's voice from the Ulai calling, 'Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.'
17 As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. 'Son of man,' he said to me, 'understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.'
18 While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.
19 He said: 'I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king. 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.
23 In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.
26 The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.'
27 I, Daniel, was worn out. I lay exhausted for several days. Then I got up and went about the king's business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.
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Chapter 3

1 El rey Nabucodonosor hizo una estatua de oro cuya altura era de sesenta codos y su anchura de seis codos; la levantó en el llano de Dura, en la provincia de Babilonia. 2 Y el rey Nabucodonosor mandó reunir a los sátrapas, prefectos y gobernadores, los consejeros, tesoreros, jueces, magistrados y todos los gobernantes de las provincias para que vinieran a la dedicación de la estatua que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado. 3 Entonces se reunieron los sátrapas, prefectos y gobernadores, los consejeros, tesoreros, jueces, magistrados y todos los gobernantes de las provincias para la dedicación de la estatua que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado; y todos estaban de pie delante de la estatua que Nabucodonosor había levantado. 4 Y el heraldo proclamó con fuerza: Se os ordena a vosotros, pueblos, naciones y lenguas, 5 que en el momento en que oigáis el sonido del cuerno, la flauta, la lira, el arpa, el salterio, la gaita y toda clase de música, os postréis y adoréis la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor ha levantado ; 6 pero el que no se postre y adore, será echado inmediatamente en un horno de fuego ardiente. 7 Por tanto, en el momento en que todos los pueblos oyeron el sonido del cuerno, la flauta, la lira, el arpa, el salterio, la gaita y toda clase de música, todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas se postraron y adoraron la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado.
8 Sin embargo en aquel tiempo algunos caldeos se presentaron y acusaron a los judíos. 9 Hablaron y dijeron al rey Nabucodonosor: ¡Oh rey, vive para siempre ! 10 Tú, oh rey, has proclamado un decreto de que todo hombre que oiga el sonido del cuerno, la flauta, la lira, el arpa, el salterio, la gaita y toda clase de música, se postre y adore la estatua de oro, 11 y el que no se postre y adore, será echado en un horno de fuego ardiente. 12 Pero hay algunos judíos a quienes has puesto sobre la administración de la provincia de Babilonia, es decir, Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, y estos hombres, oh rey, no te hacen caso; no sirven a tus dioses ni adoran la estatua de oro que has levantado.
13 Entonces Nabucodonosor, enojado y furioso, dio orden de traer a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego; estos hombres, pues, fueron conducidos ante el rey. 14 Habló Nabucodonosor y les dijo: ¿Es verdad Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego que no servís a mis dioses ni adoráis la estatua de oro que he levantado ? 15 ¿Estáis dispuestos ahora, para que cuando oigáis el sonido del cuerno, la flauta, la lira, el arpa, el salterio, la gaita y toda clase de música, os postréis y adoréis la estatua que he hecho ? Porque si no la adoráis, inmediatamente seréis echados en un horno de fuego ardiente ; ¿y qué dios será el que os libre de mis manos ? 16 Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego respondieron y dijeron al rey Nabucodonosor: No necesitamos darte una respuesta acerca de este asunto. 17 Ciertamente nuestro Dios a quien servimos puede librarnos del horno de fuego ardiente; y de tu mano, oh rey, nos librará. 18 Pero si no lo hace, has de saber, oh rey, que no serviremos a tus dioses ni adoraremos la estatua de oro que has levantado.
19 Entonces Nabucodonosor se llenó de furor, y demudó su semblante contra Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego. Respondió ordenando que se calentara el horno siete veces más de lo que se acostumbraba calentar. 20 Y mandó que algunos valientes guerreros de su ejército ataran a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, y los echaran en el horno de fuego ardiente. 21 Entonces estos hombres fueron atados y arrojados con sus mantos, sus túnicas, sus gorros y sus otras ropas en el horno de fuego ardiente. 22 Como la orden del rey era apremiante y el horno había sido calentado excesivamente, la llama del fuego mató a los que habían alzado a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego. 23 Pero estos tres hombres, Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego cayeron, atados, en medio del horno de fuego ardiente.
24 Entonces el rey Nabucodonosor se espantó, y levantándose apresuradamente preguntó a sus altos oficiales: ¿No eran tres los hombres que echamos atados en medio del fuego? Ellos respondieron y dijeron al rey: Ciertamente, oh rey. 25 El rey respondió y dijo: ¡Mirad! Veo a cuatro hombres sueltos que se pasean en medio del fuego sin sufrir daño alguno, y el aspecto del cuarto es semejante al de un hijo de los dioses. 26 Entonces Nabucodonosor se acercó a la puerta del horno de fuego ardiente y dijo: Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, siervos del Dios Altísimo, salid y venid acá. Entonces Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego salieron de en medio del fuego. 27 Y los sátrapas, los prefectos, los gobernadores y los altos oficiales del rey se reunieron para ver a estos hombres, cómo el fuego no había tenido efecto alguno sobre sus cuerpos, ni el cabello de sus cabezas se había chamuscado, ni sus mantos habían sufrido daño alguno, ni aun olor del fuego había quedado en ellos.
28 Habló Nabucodonosor y dijo: Bendito sea el Dios de Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego que ha enviado a su ángel y ha librado a sus siervos que, confiando en El, desobedecieron la orden del rey y entregaron sus cuerpos antes de servir y adorar a ningún otro dios excepto a su Dios. 29 Por tanto, proclamo un decreto de que todo pueblo, nación o lengua que diga blasfemia contra el Dios de Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego sea descuartizado y sus casas reducidas a escombros, ya que no hay otro dios que pueda librar de esta manera. 30 Entonces el rey hizo prosperar a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego en la provincia de Babilonia.

Chapter 4

1 Nabucodonosor, rey, a todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas que habitan en toda la tierra: Que abunde vuestra paz. 2 Me ha parecido bien declarar las señales y maravillas que ha hecho conmigo el Dios Altísimo.
3 ¡Cuán grandes son sus señales, y cuán poderosas sus maravillas ! Su reino es un reino eterno, y su dominio de generación en generación.
4 Yo, Nabucodonosor, estaba tranquilo en mi casa y próspero en mi palacio. 5 Tuve un sueño que me hizo temblar ; y estas fantasías, estando en mi cama, y las visiones de mi mente me aterraron. 6 Por lo cual di órdenes que trajeran ante mí a todos los sabios de Babilonia para que me dieran a conocer la interpretación del sueño. 7 Entonces vinieron los magos, los encantadores, los caldeos y los adivinos y les conté el sueño; pero no pudieron darme su interpretación. 8 Pero al fin vino ante mí Daniel, cuyo nombre es Beltsasar, como el nombre de mi dios, en quien está el espíritu de los dioses santos, y yo le conté el sueño, diciendo: 9 “Oh Beltsasar, jefe de los magos, ya que sé que en ti está el espíritu de los dioses santos y que ningún misterio te confunde, declárame las visiones del sueño que he visto, y su interpretación.
10 “Y las visiones de mi mente, que vi estando en mi cama, fueron así: Vi un árbol en medio de la tierra, cuya altura era muy grande. 11 “El árbol creció y se hizo fuerte, su copa llegaba hasta el cielo, y era visible desde los confines de la tierra. 12 “Su follaje era hermoso y su fruto abundante, y en él había alimento para todos. Debajo de él hallaban sombra las bestias del campo, las aves del cielo hacían morada en sus ramas, y de él se alimentaban todos los seres vivientes.
13 “En las visiones de mi mente que vi estando en mi cama, he aquí, un vigilante, un santo, descendió del cielo.
14 “Clamando fuertemente, dijo así: ‘Derribad el árbol, cortad sus ramas, arrancad su follaje, desparramad su fruto; huyan las bestias que están debajo de él, y las aves de sus ramas. 15 ‘Pero dejad en tierra el tocón con sus raíces, con ataduras de hierro y bronce entre la hierba del campo; que se empape con el rocío del cielo, y comparta con las bestias la hierba de la tierra. 16 ‘Sea cambiado su corazón de hombre, y séale dado corazón de bestia, y pasen sobre él siete tiempos. 17 ‘Esta sentencia es por decreto de los vigilantes, y la orden es por decisión de los santos, con el fin de que sepan los vivientes que el Altísimo domina sobre el reino de los hombres, y se lo da a quien le place, y pone sobre él al más humilde de los hombres.’
18 “Este es el sueño que yo, el rey Nabucodonosor, he tenido. Y tú, Beltsasar, dime su interpretación, ya que ninguno de los sabios de mi reino ha podido darme a conocer su interpretación ; pero tú puedes, porque el espíritu de los dioses santos está en ti.”
19 Entonces Daniel, a quien llamaban Beltsasar, se quedó atónito por un momento, y le turbaron sus pensamientos. El rey habló, y dijo: “Beltsasar, no dejes que el sueño ni su interpretación te turben.” Beltsasar respondió, y dijo: “Señor mío ; sea el sueño para los que te odian, y su interpretación para tus adversarios. 20 “El árbol que viste, que se hizo fuerte y corpulento, cuya copa llegaba hasta el cielo y que era visible en toda la tierra, 21 y cuyo follaje era hermoso y su fruto abundante, y en el que había alimento para todos, debajo del cual moraban las bestias del campo y en cuyas ramas anidaban las aves del cielo, 22 eres tú, oh rey, que te has hecho grande y fuerte, y tu grandeza ha crecido y ha llegado hasta el cielo, y tu dominio hasta los confines de la tierra. 23 “Y en cuanto al vigilante, al santo que el rey vio, que descendía del cielo y decía: ‘Derribad el árbol y destruidlo, pero dejad el tocón con sus raíces en la tierra, con ataduras de hierro y bronce en la hierba del campo, y que se empape con el rocío del cielo, y que comparta con las bestias del campo, hasta que pasen sobre él siete tiempos,’ 24 esta es la interpretación, oh rey, y este es el decreto del Altísimo que ha venido sobre mi señor el rey : 25 Serás echado de entre los hombres, y tu morada estará con las bestias del campo, y te darán hierba para comer como al ganado, y serás empapado con el rocío del cielo; y siete tiempos pasarán sobre ti, hasta que reconozcas que el Altísimo domina sobre el reino de los hombres y que lo da a quien le place. 26 “Y en cuanto a la orden de dejar el tocón con las raíces del árbol, tu reino te será afirmado después que reconozcas que es el Cielo el que gobierna. 27 “Por tanto, oh rey, que mi consejo te sea grato : pon fin a tus pecados haciendo justicia, y a tus iniquidades mostrando misericordia a los pobres ; quizás sea prolongada tu prosperidad.”
28 Todo esto le sucedió al rey Nabucodonosor. 29 Doce meses después, paseándose por la azotea del palacio real de Babilonia, 30 el rey reflexionó, y dijo: “¿No es ésta la gran Babilonia que yo he edificado como residencia real con la fuerza de mi poder y para gloria de mi majestad ?” 31 Aún estaba la palabra en la boca del rey, cuando una voz vino del cielo: “Rey Nabucodonosor, a ti se te declara: El reino te ha sido quitado, 32 y serás echado de entre los hombres, y tu morada estará con las bestias del campo; te darán hierba para comer como al ganado, y siete tiempos pasarán sobre ti, hasta que reconozcas que el Altísimo domina sobre el reino de los hombres, y que lo da a quien le place.” 33 En aquel mismo instante se cumplió la palabra acerca de Nabucodonosor: fue echado de entre los hombres, comía hierba como el ganado y su cuerpo se empapó con el rocío del cielo hasta que sus cabellos crecieron como las plumas de las águilas y sus uñas como las de las aves.
34 Pero al fin de los días, yo, Nabucodonosor, alcé mis ojos al cielo, y recobré mi razón, y bendije al Altísimo y alabé y glorifiqué al que vive para siempre; porque su dominio es un dominio eterno, y su reino permanece de generación en generación. 35 Y todos los habitantes de la tierra son considerados como nada, mas El actúa conforme a su voluntad en el ejército del cielo y entre los habitantes de la tierra ; nadie puede detener su mano, ni decirle: “¿Qué has hecho ?”
36 En ese momento recobré mi razón. Y mi majestad y mi esplendor me fueron devueltos para gloria de mi reino, y mis consejeros y mis nobles vinieron a buscarme; y fui restablecido en mi reino, y mayor grandeza me fue añadida. 37 Ahora yo, Nabucodonosor, alabo, ensalzo y glorifico al Rey del cielo, porque sus obras son todas verdaderas y justos sus caminos ; El puede humillar a los que caminan con soberbia.

Chapter 5

1 El rey Belsasar dio un gran banquete a mil de sus nobles, y en presencia de los mil se puso a beber vino. 2 Mientras saboreaba el vino, Belsasar ordenó traer los vasos de oro y plata que Nabucodonosor su padre había sacado del templo que estaba en Jerusalén, para que bebieran en ellos el rey y sus nobles, sus mujeres y sus concubinas. 3 Entonces trajeron los vasos de oro que habían sido sacados del templo, la casa de Dios que estaba en Jerusalén, y el rey y sus nobles, sus mujeres y sus concubinas bebieron en ellos. 4 Bebieron vino y alabaron a los dioses de oro y plata, de bronce, hierro, madera y piedra.
5 De pronto aparecieron los dedos de una mano humana y comenzaron a escribir frente al candelabro sobre lo encalado de la pared del palacio del rey, y el rey vio el dorso de la mano que escribía. 6 Entonces el rostro del rey palideció, y sus pensamientos lo turbaron, las coyunturas de sus caderas se le relajaron y sus rodillas comenzaron a chocar una contra otra. 7 El rey gritó fuertemente que trajeran a los encantadores, a los caldeos y a los adivinos. El rey habló, y dijo a los sabios de Babilonia: Cualquiera que pueda leer esta inscripción y declararme su interpretación, será vestido de púrpura, llevará un collar de oro al cuello y tendrá autoridad como tercero en el reino. 8 Entonces entraron todos los sabios del rey, pero no pudieron leer la inscripción ni dar a conocer al rey su interpretación. 9 Y el rey Belsasar se turbó en gran manera, su rostro palideció aún más ; también sus nobles quedaron perplejos.
10 La reina, al enterarse de las palabras del rey y de sus nobles, entró en la sala del banquete y tomando la palabra, dijo: ¡Oh rey, vive para siempre ! No te turben tus pensamientos ni se mude tu semblante. 11 Hay un hombre en tu reino en quien está el espíritu de los dioses santos ; y en los días de tu padre se halló en él luz, inteligencia y sabiduría como la sabiduría de los dioses. Y tu padre, el rey Nabucodonosor, tu padre el rey, lo nombró jefe de los magos, encantadores, caldeos y adivinos, 12 debido a que se halló un espíritu extraordinario, conocimiento e inteligencia, interpretación de sueños, explicación de enigmas y solución de problemas difíciles en este hombre, Daniel, a quien el rey llamaba Beltsasar. Llámese, pues ahora, a Daniel, y él declarará la interpretación.
13 Entonces Daniel fue traído ante el rey. El rey habló y dijo a Daniel: ¿Eres tú aquel Daniel de los deportados de Judá, que el rey mi padre trajo de Judá ? 14 He oído de ti que el espíritu de los dioses está en ti, y que luz, inteligencia y extraordinaria sabiduría se hallan en ti. 15 Ahora mismo los sabios y encantadores fueron traídos delante de mí para que leyeran esta inscripción y me dieran a conocer su interpretación, pero no pudieron declarar la interpretación del escrito. 16 Mas yo he oído decir de ti que puedes dar interpretaciones y resolver problemas difíciles. Ahora, si puedes leer la inscripción y darme a conocer su interpretación, serás vestido de púrpura y llevarás un collar de oro al cuello, y tendrás autoridad como tercero en el reino.
17 Entonces Daniel respondió, y dijo delante del rey: Sean para ti tus regalos y da tus recompensas a otro. Yo leeré, sin embargo, la inscripción al rey y le daré a conocer su interpretación. 18 Oh rey, el Dios Altísimo concedió a tu padre Nabucodonosor soberanía, grandeza, gloria y majestad. 19 Y a causa de la grandeza que El le concedió, todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas temían y temblaban delante de él; a quien quería, mataba, y a quien quería, dejaba con vida; exaltaba a quien quería, y a quien quería humillaba. 20 Pero cuando su corazón se enalteció y su espíritu se endureció en su arrogancia, fue depuesto de su trono real y su gloria le fue quitada. 21 Y fue echado de entre los hombres, su corazón se hizo semejante al de las bestias y con los asnos monteses tuvo su morada. Se le dio a comer hierba como al ganado y su cuerpo se empapó con el rocío del cielo, hasta que reconoció que el Dios Altísimo domina sobre el reino de los hombres y que pone sobre él a quien le place. 22 Mas tú, su hijo Belsasar, no has humillado tu corazón aunque sabías todo esto, 23 sino que te has ensalzado contra el Señor del cielo ; y han traído delante de ti los vasos de su templo, y tú y tus nobles, tus mujeres y tus concubinas, habéis estado bebiendo vino en ellos y habéis alabado a los dioses de plata y oro, de bronce, hierro, madera y piedra, que ni ven, ni oyen, ni entienden ; pero al Dios que tiene en su mano tu propio aliento y es dueño de todos tus caminos, no has glorificado; 24 por lo cual El envió de su presencia la mano que trazó esta inscripción.
25 Y ésta es la inscripción que fue trazada: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UFARSIN. 26 Esta es la interpretación del escrito : MENE: Dios ha contado tu reino y le ha puesto fin. 27 TEKEL: has sido pesado en la balanza y hallado falto de peso. 28 PERES: tu reino ha sido dividido y entregado a los medos y persas.
29 Entonces Belsasar ordenó que vistieran a Daniel de púrpura y le pusieran un collar de oro al cuello, y que proclamaran acerca de él, que él tenía ahora autoridad como tercero en el reino.
30 Aquella misma noche fue asesinado Belsasar, rey de los caldeos. 31 Y Darío el medo recibió el reino cuando tenía sesenta y dos años.

Chapter 6

1 Le pareció bien a Darío constituir sobre el reino ciento veinte sátrapas que gobernaran en todo el reino, 2 y sobre ellos, tres funcionarios (uno de los cuales era Daniel ) a quienes estos sátrapas rindieran cuenta, para que el rey no fuera perjudicado. 3 Pero este mismo Daniel sobresalía entre los funcionarios y sátrapas porque había en él un espíritu extraordinario, de modo que el rey pensó ponerlo sobre todo el reino. 4 Entonces los funcionarios y sátrapas buscaron un motivo para acusar a Daniel con respecto a los asuntos del reino; pero no pudieron encontrar ningún motivo de acusación ni evidencia alguna de corrupción, por cuanto él era fiel, y ninguna negligencia ni corrupción podía hallarse en él. 5 Entonces estos hombres dijeron: No encontraremos ningún motivo de acusación contra este Daniel a menos que encontremos algo contra él en relación con la ley de su Dios. 6 Estos funcionarios y sátrapas, de común acuerdo, fueron entonces al rey y le dijeron así: ¡Rey Darío, vive para siempre ! 7 Todos los funcionarios del reino, prefectos, sátrapas, altos oficiales y gobernadores, han acordado que el rey promulgue un edicto y ponga en vigor el mandato de que cualquiera que en el término de treinta días haga petición a cualquier dios u hombre fuera de ti, oh rey, sea echado en el foso de los leones. 8 Ahora pues, oh rey, promulga el mandato y firma el documento para que no sea modificado, conforme a la ley de los medos y persas, que no puede ser revocada. 9 Por tanto, el rey Darío firmó el documento, esto es, el mandato.
10 Cuando Daniel supo que había sido firmado el documento, entró en su casa (en su aposento superior tenía ventanas abiertas en dirección a Jerusalén ), y como lo solía hacer antes, continuó arrodillándose tres veces al día, orando y dando gracias delante de su Dios. 11 Entonces estos hombres, de común acuerdo, fueron y encontraron a Daniel orando y suplicando delante de su Dios ; 12 por lo cual se presentaron ante el rey y le hablaron tocante al mandato real: ¿No firmaste un mandato que cualquier hombre que en el término de treinta días hiciera petición a cualquier dios u hombre fuera de ti, oh rey, fuera echado en el foso de los leones? El rey respondió, y dijo: La orden es cierta, conforme a la ley de los medos y persas, que no puede ser revocada. 13 Entonces ellos respondieron y dijeron al rey: Daniel, que es uno de los deportados de Judá, no te hace caso, oh rey, ni del mandato que firmaste, sino que tres veces al día hace su oración. 14 Al oír estas palabras, el rey se afligió mucho y se propuso librar a Daniel; y hasta la puesta del sol estuvo buscando la manera de librarlo. 15 Entonces aquellos hombres vinieron de común acuerdo al rey y le dijeron : Reconoce, oh rey, que es ley de los medos y persas que ningún mandato o edicto que el rey establezca, puede ser revocado.
16 El rey entonces dio órdenes que trajeran a Daniel y lo echaran en el foso de los leones. El rey habló a Daniel y le dijo: Tu Dios, a quien sirves con perseverancia, El te librará. 17 Trajeron una piedra y la pusieron sobre la boca del foso; el rey la selló con su anillo y con los anillos de sus nobles, para que nada pudiera cambiarse de lo ordenado en cuanto a Daniel. 18 Después el rey se fue a su palacio y pasó la noche en ayuno ; ningún entretenimiento fue traído ante él y se le fue el sueño.
19 Entonces el rey se levantó al amanecer, al rayar el alba, y fue a toda prisa al foso de los leones. 20 Y acercándose al foso, gritó a Daniel con voz angustiada. El rey habló a Daniel y le dijo: Daniel, siervo del Dios viviente, tu Dios, a quien sirves con perseverancia, ¿te ha podido librar de los leones ? 21 Entonces Daniel respondió al rey: Oh rey, vive para siempre. 22 Mi Dios envió su ángel, que cerró la boca de los leones, y no me han hecho daño alguno porque fui hallado inocente ante El; y tampoco ante ti, oh rey, he cometido crimen alguno. 23 El rey entonces se alegró mucho y mandó sacar a Daniel del foso. Cuando Daniel fue sacado del foso, no se encontró en él lesión alguna, porque había confiado en su Dios. 24 El rey dio órdenes que trajeran a aquellos hombres que habían acusado falsamente a Daniel, y que los echaran, a ellos, a sus hijos y a sus mujeres en el foso de los leones. No habían llegado aún al fondo del foso, cuando ya los leones se habían apoderado de ellos y triturado todos sus huesos.
25 Entonces el rey Darío escribió a todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas que habitaban en toda la tierra : Que abunde vuestra paz.
26 De parte mía se proclama un decreto de que en todo el dominio de mi reino todos teman y tiemblen delante del Dios de Daniel, porque El es el Dios viviente que permanece para siempre, y su reino no será destruido y su dominio durará para siempre. 27 El es el que libra y rescata, hace señales y maravillas en el cielo y en la tierra, el que ha librado a Daniel del poder de los leones.
28 Y este mismo Daniel prosperó durante el reinado de Darío y durante el reinado de Ciro el Persa.

Chapter 7

1 En el año primero del rey Belsasar de Babilonia, Daniel tuvo un sueño y visiones en su mente, estando en su cama. Entonces escribió el sueño y relató el resumen de él. 2 Habló Daniel, y dijo: Miraba yo en mi visión nocturna, y he aquí, los cuatro vientos del cielo agitaban el gran mar ; 3 y cuatro bestias enormes, diferentes unas de otras, subían del mar. 4 La primera era como un león y tenía alas de águila. Mientras yo miraba, sus alas le fueron arrancadas, fue levantada del suelo y puesta sobre dos pies, como un hombre, y le fue dado corazón de hombre. 5 Y he aquí, otra segunda bestia, semejante a un oso, estaba levantada de un costado, y en su boca, entre sus dientes, tenía tres costillas; y le dijeron así: “Levántate, y devora mucha carne.” 6 Después de esto seguí mirando, y he aquí, otra más, semejante a un leopardo que tenía sobre su dorso cuatro alas de ave; la bestia tenía cuatro cabezas, y le fue dado dominio. 7 Después de esto seguí mirando en las visiones nocturnas, y he aquí, una cuarta bestia, terrible, espantosa y en gran manera fuerte que tenía enormes dientes de hierro; devoraba, desmenuzaba y hollaba los restos con sus pies. Era diferente de todas las bestias que le antecedieron y tenía diez cuernos. 8 Mientras yo contemplaba los cuernos, he aquí, otro cuerno, uno pequeño, surgió entre ellos, y tres de los primeros cuernos fueron arrancados delante de él; y he aquí, este cuerno tenía ojos como los ojos de un hombre, y una boca que hablaba con mucha arrogancia.
9 Seguí mirando hasta que se establecieron tronos, y el Anciano de Días se sentó. Su vestidura era blanca como la nieve, y el cabello de su cabeza como lana pura, su trono, llamas de fuego, y sus ruedas, fuego abrasador. 10 Un río de fuego corría, saliendo de delante de El. Miles de millares le servían, y miríadas de miríadas estaban en pie delante de El. El tribunal se sentó, y se abrieron los libros.
11 Entonces yo seguí mirando a causa del ruido de las palabras arrogantes que el cuerno decía; seguí mirando hasta que mataron a la bestia, destrozaron su cuerpo y lo echaron a las llamas del fuego. 12 A las demás bestias, se les quitó el dominio, pero les fue concedida una prolongación de la vida por un tiempo determinado.
13 Seguí mirando en las visiones nocturnas, y he aquí, con las nubes del cielo venía uno como un Hijo de Hombre, que se dirigió al Anciano de Días y fue presentado ante El. 14 Y le fue dado dominio, gloria y reino, para que todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas le sirvieran. Su dominio es un dominio eterno que nunca pasará, y su reino uno que no será destruido.
15 A mí, Daniel, se me angustió por dentro el espíritu, y las visiones de mi mente seguían turbándome. 16 Me acerqué a uno de los que estaban allí de pie y le pedí que me dijera la verdad acerca de todo esto. Y me respondió, dándome a conocer la interpretación de estas cosas : 17 “Estas bestias enormes, que son cuatro, son cuatro reyes que se levantarán de la tierra. 18 “Pero los santos del Altísimo recibirán el reino y poseerán el reino para siempre, por los siglos de los siglos.” 19 Entonces quise saber la verdad acerca de la cuarta bestia, que era diferente de todas las demás, y en gran manera terrible, con sus dientes de hierro y sus garras de bronce, y que devoraba, desmenuzaba y hollaba los restos con sus pies, 20 y la verdad acerca de los diez cuernos que tenía en su cabeza, y del otro cuerno que había surgido, delante del cual cayeron tres de ellos, es decir, el cuerno que tenía ojos y una boca que hablaba con mucha arrogancia, y cuya apariencia era mayor que la de sus compañeros. 21 Mientras yo miraba, este cuerno hacía guerra contra los santos y prevalecía sobre ellos, 22 hasta que vino el Anciano de Días y se hizo justicia a favor de los santos del Altísimo, y llegó el tiempo cuando los santos tomaron posesión del reino.
23 Dijo así: “La cuarta bestia será un cuarto reino en la tierra, que será diferente de todos los otros reinos; devorará toda la tierra, la hollará y la desmenuzará. 24 “Y los diez cuernos de este reino son diez reyes que se levantarán, y otro se levantará después de ellos; él será diferente de los anteriores y subyugará a tres reyes. 25 “Y él proferirá palabras contra el Altísimo y afligirá a los santos del Altísimo, e intentará cambiar los tiempos y la ley; y le serán entregados en sus manos por un tiempo, por tiempos y por medio tiempo. 26 “Pero el tribunal se sentará para juzgar, y su dominio le será quitado, aniquilado y destruido para siempre. 27 “Y la soberanía, el dominio y la grandeza de todos los reinos debajo de todo el cielo serán entregados al pueblo de los santos del Altísimo. Su reino será un reino eterno, y todos los dominios le servirán y le obedecerán.” 28 Hasta aquí la revelación. En cuanto a mí, Daniel, mis pensamientos me turbaron en gran manera y mi rostro palideció, pero guardé el asunto en mi corazón.

Chapter 8

1 En el año tercero del reinado del rey Belsasar, se me apareció a mí, Daniel, una visión, después de aquella que se me había aparecido anteriormente. 2 Cuando miré en la visión, sucedió que al mirar, yo me encontraba en la ciudadela de Susa, que está en la provincia de Elam, y vi en la visión que yo estaba junto al río Ulai. 3 Alcé, pues, mis ojos y miré, y he aquí que un carnero estaba delante del río. Tenía dos cuernos, y los dos cuernos eran altos, pero uno era más alto que el otro, y el más alto creció el último. 4 Vi al carnero dando cornadas al oeste, al norte y al sur, y ninguna bestia podía mantenerse en pie delante de él, y nadie podía librarse de su poder. Hacía lo que quería, y se engrandeció.
5 Estando yo observando, he aquí, un macho cabrío venía del occidente sobre la superficie de toda la tierra sin tocar el suelo; el macho cabrío tenía un cuerno prominente entre los ojos. 6 Se dirigió al carnero que tenía los dos cuernos, que yo había visto parado delante del río, y lo acometió con la furia de su poder. 7 Lo vi venir junto al carnero, y enfurecido contra él, hirió al carnero y le rompió los dos cuernos, y el carnero no tenía fuerza para mantenerse en pie delante de él; lo arrojó en tierra y lo pisoteó, y no hubo nadie que librara al carnero de su poder. 8 El macho cabrío se engrandeció sobremanera, pero en cuanto llegó a ser poderoso, el gran cuerno se le rompió, y en su lugar le salieron cuatro cuernos prominentes hacia los cuatro vientos del cielo.
9 Y de uno de ellos salió un cuerno pequeño, que creció mucho hacia el sur, hacia el oriente y hacia la Tierra Hermosa. 10 Creció hasta el ejército del cielo, e hizo caer a la tierra parte del ejército y de las estrellas, y las pisoteó. 11 Se engrandeció hasta igualarse con el Jefe del ejército, le quitó su sacrificio continuo y fue derribado el lugar de su santuario. 12 Y el ejército será entregado al cuerno junto con el sacrificio continuo a causa de la transgresión; arrojará por tierra la verdad y hará su voluntad y prosperará. 13 Oí entonces hablar a un santo, y otro santo dijo al que hablaba: ¿Hasta cuándo durará la visión del sacrificio continuo, de la transgresión que espanta, y de que el lugar santo y el ejército sean pisoteados ? 14 Y le respondió: Por dos mil trescientas tardes y mañanas; entonces el lugar santo será restaurado.
15 Y sucedió que después que yo, Daniel, había visto la visión, y trataba de comprenderla, he aquí, vi de pie, ante mí, uno con apariencia de hombre. 16 Y oí una voz de hombre entre las márgenes del Ulai, que gritaba y decía: Gabriel, explícale a éste la visión. 17 El se acercó adonde yo estaba, y cuando llegó, me aterroricé y caí sobre mi rostro, pero él me dijo: Entiende, hijo de hombre, que la visión se refiere al tiempo del fin. 18 Mientras él hablaba conmigo, caí en un sueño profundo con mi rostro en tierra ; él me tocó y me hizo incorporar donde yo estaba. 19 Y dijo: He aquí, te voy a dar a conocer lo que sucederá al final de la ira, porque se refiere al tiempo señalado del fin. 20 El carnero que viste, con los dos cuernos, representa a los reyes de Media y de Persia. 21 Y el macho cabrío peludo representa al reino de Grecia, y el cuerno grande que está entre sus ojos es el primer rey. 22 Y el cuerno roto y los cuatro cuernos que salieron en su lugar representan cuatro reinos que se levantarán de su nación, pero no con su poder.
23 Y al final de su reinado, cuando los transgresores se acaben, se levantará un rey, insolente y hábil en intrigas. 24 Su poder será grande, pero no por su propio poder; destruirá en forma extraordinaria, prosperará y hará su voluntad; destruirá a los poderosos y al pueblo santo. 25 Y por su astucia hará que el engaño prospere por su influencia ; él se engrandecerá en su corazón, y destruirá a muchos que están confiados. Aun se levantará contra el Príncipe de los príncipes, pero será destruido sin intervención humana. 26 Y la visión de las tardes y de las mañanas que ha sido relatada, es verdadera; pero tú, guarda en secreto la visión, porque se refiere a muchos días aún lejanos.
27 Yo, Daniel, me sentí agotado y enfermo algunos días. Después me levanté y atendí los asuntos del rey ; pero yo estaba espantado a causa de la visión, y no había nadie que la interpretara.
Nueva Biblia de las Américas

Chapter 3

1 El rey Nabucodonosor hizo una estatua de oro cuya altura era de 60 codos (27 m) y su anchura de 2.7 metros. La levantó en el llano de Dura, en la provincia de Babilonia. 2 Entonces el rey Nabucodonosor mandó reunir a los sátrapas, prefectos y gobernadores, los consejeros, tesoreros, jueces, magistrados y todos los gobernantes de las provincias para que vinieran a la dedicación de la estatua que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado.
3 Se reunieron, pues, los sátrapas, prefectos y gobernadores, los consejeros, tesoreros, jueces, magistrados y todos los gobernantes de las provincias para la dedicación de la estatua que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado. Y todos estaban de pie delante de la estatua que Nabucodonosor había levantado. 4 Entonces el heraldo proclamó con fuerza: “Se les ordena a ustedes, pueblos, naciones y lenguas, 5 que en el momento en que oigan el sonido del cuerno, la flauta, la lira, el arpa, el salterio, la gaita y toda clase de música, se postren y adoren la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor ha levantado. 6 Pero el que no se postre y adore, será echado inmediatamente en un horno de fuego ardiente.”
7 Por tanto, en el momento en que todos los pueblos oyeron el sonido del cuerno, la flauta, la lira, el arpa, el salterio, la gaita y toda clase de música, todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas se postraron y adoraron la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado.
8 Sin embargo en aquel tiempo algunos Caldeos se presentaron y acusaron a los Judíos. 9 Hablaron y dijeron al rey Nabucodonosor: “¡Oh rey, viva para siempre! 10 Usted, oh rey, ha proclamado un decreto de que todo hombre que oiga el sonido del cuerno, la flauta, la lira, el arpa, el salterio, la gaita y toda clase de música, se postre y adore la estatua de oro, 11 y el que no se postre y adore, será echado en un horno de fuego ardiente. 12 Pero hay algunos Judíos a quienes usted ha puesto sobre la administración de la provincia de Babilonia, es decir, Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego, estos hombres, oh rey, no le hacen caso. No sirven a sus dioses ni adoran la estatua de oro que ha levantado.”
13 Entonces Nabucodonosor, enojado y furioso, dio orden de traer a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego. Estos hombres, pues, fueron conducidos ante el rey. 14 Habló Nabucodonosor y les dijo: “¿Es verdad Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego que no sirven a mis dioses ni adoran la estatua de oro que he levantado? 15 ¿Están dispuestos ahora, para que cuando oigan el sonido del cuerno, la flauta, la lira, el arpa, el salterio, la gaita y toda clase de música, se postren y adoren la estatua que he hecho? Porque si no la adoran, inmediatamente serán echados en un horno de fuego ardiente. ¿Y qué dios será el que los libre de mis manos?”
16 Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego le respondieron al rey Nabucodonosor: “No necesitamos darle una respuesta acerca de este asunto. 17 Ciertamente nuestro Dios a quien servimos puede librarnos del horno de fuego ardiente. Y de su mano, oh rey, nos librará. 18 Pero si no lo hace, ha de saber, oh rey, que no serviremos a sus dioses ni adoraremos la estatua de oro que ha levantado.”
19 Entonces Nabucodonosor se llenó de furor, y demudó su semblante contra Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego. Reaccionó ordenando que se calentara el horno siete veces más de lo que se acostumbraba calentar. 20 Y mandó que algunos valientes guerreros de su ejército ataran a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego, y los echaran en el horno de fuego ardiente. 21 Entonces estos hombres fueron atados y arrojados con sus mantos, sus túnicas, sus gorros y sus otras ropas en el horno de fuego ardiente.
22 Como la orden (la palabra del rey) era apremiante (severa) y el horno había sido calentado excesivamente, la llama del fuego mató a los que habían alzado a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego. 23 Pero estos tres hombres, Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego cayeron, atados, en medio del horno de fuego ardiente.
24 Entonces el rey Nabucodonosor se espantó, y levantándose apresuradamente preguntó a sus altos oficiales: “¿No eran tres los hombres que echamos atados en medio del fuego?” “Así es, oh rey,” respondieron ellos. 25 “¡Miren!” respondió el rey. “Veo a cuatro hombres sueltos que se pasean en medio del fuego sin sufrir daño alguno, y el aspecto del cuarto es semejante al de un hijo de los dioses.”
26 Entonces Nabucodonosor se acercó a la puerta del horno de fuego ardiente y dijo: “Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego, siervos del Dios Altísimo, salgan y vengan acá.” Entonces Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego salieron de en medio del fuego. 27 Y los sátrapas, los prefectos, los gobernadores y los altos oficiales del rey se reunieron para ver a estos hombres, cómo el fuego no había tenido efecto alguno sobre sus cuerpos, ni el cabello de sus cabezas se había chamuscado, ni sus mantos habían sufrido daño alguno, ni aun olor del fuego había quedado en ellos.
28 Entonces Nabucodonosor dijo: “Bendito sea el Dios de Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego que ha enviado a Su ángel y ha librado a Sus siervos que, confiando en El, desobedecieron la orden del rey y entregaron sus cuerpos antes de servir y adorar a ningún otro dios excepto a su Dios. 29 Por tanto, proclamo un decreto de que todo pueblo, nación o lengua que diga blasfemia contra el Dios de Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego sea descuartizado y sus casas reducidas a escombros, ya que no hay otro dios que pueda librar de esta manera.” 30 Entonces el rey hizo prosperar a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed Nego en la provincia de Babilonia.

Chapter 4

1 Nabucodonosor, rey, a todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas que habitan en toda la tierra: “Que abunde su paz. 2 Me ha parecido bien declarar las señales y maravillas que ha hecho conmigo el Dios Altísimo.
3 “¡Cuán grandes son Sus señales, Y cuán poderosas Sus maravillas! Su reino es un reino eterno, Y Su dominio de generación en generación.
4 “Yo, Nabucodonosor, estaba tranquilo en mi casa y próspero en mi palacio. 5 Tuve un sueño que me hizo temblar; y estas fantasías, estando en mi cama, y las visiones de mi mente me aterraron. 6 Por lo cual di órdenes que trajeran ante mí a todos los sabios de Babilonia para que me dieran a conocer la interpretación del sueño. 7 Entonces vinieron los magos (sacerdotes adivinos), los encantadores, los Caldeos (astrólogos) y los adivinos y les conté el sueño. Pero no pudieron darme su interpretación. 8 Pero al fin vino ante mí Daniel, cuyo nombre es Beltsasar, como el nombre de mi dios, en quien está el espíritu de los dioses santos, y yo le conté mi sueño: 9 ‘Oh Beltsasar, jefe de los magos (sacerdotes adivinos), ya que sé que en ti está el espíritu de los dioses santos y que ningún misterio te confunde, declárame las visiones del sueño que he visto, y su interpretación.
10 ‘Y las visiones de mi mente, que vi estando en mi cama, fueron así: Vi un árbol en medio de la tierra, Cuya altura era muy grande. 11 ‘El árbol creció y se hizo fuerte, Su copa llegaba hasta el cielo, Y era visible desde los confines de la tierra. 12 ‘Su follaje era hermoso y su fruto abundante, Y en él había alimento para todos. Debajo de él hallaban sombra las bestias del campo, Las aves del cielo hacían morada en sus ramas, Y de él se alimentaban todos los seres vivientes.
13 ‘En las visiones de mi mente que vi estando en mi cama, había un vigilante, un santo que descendió del cielo.
14 ‘Clamando fuertemente, dijo así: “Derriben el árbol, corten sus ramas, Arranquen su follaje, desparramen su fruto. Huyan las bestias que están debajo de él, Y las aves de sus ramas. 15 “Pero dejen en tierra el tocón con sus raíces, Con ataduras de hierro y bronce Entre la hierba del campo; Que se empape con el rocío del cielo, Y comparta con las bestias la hierba de la tierra. 16 “Sea cambiado su corazón de hombre, Y le da un corazón de bestia, Y pasen sobre él siete años (tiempos). 17 “Esta sentencia es por decreto de los vigilantes, Y la orden es por decisión de los santos, Con el fin de que sepan los vivientes Que el Altísimo domina sobre el reino de los hombres, Y se lo da a quien le place, Y pone sobre él al más humilde de los hombres.”
18 Este es el sueño que yo, el rey Nabucodonosor, he tenido. Y tú, Beltsasar, dime su interpretación, ya que ninguno de los sabios de mi reino ha podido darme a conocer su interpretación. Pero tú puedes, porque el espíritu de los dioses santos está en ti.’
19 “Entonces Daniel, a quien llamaban Beltsasar, se quedó atónito por un momento, y le turbaron sus pensamientos. El rey le dijo: “Beltsasar, no dejes que el sueño ni su interpretación te turben.” “Señor mío,” respondió Beltsasar. “Sea el sueño para los que lo odian a usted, y su interpretación para sus adversarios. 20 El árbol que vio, que se hizo fuerte y corpulento, cuya copa llegaba hasta el cielo y que era visible en toda la tierra, 21 y cuyo follaje era hermoso y su fruto abundante, y en el que había alimento para todos, debajo del cual moraban las bestias del campo y en cuyas ramas anidaban las aves del cielo, 22 es usted, oh rey, que se ha hecho grande y fuerte, su grandeza ha crecido y ha llegado hasta el cielo, y su dominio hasta los confines de la tierra.
23 En cuanto al vigilante, al santo que el rey vio, que descendía del cielo y decía: “Derriben el árbol y destrúyanlo, pero dejen el tocón con sus raíces en la tierra, con ataduras de hierro y bronce en la hierba del campo, y que se empape con el rocío del cielo, y que comparta con las bestias del campo, hasta que pasen sobre él siete años (tiempos),”
24 esta es la interpretación, oh rey, y éste es el decreto del Altísimo que ha venido sobre mi señor el rey: 25 Será usted echado de entre los hombres, y su morada estará con las bestias del campo, y le darán hierba para comer como al ganado, y será empapado con el rocío del cielo. Y siete años (tiempos) pasarán sobre usted, hasta que reconozca que el Altísimo domina sobre el reino de los hombres y que lo da a quien Le place. 26 Y en cuanto a la orden de dejar el tocón con las raíces del árbol, su reino le será afirmado después que usted reconozca que es el Cielo el que gobierna. 27 Por tanto, oh rey, que mi consejo le sea grato: ponga fin a sus pecados haciendo justicia, y a sus iniquidades mostrando misericordia a los pobres. Quizás sea prolongada su prosperidad.’
28 “Todo esto le sucedió al rey Nabucodonosor. 29 Doce meses después, paseándose por la azotea del palacio real de Babilonia, 30 el rey reflexionó, y dijo: “¿No es ésta la gran Babilonia que yo he edificado como residencia real con la fuerza de mi poder y para gloria de mi majestad?” 31 Aún estaba la palabra en la boca del rey, cuando una voz vino del cielo: “Rey Nabucodonosor, a ti se te declara: El reino te ha sido quitado, 32 y serás echado de entre los hombres, y tu morada estará con las bestias del campo. Te darán hierba para comer como al ganado, y siete años (tiempos) pasarán sobre ti, hasta que reconozcas que el Altísimo domina sobre el reino de los hombres, y que lo da a quien Le place.”
33 En aquel mismo instante se cumplió la palabra acerca de Nabucodonosor: fue echado de entre los hombres, comía hierba como el ganado y su cuerpo se empapó con el rocío del cielo hasta que sus cabellos crecieron como las plumas de las águilas y sus uñas como las de las aves.
34 “Pero al fin de los días, yo, Nabucodonosor, alcé mis ojos al cielo, y recobré mi razón, y bendije al Altísimo y alabé y glorifiqué al que vive para siempre. Porque Su dominio es un dominio eterno, Y Su reino permanece de generación en generación. 35 “Todos los habitantes de la tierra son considerados como nada, Mas El actúa conforme a Su voluntad en el ejército del cielo Y entre los habitantes de la tierra. Nadie puede detener Su mano, Ni decirle: ‘¿Qué has hecho?’
36 En ese momento recobré mi razón. Y mi majestad y mi esplendor me fueron devueltos para gloria de mi reino, y mis consejeros y mis nobles vinieron a buscarme. Y fui restablecido en mi reino (soberanía), y mayor grandeza me fue añadida. 37 Ahora yo, Nabucodonosor, alabo, ensalzo y glorifico al Rey del cielo, porque Sus obras son todas verdaderas y justos Sus caminos. El puede humillar a los que caminan con soberbia.”

Chapter 5

1 Belsasar, rey de Babilonia ofreció un gran banquete a mil de sus nobles, y en presencia de los mil se puso a beber vino. 2 Mientras saboreaba el vino, Belsasar ordenó traer los vasos de oro y plata que Nabucodonosor su padre (antepasado) había sacado del templo que estaba en Jerusalén, para que bebieran en ellos el rey y sus nobles, sus mujeres y sus concubinas. 3 Entonces trajeron los vasos de oro que habían sido sacados del templo, la casa de Dios que estaba en Jerusalén, y el rey y sus nobles, sus mujeres y sus concubinas bebieron en ellos. 4 Bebieron vino y alabaron a los dioses de oro y plata, de bronce, hierro, madera y piedra.
5 De pronto aparecieron los dedos de una mano humana y comenzaron a escribir frente al candelabro sobre lo encalado de la pared del palacio del rey, y el rey vio el dorso de la mano que escribía. 6 Entonces el rostro del rey palideció, y sus pensamientos lo turbaron, las coyunturas de sus caderas se le relajaron y sus rodillas comenzaron a chocar una contra otra. 7 El rey gritó fuertemente que trajeran a los encantadores, a los Caldeos (astrólogos) y a los adivinos. El rey habló, y dijo a los sabios de Babilonia: “Cualquiera que pueda leer esta inscripción y declararme su interpretación, será vestido de púrpura, llevará un collar de oro al cuello y tendrá autoridad como tercero en el reino.”
8 Entonces entraron todos los sabios del rey, pero no pudieron leer la inscripción ni dar a conocer al rey su interpretación. 9 Y el rey Belsasar se turbó en gran manera, su rostro palideció aún más. También sus nobles quedaron perplejos.
10 La reina, al enterarse de las palabras del rey y de sus nobles, entró en la sala del banquete y tomando la palabra, dijo: “¡Oh rey, viva para siempre! No le turben sus pensamientos ni se mude su semblante. 11 Hay un hombre en su reino en quien está el espíritu de los dioses santos. Y en los días de su padre se halló en él luz, inteligencia y sabiduría como la sabiduría de los dioses. Y su padre, el rey Nabucodonosor, su padre el rey, lo nombró jefe de los magos (sacerdotes adivinos), encantadores, Caldeos (astrólogos) y adivinos, 12 debido a que se halló un espíritu extraordinario, conocimiento e inteligencia, interpretación de sueños, explicación de enigmas y solución de problemas difíciles en este hombre, Daniel, a quien el rey llamaba Beltsasar. Que llamen ahora a Daniel, y él declarará la interpretación.”
13 Entonces Daniel fue traído ante el rey. El rey preguntó a Daniel: “¿Eres tú aquél Daniel de los deportados de Judá, que el rey mi padre trajo de Judá? 14 He oído de ti que el espíritu de los dioses está en ti, y que luz, inteligencia y extraordinaria sabiduría se hallan en ti. 15 Ahora mismo los sabios y encantadores fueron traídos delante de mí para que leyeran esta inscripción y me dieran a conocer su interpretación, pero no pudieron declarar la interpretación del escrito. 16 Pero yo he oído decir de ti que puedes dar interpretaciones y resolver problemas difíciles. Ahora, si puedes leer la inscripción y darme a conocer su interpretación, serás vestido de púrpura y llevarás un collar de oro al cuello, y tendrás autoridad como tercero en el reino.”
17 Entonces Daniel respondió delante del rey: “Sean para ti tus regalos y da tus recompensas a otro. Yo leeré, sin embargo, la inscripción al rey y le daré a conocer su interpretación. 18 Oh rey, el Dios Altísimo concedió a tu padre Nabucodonosor soberanía (el reino), grandeza, gloria y majestad. 19 Y a causa de la grandeza que El le concedió, todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas temían y temblaban delante de él. A quien quería, mataba, y a quien quería, dejaba con vida; exaltaba a quien quería, y a quien quería humillaba. 20 Pero cuando su corazón se enalteció y su espíritu se endureció en su arrogancia, fue depuesto de su trono real y su gloria le fue quitada. 21 Fue echado de entre los hombres, su corazón se hizo semejante al de las bestias y con los asnos monteses tuvo su morada. Se le dio a comer hierba como al ganado y su cuerpo se empapó con el rocío del cielo, hasta que reconoció que el Dios Altísimo domina sobre el reino de los hombres y que pone sobre él a quien Le place.
22 Pero usted, su hijo (descendiente) Belsasar, no se ha humillado su corazón aunque sabía todo esto, 23 sino que se ha ensalzado usted contra el Señor del cielo. Y han traído delante de usted los vasos de Su templo, y usted y sus nobles, sus mujeres y sus concubinas, han estado bebiendo vino en ellos y han alabado a los dioses de plata y oro, de bronce, hierro, madera y piedra, que ni ven, ni oyen, ni entienden. Pero al Dios que tiene en Su mano su propio aliento y es dueño de todos sus caminos, no ha glorificado. 24 Por lo cual El envió de Su presencia la mano que trazó esta inscripción.
25 “Esta es la inscripción que fue trazada: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UFARSIN. 26 Esta es la interpretación del escrito: MENE: Dios ha contado su reino y le ha puesto fin. 27 TEKEL: ha sido pesado en la balanza y hallado falto de peso. 28 PERES: su reino ha sido dividido y entregado a los Medos y Persas.”
29 Entonces Belsasar ordenó que vistieran a Daniel de púrpura y le pusieran un collar de oro al cuello, y que proclamaran acerca de él, que él tenía ahora autoridad como tercero en el reino.
30 Aquella misma noche fue asesinado Belsasar, rey de los Caldeos. 31 Y Darío el Medo recibió el reino cuando tenía sesenta y dos años.

Chapter 6

1 Le pareció bien a Darío constituir sobre el reino 120 sátrapas que gobernaran en todo el reino, 2 y sobre ellos, tres funcionarios (uno de los cuales era Daniel) a quienes estos sátrapas rindieran cuenta, para que el rey no fuera perjudicado. 3 Pero este mismo Daniel sobresalía entre los funcionarios y sátrapas porque había en él un espíritu extraordinario, de modo que el rey pensó ponerlo sobre todo el reino.
4 Entonces los funcionarios y sátrapas buscaron un motivo para acusar a Daniel con respecto a los asuntos del reino. Pero no pudieron encontrar ningún motivo de acusación ni evidencia alguna de corrupción, por cuanto él era fiel, y ninguna negligencia ni corrupción podía hallarse en él. 5 Entonces estos hombres dijeron: “No encontraremos ningún motivo de acusación contra este Daniel a menos que encontremos algo contra él en relación con la ley de su Dios.”
6 Estos funcionarios y sátrapas, de común acuerdo, fueron entonces al rey y le dijeron así: “¡Rey Darío, viva para siempre! 7 Todos los funcionarios del reino, prefectos, sátrapas, altos oficiales y gobernadores, han acordado que el rey promulgue un edicto y ponga en vigor el mandato de que cualquiera que en el término de treinta días haga petición a cualquier dios u hombre fuera de usted, oh rey, sea echado en el foso de los leones. 8 Ahora pues, oh rey, promulgue el mandato y firme el documento para que no sea modificado, conforme a la ley de los Medos y Persas, que no puede ser revocada.” 9 Por tanto, el rey Darío firmó el documento, esto es, el mandato.
10 Cuando Daniel supo que había sido firmado el documento, entró en su casa (en su aposento superior tenía ventanas abiertas en dirección a Jerusalén), y como solía hacerlo antes, continuó arrodillándose tres veces al día, orando y dando gracias delante de su Dios. 11 Entonces estos hombres, de común acuerdo, fueron y encontraron a Daniel orando y suplicando delante de su Dios; 12 por lo cual se presentaron ante el rey y le hablaron tocante al mandato real: “¿No firmó usted un mandato que cualquier hombre que en el término de treinta días hiciera petición a cualquier dios u hombre fuera de usted, oh rey, fuera echado en el foso de los leones?” “La orden es cierta, conforme a la ley de los Medos y Persas, que no puede ser revocada,” respondió el rey. 13 Entonces ellos respondieron: “Daniel, que es uno de los deportados de Judá, no le hace caso, oh rey, ni del mandato que usted firmó, sino que tres veces al día hace su oración.”
14 Al oír estas palabras, el rey se afligió mucho y se propuso librar a Daniel. Y hasta la puesta del sol estuvo buscando la manera de librarlo. 15 Entonces aquellos hombres vinieron de común acuerdo al rey y le dijeron: “Reconozca, oh rey, que es ley de los Medos y Persas que ningún mandato o edicto que el rey establezca, puede ser revocado.”
16 El rey entonces dio órdenes que trajeran a Daniel y lo echaran en el foso de los leones. El rey habló a Daniel y le dijo: “Tu Dios, a quien sirves con perseverancia, El te librará.” 17 Trajeron una piedra y la pusieron sobre la boca del foso. El rey la selló con su anillo y con los anillos de sus nobles, para que nada pudiera cambiarse de lo ordenado en cuanto a Daniel. 18 Después el rey se fue a su palacio y pasó la noche en ayuno. Ningún entretenimiento fue traído ante él y se le fue el sueño.
19 Entonces el rey se levantó al amanecer, al rayar el alba, y fue a toda prisa al foso de los leones. 20 Y acercándose al foso, gritó a Daniel con voz angustiada. El rey habló a Daniel y le dijo: “Daniel, siervo del Dios viviente, tu Dios, a quien sirves con perseverancia, ¿te ha podido librar de los leones?”
21 Entonces Daniel respondió al rey: “Oh rey, viva para siempre. 22 Mi Dios envió Su ángel, que cerró la boca de los leones, y no me han hecho daño alguno porque fui hallado inocente ante El. Y tampoco ante usted, oh rey, he cometido crimen alguno.”
23 El rey entonces se alegró mucho y mandó sacar a Daniel del foso. Cuando Daniel fue sacado del foso, no se encontró en él lesión alguna, porque había confiado en su Dios. 24 El rey dio órdenes que trajeran a aquellos hombres que habían acusado falsamente a Daniel, y que los echaran, a ellos, a sus hijos y a sus mujeres en el foso de los leones. No habían llegado aún al fondo del foso, cuando ya los leones se habían apoderado de ellos y triturado todos sus huesos.
25 Entonces el rey Darío escribió a todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas que habitaban en toda la tierra: “Que abunde su paz.
26 De parte mía se proclama un decreto de que en todo el dominio de mi reino todos teman y tiemblen delante del Dios de Daniel, Porque El es el Dios viviente que permanece para siempre, Y Su reino no será destruido Y Su dominio durará para siempre. 27 El es el que libra y rescata, hace señales y maravillas En el cielo y en la tierra, El que ha librado a Daniel del poder de los leones.”
28 Y este mismo Daniel prosperó durante el reinado de Darío y durante el reinado de Ciro el Persa.

Chapter 7

1 En el primer año del rey Belsasar de Babilonia, Daniel tuvo un sueño y visiones en su mente, estando en su cama. Entonces escribió el sueño y relató el resumen de él:
2 “Miraba yo en mi visión nocturna que los cuatro vientos del cielo agitaban el gran mar; 3 y cuatro bestias enormes, diferentes unas de otras, subían del mar.
4 La primera era como un león y tenía alas de águila. Mientras yo miraba, sus alas le fueron arrancadas, fue levantada del suelo y puesta sobre dos pies, como un hombre, y le fue dado corazón de hombre.
5 Y otra segunda bestia, semejante a un oso, estaba levantada de un costado, y en su boca, entre sus dientes, tenía tres costillas. Y le dijeron así: ‘Levántate, y devora mucha carne.’
6 Después de esto seguí mirando, y otra más, semejante a un leopardo que tenía sobre su lomo cuatro alas de ave. La bestia tenía cuatro cabezas, y le fue dado dominio.
7 Después de esto, seguí mirando en las visiones nocturnas, y vi una cuarta bestia, terrible, espantosa y en gran manera fuerte. Tenía enormes dientes de hierro y devoraba, desmenuzaba y pisoteaba los restos con sus pies. Era diferente de todas las bestias que la antecedieron y tenía diez cuernos. 8 Mientras yo contemplaba los cuernos, vi que otro cuerno, uno pequeño, surgió entre ellos, y tres de los primeros cuernos fueron arrancados delante de él. Y este cuerno tenía ojos como los ojos de un hombre y una boca que hablaba con mucha arrogancia.
9 Seguí mirando Hasta que se establecieron tronos, Y el Anciano de Días se sentó. Su vestidura era blanca como la nieve, Y el cabello de Su cabeza como lana pura, Su trono, llamas de fuego, Y sus ruedas, fuego abrasador. 10 Un río de fuego corría, Saliendo de delante de El. Miles de millares Le servían, Y miríadas de miríadas (innumerables) estaban en pie delante de El. El tribunal se sentó, Y se abrieron los libros.
11 Entonces yo seguí mirando a causa del ruido de las palabras arrogantes que el cuerno decía. Seguí mirando hasta que mataron a la bestia, destrozaron su cuerpo y lo echaron a las llamas del fuego. 12 A las demás bestias, se les quitó el dominio, pero les fue concedida una prolongación de la vida por un tiempo determinado.
13 Seguí mirando en las visiones nocturnas, Y en las nubes del cielo Venía uno como un Hijo de Hombre, Que se dirigió al Anciano de Días Y fue presentado ante El. 14 Y Le fue dado dominio, Gloria y reino (soberanía), Para que todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas Le sirvieran. Su dominio es un dominio eterno Que nunca pasará, Y Su reino uno Que no será destruido.
15 “A mí, Daniel, se me angustió por dentro el espíritu, y las visiones de mi mente seguían turbándome. 16 Me acerqué a uno de los que estaban allí de pie y le pedí que me dijera la verdad acerca de todo esto. Y me respondió, dándome a conocer la interpretación de estas cosas: 17 ‘Estas bestias enormes, que son cuatro, son cuatro reyes que se levantarán de la tierra. 18 Pero los santos del Altísimo recibirán el reino y poseerán el reino para siempre, por los siglos de los siglos.’
19 “Entonces quise saber la verdad acerca de la cuarta bestia, que era diferente de todas las demás, y en gran manera terrible, con sus dientes de hierro y sus garras de bronce, y que devoraba, desmenuzaba y pisoteaba los restos con sus pies, 20 y la verdad acerca de los diez cuernos que tenía en su cabeza, y del otro cuerno que había surgido, delante del cual cayeron tres de ellos, es decir, el cuerno que tenía ojos y una boca que hablaba con mucha arrogancia, y cuya apariencia era mayor que la de sus compañeros.
21 Mientras yo miraba, este cuerno hacía guerra contra los santos y prevalecía sobre ellos, 22 hasta que vino el Anciano de Días y se hizo justicia a favor de los santos del Altísimo, y llegó el tiempo cuando los santos tomaron posesión del reino.
23 “Después me dijo: ‘La cuarta bestia será un cuarto reino en la tierra, que será diferente de todos los otros reinos. Devorará toda la tierra, la pisoteará y la desmenuzará. 24 Y los diez cuernos de este reino son diez reyes que se levantarán, y otro se levantará después de ellos. El será diferente de los anteriores y subyugará a tres reyes. 25 El proferirá palabras contra el Altísimo y afligirá a los santos del Altísimo, e intentará cambiar los tiempos y la ley. Y le serán entregados en sus manos por tres años y medio (un tiempo, tiempos y medio tiempo). 26 Pero el tribunal se sentará para juzgar, y su dominio le será quitado, aniquilado y destruido para siempre. 27 Y la soberanía (el reino), el dominio y la grandeza de todos los reinos debajo de todo el cielo serán entregados al pueblo de los santos del Altísimo. Su reino será un reino eterno, y todos los dominios Le servirán y Le obedecerán.’
28 Hasta aquí la revelación. En cuanto a mí, Daniel, mis pensamientos me turbaron en gran manera y mi rostro palideció, pero guardé el asunto en mi corazón.”

Chapter 8

1 En el tercer año del reinado del rey Belsasar, se me apareció a mí, Daniel, una visión, después de aquélla que se me había aparecido anteriormente. 2 Cuando miré en la visión, sucedió que al mirar, yo me encontraba en la ciudadela de Susa, que está en la provincia de Elam, y vi en la visión que yo estaba junto al Río Ulai. 3 Alcé, pues, mis ojos y miré que un carnero estaba delante del río. Tenía dos cuernos, y los dos cuernos eran altos, pero uno era más alto que el otro, y el más alto creció el último. 4 Vi al carnero dando cornadas al oeste, al norte y al sur, y ninguna bestia podía mantenerse en pie delante de él, y nadie podía librarse de su poder. Hacía lo que quería, y se engrandeció.
5 Al estar yo observando, vi que un macho cabrío venía del occidente sobre la superficie de toda la tierra sin tocar el suelo. El macho cabrío tenía un cuerno prominente entre los ojos. 6 Se dirigió al carnero que tenía los dos cuernos, que yo había visto parado delante del río, y lo acometió con la furia de su poder. 7 Lo vi venir junto al carnero, y enfurecido contra él, hirió al carnero y le rompió los dos cuernos, y el carnero no tenía fuerza para mantenerse en pie delante de él. Lo arrojó en tierra y lo pisoteó, y no hubo nadie que librara al carnero de su poder. 8 El macho cabrío se engrandeció sobremanera, pero en cuanto llegó a ser poderoso, el gran cuerno se le rompió, y en su lugar le salieron cuatro cuernos prominentes hacia los cuatro vientos del cielo.
9 Y de uno de ellos salió un cuerno pequeño, que creció mucho hacia el sur, hacia el oriente y hacia la Tierra Hermosa (Palestina). 10 Creció hasta el ejército del cielo, e hizo caer a la tierra parte del ejército y de las estrellas, y las pisoteó. 11 Se engrandeció hasta igualarse con el Jefe del ejército, le quitó Su sacrificio continuo y fue derribado el lugar de Su santuario. 12 Y el ejército será entregado al cuerno junto con el sacrificio continuo a causa de la transgresión; arrojará por tierra la verdad y hará su voluntad y prosperará.
13 Oí entonces hablar a un santo, y otro santo dijo al que hablaba: “¿Hasta cuándo durará la visión del sacrificio continuo, de la transgresión que espanta, y de que el lugar santo y el ejército sean pisoteados?” 14 Y el santo le respondió: “Por 2,300 tardes y mañanas; entonces el lugar santo será restaurado.”
15 Y sucedió que después que yo, Daniel, había visto la visión y trataba de comprenderla, vi de pie, ante mí, uno con apariencia de hombre. 16 Y oí una voz de hombre entre las márgenes del Río Ulai, que gritaba: “Gabriel, explícale a éste la visión.”
17 El se acercó adonde yo estaba, y cuando llegó, me aterroricé y caí sobre mi rostro, pero él me dijo: “Entiende, hijo de hombre, que la visión se refiere al tiempo del fin.” 18 Mientras él hablaba conmigo, caí en un sueño profundo con mi rostro en tierra. El me tocó y me hizo incorporar donde yo estaba. 19 “Te voy a dar a conocer lo que sucederá al final de la ira, porque se refiere al tiempo señalado del fin,” me dijo. 20 “El carnero que viste, con los dos cuernos, representa a los reyes de Media y de Persia. 21 El macho cabrío peludo representa al reino de Grecia, y el cuerno grande que está entre sus ojos es el primer rey. 22 El cuerno roto y los cuatro cuernos que salieron en su lugar representan cuatro reinos que se levantarán de su nación, pero no con su poder.
23 Y al final de su reinado (soberanía), Cuando los transgresores se acaben, Se levantará un rey, Insolente y hábil en intrigas. 24 Su poder será grande, pero no por su propio poder; Destruirá en forma extraordinaria, Prosperará y hará su voluntad. Destruirá a los poderosos y al pueblo santo. 25 Y por su astucia Hará que el engaño prospere por su influencia. El se engrandecerá en su corazón, Y destruirá a muchos que están confiados. Aun se levantará contra el Príncipe de los príncipes, Pero será destruido sin intervención humana. 26 La visión de las tardes y de las mañanas Que ha sido relatada, es verdadera. Pero tú, guarda en secreto la visión, Porque se refiere a muchos días aún lejanos.”
27 Yo, Daniel, me sentí agotado y enfermo algunos días. Después me levanté y atendí los asuntos del rey; pero yo estaba espantado a causa de la visión, y no había nadie que la interpretara.
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Chapter 3

1 El rey Nabucodonosor mandó hacer una estatua de oro, de veintisiete metros de alto por dos metros y medio de ancho, y mandó que la colocaran en los llanos de Dura, en la provincia de Babilonia. 2 Luego les ordenó a los sátrapas, prefectos, gobernadores, consejeros, tesoreros, jueces, magistrados y demás oficiales de las provincias que asistieran a la dedicación de la estatua que había mandado erigir. 3 Para celebrar tal dedicación, los sátrapas, prefectos, gobernadores, consejeros, tesoreros, jueces, magistrados y demás oficiales de las provincias se reunieron ante la estatua. 4 Entonces los heraldos proclamaron a voz en cuello: «A ustedes, pueblos, naciones y gente de toda lengua, se les ordena lo siguiente: 5 Tan pronto como escuchen la música de trompetas, flautas, cítaras, liras, arpas, zampoñas y otros instrumentos musicales, deberán inclinarse y adorar la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor ha mandado erigir. 6 Todo el que no se incline ante ella ni la adore será arrojado de inmediato a un horno en llamas».
7 Ante tal amenaza, tan pronto como se escuchó la música de todos esos instrumentos musicales, todos los pueblos y naciones, y gente de toda lengua, se inclinaron y adoraron la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor había mandado erigir. 8 Pero algunos astrólogos se presentaron ante el rey y acusaron a los judíos:
9 ?¡Que viva Su Majestad por siempre! —exclamaron—. 10 Usted ha emitido un decreto ordenando que todo el que oiga la música de trompetas, flautas, cítaras, liras, arpas, zampoñas y otros instrumentos musicales se incline ante la estatua de oro y la adore. 11 También ha ordenado que todo el que no se incline ante la estatua ni la adore sea arrojado a un horno en llamas. 12 Pero hay algunos judíos, a quienes Su Majestad ha puesto al frente de la provincia de Babilonia, que no acatan sus órdenes. No adoran a los dioses de Su Majestad ni a la estatua de oro que mandó erigir. Se trata de Sadrac, Mesac y Abednego.
13 Lleno de ira, Nabucodonosor los mandó llamar. Cuando los jóvenes se presentaron ante el rey,
14 Nabucodonosor les dijo: ?Ustedes tres, ¿es verdad que no honran a mis dioses ni adoran a la estatua de oro que he mandado erigir? 15 En cuanto escuchen la música de los instrumentos musicales, más les vale que se inclinen ante la estatua que he mandado hacer y que la adoren. De lo contrario, serán lanzados de inmediato a un horno en llamas, ¡y no habrá dios capaz de librarlos de mis manos!
16 Sadrac, Mesac y Abednego le respondieron a Nabucodonosor: ?¡No hace falta que nos defendamos ante Su Majestad! 17 Si se nos arroja al horno en llamas, el Dios al que servimos puede librarnos del horno y de las manos de Su Majestad. 18 Pero, aun si nuestro Dios no lo hace así, sepa usted que no honraremos a sus dioses ni adoraremos a su estatua.
19 Ante la respuesta de Sadrac, Mesac y Abednego, Nabucodonosor se puso muy furioso y cambió su actitud hacia ellos. Mandó entonces que se calentara el horno siete veces más de lo normal, 20 y que algunos de los soldados más fuertes de su ejército ataran a los tres jóvenes y los arrojaran al horno en llamas. 21 Fue así como los arrojaron al horno con sus mantos, sandalias, turbantes y todo, es decir, tal y como estaban vestidos. 22 Tan inmediata fue la orden del rey, y tan caliente estaba el horno, que las llamas alcanzaron y mataron a los soldados que arrojaron a Sadrac, Mesac y Abednego, 23 los cuales, atados de pies y manos, cayeron dentro del horno en llamas.
24 En ese momento Nabucodonosor se puso de pie, y sorprendido les preguntó a sus consejeros: ?¿Acaso no eran tres los hombres que atamos y arrojamos al fuego? ?Así es, Su Majestad —le respondieron.
25 ?¡Pues miren! —exclamó—. Allí en el fuego veo a cuatro hombres, sin ataduras y sin daño alguno, ¡y el cuarto tiene la apariencia de un dios!
26 Dicho esto, Nabucodonosor se acercó a la puerta del horno en llamas y gritó: ?Sadrac, Mesac y Abednego, siervos del Dios Altísimo, ¡salgan de allí, y vengan acá! Cuando los tres jóvenes salieron del horno, 27 los sátrapas, prefectos, gobernadores y consejeros reales se arremolinaron en torno a ellos y vieron que el fuego no les había causado ningún daño, y que ni uno solo de sus cabellos se había chamuscado; es más, su ropa no estaba quemada ¡y ni siquiera olía a humo!
28 Entonces exclamó Nabucodonosor: «¡Alabado sea el Dios de estos jóvenes, que envió a su ángel y los salvó! Ellos confiaron en él y, desafiando la orden real, optaron por la muerte antes que honrar o adorar a otro dios que no fuera el suyo. 29 Por tanto, yo decreto que se descuartice a cualquiera que hable en contra del Dios de Sadrac, Mesac y Abednego, y que su casa sea reducida a cenizas, sin importar la nación a que pertenezca o la lengua que hable. ¡No hay otro dios que pueda salvar de esta manera!»
30 Después de eso el rey promovió a Sadrac, Mesac y Abednego a un alto puesto en la provincia de Babilonia.

Chapter 4

1 El rey Nabucodonosor, a todos los pueblos y naciones que habitan en este mundo, y a toda lengua: ¡Paz y prosperidad para todos!
2 Me es grato darles a conocer las señales y maravillas que el Dios Altísimo ha realizado en mi favor. 3 ¡Cuán grandes son sus señales! ¡Cuán portentosas son sus maravillas! ¡Su reino es un reino eterno! ¡Su soberanía permanece de generación en generación!
4 Yo, Nabucodonosor, estaba en mi palacio, feliz y lleno de prosperidad, 5 cuando tuve un sueño que me infundió miedo. Recostado en mi lecho, las imágenes y visiones que pasaron por mi mente me llenaron de terror. 6 Ordené entonces que vinieran a mi presencia todos los sabios de Babilonia para que me interpretaran el sueño. 7 Cuando llegaron los magos, hechiceros, astrólogos y adivinos, les conté mi sueño, pero no me lo pudieron interpretar. 8 Finalmente Daniel, que en honor a mi Dios también se llama Beltsasar, se presentó ante mí y le conté mi sueño, pues en él reposa el espíritu de los santos dioses.
9 Yo le dije: «Beltsasar, jefe de los magos, yo sé que en ti reposa el espíritu de los santos dioses, y que no hay para ti ningún misterio demasiado difícil de resolver. Te voy a contar mi sueño, y quiero que me digas lo que significa. 10 Y esta es la tremenda visión que tuve mientras reposaba en mi lecho: Veía ante mí un árbol de altura impresionante, plantado en medio de la tierra. 11 El árbol creció y se hizo fuerte, y su copa tocaba el cielo, ¡hasta podía verse desde cualquier punto de la tierra! 12 Tenía un hermoso follaje y abundantes frutos; ¡todo el mundo hallaba en él su alimento! Hasta las bestias salvajes venían a refugiarse bajo su sombra, y en sus ramas anidaban las aves del cielo. ¡Ese árbol alimentaba a todos los animales!
13 »En la visión que tuve mientras reposaba en mi lecho, vi ante mí a un mensajero santo que descendía del cielo 14 y que a voz en cuello me gritaba: “¡Derriba el árbol y córtale las ramas; arráncale las hojas y esparce los frutos! ¡Haz que las bestias huyan de su sombra, y que las aves abandonen sus nidos! 15 Pero deja enterrados el tocón y las raíces; sujétalos con hierro y bronce entre la hierba del campo. Deja que se empape con el rocío del cielo, y que habite con los animales y entre las plantas de la tierra. 16 Deja que su mente humana se trastorne y se vuelva como la de un animal, hasta que hayan transcurrido siete años”.
17 »Los santos mensajeros han anunciado la decisión, es decir, el veredicto, para que todos los vivientes reconozcan que el Dios Altísimo es el soberano de todos los reinos humanos, y que se los entrega a quien él quiere, y hasta pone sobre ellos al más humilde de los hombres.
18 »Yo, Nabucodonosor, tuve este sueño. Ahora tú, Beltsasar, dime qué es lo que significa, ya que ninguno de los sabios de mi reino me lo pudo interpretar. ¡Pero tú sí puedes hacerlo, porque en ti reposa el espíritu de los santos dioses!»
19 Daniel, conocido también como Beltsasar, se quedó desconcertado por algún tiempo y aterrorizado por sus propios pensamientos; por eso el rey le dijo: ?Beltsasar, no te dejes alarmar por este sueño y su significado. A esto Daniel respondió: ?¡Ojalá que el sueño y su significado tengan que ver con los acérrimos enemigos de Su Majestad! 20 La copa del árbol que Su Majestad veía crecer y fortalecerse tocaba el cielo; ¡hasta podía verse desde cualquier punto de la tierra! 21 Ese árbol tenía un hermoso follaje y daba abundantes frutos que alimentaban a todo el mundo; bajo su sombra se refugiaban las bestias salvajes, y en sus ramas anidaban las aves del cielo. 22 Ese árbol es Su Majestad, que se ha hecho fuerte y poderoso, y con su grandeza ha alcanzado el cielo. ¡Su dominio se extiende a los lugares más remotos de la tierra!
23 »Su Majestad veía que del cielo bajaba un mensajero santo, el cual le ordenaba derribar el árbol y destruirlo, y dejarlo enterrado para que se empapara con el rocío del cielo, aunque tenía que sujetar con hierro y bronce el tocón y las raíces. De este modo viviría como los animales salvajes hasta que transcurrieran siete años.
24 »La interpretación del sueño, y el decreto que el Altísimo ha emitido contra Su Majestad, es como sigue: 25 Usted será apartado de la gente y habitará con los animales salvajes; comerá pasto como el ganado, y se empapará con el rocío del cielo. Siete años pasarán hasta que Su Majestad reconozca que el Altísimo es el soberano de todos los reinos del mundo, y que se los entrega a quien él quiere. 26 La orden de dejar el tocón y las raíces del árbol quiere decir que Su Majestad recibirá nuevamente el reino, cuando haya reconocido que el verdadero reino es el del cielo. 27 Por lo tanto, yo le ruego a Su Majestad aceptar el consejo que le voy a dar: Renuncie usted a sus pecados y actúe con justicia; renuncie a su maldad y sea bondadoso con los oprimidos. Tal vez entonces su prosperidad vuelva a ser la de antes».
28 En efecto, todo esto le sucedió al rey Nabucodonosor. 29 Doce meses después, mientras daba un paseo por la terraza del palacio real de Babilonia, 30 exclamó: «¡Miren la gran Babilonia que he construido como capital del reino! ¡La he construido con mi gran poder, para mi propia honra!»
31 No había terminado de hablar cuando se escuchó una voz que desde el cielo decía: «Este es el decreto en cuanto a ti, rey Nabucodonosor. Tu autoridad real se te ha quitado. 32 Serás apartado de la gente y vivirás entre los animales salvajes; comerás pasto como el ganado, y siete años transcurrirán hasta que reconozcas que el Altísimo es el soberano de todos los reinos del mundo, y que se los entrega a quien él quiere».
33 Y al instante se cumplió lo anunciado a Nabucodonosor. Lo separaron de la gente, y comió pasto como el ganado. Su cuerpo se empapó con el rocío del cielo, y hasta el pelo y las uñas le crecieron como plumas y garras de águila.
34 Pasado ese tiempo yo, Nabucodonosor, elevé los ojos al cielo, y recobré el juicio. Entonces alabé al Altísimo; honré y glorifiqué al que vive para siempre: Su dominio es eterno; su reino permanece para siempre. 35 Ninguno de los pueblos de la tierra merece ser tomado en cuenta. Dios hace lo que quiere con los poderes celestiales y con los pueblos de la tierra. No hay quien se oponga a su poder ni quien le pida cuentas de sus actos.
36 Recobré el juicio, y al momento me fueron devueltos la honra, el esplendor y la gloria de mi reino. Mis consejeros y cortesanos vinieron a buscarme, y me fue devuelto el trono. ¡Llegué a ser más poderoso que antes! 37 Por eso yo, Nabucodonosor, alabo, exalto y glorifico al Rey del cielo, porque siempre procede con rectitud y justicia, y es capaz de humillar a los soberbios.

Chapter 5

1 El rey Belsasar ofreció un gran banquete a mil miembros de la nobleza, y bebió vino con ellos hasta emborracharse. 2 2-3 Mientras brindaban, Belsasar mandó que le trajeran las copas de oro y de plata que Nabucodonosor, su padre, había tomado del templo de Jerusalén. Y así se hizo. Le llevaron las copas, y en ellas bebieron el rey y sus nobles, junto con sus esposas y concubinas. 3 4 Ya borrachos, se deshacían en alabanzas a los dioses de oro, plata, bronce, hierro, madera y piedra.
5 En ese momento, en la sala del palacio apareció una mano que, a la luz de las lámparas, escribía con el dedo sobre la parte blanca de la pared. Mientras el rey observaba la mano que escribía, 6 el rostro le palideció del susto, las rodillas comenzaron a temblarle y apenas podía sostenerse.
7 Mandó entonces que vinieran los hechiceros, astrólogos y adivinos, y a estos sabios babilonios les dijo: ?Al que lea lo que allí está escrito, y me diga lo que significa, lo vestiré de púrpura, le pondré una cadena de oro en el cuello y lo nombraré tercer gobernante del reino.
8 Todos los sabios del reino se presentaron, pero no pudieron descifrar lo escrito ni decirle al rey lo que significaba. 9 Esto hizo que el rey Belsasar se asustara y palideciera más todavía. Los nobles, por su parte, se hallaban confundidos.
10 Al oír el alboroto que hacían el rey y sus nobles, la reina misma entró en la sala del banquete y exclamó: ?¡Que viva Su Majestad por siempre! ¡Y no se alarme ni se ponga pálido! 11 En el reino de Su Majestad hay un hombre en quien reposa el espíritu de los santos dioses. Cuando vivía el rey Nabucodonosor, padre de Su Majestad, se halló que ese hombre poseía sabiduría, inteligencia y gran percepción, semejantes a las de los dioses. El padre de Su Majestad llegó a nombrar a ese hombre jefe de los magos, hechiceros, astrólogos y adivinos. 12 Y es que ese hombre tiene una mente aguda, amplios conocimientos, e inteligencia y capacidad para interpretar sueños, explicar misterios y resolver problemas difíciles. Llame usted a ese hombre, y él le dirá lo que significa ese escrito. Se llama Daniel, aunque el padre de Su Majestad le puso por nombre Beltsasar.
13 Daniel fue llevado a la presencia del rey, y este le preguntó: ?¿Así que tú eres Daniel, uno de los exiliados que mi padre trajo de Judá? 14 Me han contado que en ti reposa el espíritu de los dioses, y que posees gran agudeza e inteligencia, y una sabiduría sorprendente. 15 Los sabios y hechiceros se presentaron ante mí para leer esta escritura y decirme lo que significa, pero no pudieron descifrarla. 16 Según me han dicho, tú puedes dar interpretaciones y resolver problemas difíciles. Si logras descifrar e interpretar lo que allí está escrito, te vestiré de púrpura, te pondré una cadena de oro en el cuello y te nombraré tercer gobernante del reino.
17 ?Su Majestad puede quedarse con sus regalos, o dárselos a otro —le respondió Daniel—. Yo voy a leerle a Su Majestad lo que dice en la pared, y le explicaré lo que significa.
18 »El Dios Altísimo dio al rey Nabucodonosor, padre de usted, grandeza, gloria, majestad y esplendor. 19 Gracias a la autoridad que Dios le dio, ante él temblaban de miedo todos los pueblos, naciones y gente de toda lengua. A quien él quería matar, lo mandaba matar; a quien quería perdonar, lo perdonaba; si quería promover a alguien, lo promovía; y, si quería humillarlo, lo humillaba. 20 Pero, cuando su corazón se volvió arrogante y orgulloso, se le arrebató el trono real y se le despojó de su gloria; 21 fue apartado de la gente y recibió la mente de un animal; vivió entre los asnos salvajes y se alimentó con pasto como el ganado; ¡el rocío de la noche empapaba su cuerpo! Todo esto le sucedió hasta que reconoció que el Dios Altísimo es el soberano de todos los reinos del mundo, y que se los entrega a quien él quiere.
22 »Sin embargo, y a pesar de saber todo esto, usted, hijo de Nabucodonosor, no se ha humillado. 23 Por el contrario, se ha opuesto al Dios del cielo mandando traer de su templo las copas para que beban en ellas usted y sus nobles, sus esposas y concubinas. Usted se ha deshecho en alabanzas a los dioses de oro, plata, hierro, madera y piedra, dioses que no pueden ver ni oír ni entender; en cambio, no ha honrado al Dios en cuyas manos se hallan la vida y las acciones de Su Majestad. 24 Por eso Dios ha enviado esa mano a escribir 25 lo que allí aparece: Mene, Mene, Téquel, Parsin.
26 »Pues bien, esto es lo que significan esas palabras: »Mene: Dios ha contado los días del reino de Su Majestad, y les ha puesto un límite.
27 »Téquel: Su Majestad ha sido puesto en la balanza, y no pesa lo que debería pesar.
28 »Parsin: El reino de Su Majestad se ha dividido, y ha sido entregado a medos y persas».
29 Entonces Belsasar ordenó que se vistiera a Daniel de púrpura, que se le pusiera una cadena de oro en el cuello, y que se le nombrara tercer gobernante del reino. 30 Esa misma noche fue asesinado Belsasar, rey de los babilonios, y Darío el Persa se apoderó del reino. 31 Para entonces, Darío tenía sesenta y dos años.

Chapter 6

1 Para el control eficaz de su reino, Darío consideró prudente nombrar a ciento veinte sátrapas 2 y tres administradores, uno de los cuales era Daniel. Estos sátrapas eran responsables ante los administradores, a fin de que los intereses del rey no se vieran afectados. 3 Y tanto se distinguió Daniel por sus extraordinarias cualidades administrativas que el rey pensó en ponerlo al frente de todo el reino. 4 Entonces los administradores y los sátrapas empezaron a buscar algún motivo para acusar a Daniel de malos manejos en los negocios del reino. Sin embargo, no encontraron de qué acusarlo porque, lejos de ser corrupto o negligente, Daniel era un hombre digno de confianza. 5 Por eso concluyeron: «Nunca encontraremos nada de qué acusar a Daniel, a no ser algo relacionado con la ley de su Dios».
6 Formaron entonces los administradores y sátrapas una comisión para ir a hablar con el rey, y estando en su presencia le dijeron: ?¡Que viva para siempre Su Majestad, el rey Darío! 7 Nosotros los administradores reales, junto con los prefectos, sátrapas, consejeros y gobernadores, convenimos en que Su Majestad debiera emitir y confirmar un decreto que exija que, durante los próximos treinta días, sea arrojado al foso de los leones todo el que adore a cualquier dios u hombre que no sea Su Majestad. 8 Expida usted ahora ese decreto, y póngalo por escrito. Así, conforme a la ley de los medos y los persas, no podrá ser revocado.
9 El rey Darío expidió el decreto y lo puso por escrito. 10 Cuando Daniel se enteró de la publicación del decreto, se fue a su casa y subió a su dormitorio, cuyas ventanas se abrían en dirección a Jerusalén. Allí se arrodilló y se puso a orar y alabar a Dios, pues tenía por costumbre orar tres veces al día. 11 Cuando aquellos hombres llegaron y encontraron a Daniel orando e implorando la ayuda de Dios,
12 fueron a hablar con el rey respecto al decreto real: ?¿No es verdad que Su Majestad publicó un decreto? Según entendemos, todo el que en los próximos treinta días adore a otro dios u hombre que no sea Su Majestad será arrojado al foso de los leones. ?El decreto sigue en pie —contestó el rey—. Según la ley de los medos y los persas, no puede ser derogado.
13 Ellos respondieron: —¡Pues Daniel, que es uno de los exiliados de Judá, no toma en cuenta a Su Majestad ni el decreto que ha promulgado! ¡Todavía sigue orando a su Dios tres veces al día!
14 Cuando el rey escuchó esto, se deprimió mucho y se propuso salvar a Daniel, así que durante todo el día buscó la forma de salvarlo.
15 Pero aquellos hombres fueron a ver al rey y lo presionaron: ?No olvide Su Majestad que, según la ley de los medos y los persas, ningún decreto ni edicto emitido por el rey puede ser derogado.
16 El rey dio entonces la orden, y Daniel fue arrojado al foso de los leones. Allí el rey animaba a Daniel: ?¡Que tu Dios, a quien siempre sirves, se digne salvarte!
17 Trajeron entonces una piedra, y con ella taparon la boca del foso. El rey lo selló con su propio anillo y con el de sus nobles para que la sentencia contra Daniel no pudiera ser cambiada. 18 Luego volvió a su palacio y pasó la noche sin comer y sin divertirse, y hasta el sueño se le fue. 19 Tan pronto como amaneció, se levantó y fue al foso de los leones.
20 Ya cerca, lleno de ansiedad gritó: ?Daniel, siervo del Dios viviente, ¿pudo tu Dios, a quien siempre sirves, salvarte de los leones?
21 ?¡Que viva Su Majestad por siempre! —contestó Daniel desde el foso—. 22 Mi Dios envió a su ángel y les cerró la boca a los leones. No me han hecho ningún daño, porque Dios bien sabe que soy inocente. ¡Tampoco he cometido nada malo contra Su Majestad!
23 Sin ocultar su alegría, el rey ordenó que sacaran del foso a Daniel. Cuando lo sacaron, no se le halló un solo rasguño, pues Daniel confiaba en su Dios. 24 Entonces el rey mandó traer a los que falsamente lo habían acusado y ordenó que los arrojaran al foso de los leones, junto con sus esposas y sus hijos. ¡No habían tocado el suelo cuando ya los leones habían caído sobre ellos y les habían triturado los huesos!
25 Más tarde el rey Darío firmó este decreto: «A todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas de este mundo: »¡Paz y prosperidad para todos!
26 »He decretado que en todo lugar de mi reino la gente adore y honre al Dios de Daniel. »Porque él es el Dios vivo, y permanece para siempre. Su reino jamás será destruido, y su dominio jamás tendrá fin. 27 Él rescata y salva; hace prodigios en el cielo y maravillas en la tierra. ¡Ha salvado a Daniel de las garras de los leones!»
28 Fue así como Daniel prosperó durante los reinados de Darío y de Ciro el Persa.

Chapter 7

1 En el primer año del reinado de Belsasar en Babilonia, Daniel tuvo un sueño y visiones mientras yacía en su lecho. Entonces puso por escrito lo más importante de su sueño,
2 y esto es lo que escribió: «Durante la noche tuve una visión, y en ella veía al gran mar, agitado por los cuatro vientos del cielo. 3 Del mar salían cuatro bestias enormes, cada una diferente de la otra.
4 »La primera de ellas se parecía a un león, pero sus alas eran las de un águila. Mientras yo la observaba, le arrancaron las alas, la levantaron del suelo, y la obligaron a pararse sobre sus patas traseras, como si fuera un hombre. Y se le dio un corazón humano.
5 »La segunda bestia que vi se parecía a un oso. Se levantaba sobre uno de sus costados, y entre sus fauces tenía tres costillas. A esta bestia se le dijo: “¡Levántate y come carne hasta que te hartes!”
6 »Ante mis propios ojos vi aparecer otra bestia, la cual se parecía a un leopardo, aunque en el lomo tenía cuatro alas, como las de un ave. Esta bestia tenía cuatro cabezas, y recibió autoridad para gobernar.
7 »Después de esto, en mis visiones nocturnas vi ante mí una cuarta bestia, la cual era extremadamente horrible y poseía una fuerza descomunal. Con sus grandes colmillos de hierro aplastaba y devoraba a sus víctimas, para luego pisotear los restos. Tenía diez cuernos, y no se parecía en nada a las otras bestias.
8 »Mientras me fijaba en los cuernos, vi surgir entre ellos otro cuerno más pequeño. Por causa de este fueron arrancados tres de los primeros. El cuerno pequeño parecía tener ojos humanos, y una boca que profería insolencias. 9 »Mientras yo observaba esto, se colocaron unos tronos, y tomó asiento un venerable Anciano. Su ropa era blanca como la nieve, y su cabello, blanco como la lana. Su trono con sus ruedas centelleaban como el fuego. 10 De su presencia brotaba un torrente de fuego. Miles y millares le servían, centenares de miles lo atendían. Al iniciarse el juicio, los libros fueron abiertos.
11 »Yo me quedé mirando por causa de las grandes insolencias que profería el cuerno. Seguí mirando hasta que a esta bestia la mataron, la descuartizaron y echaron los pedazos al fuego ardiente. 12 A las otras bestias les quitaron el poder, aunque las dejaron vivir por algún tiempo.
13 »En esa visión nocturna, vi que alguien con aspecto humano venía entre las nubes del cielo. Se acercó al venerable Anciano y fue llevado a su presencia, 14 y se le dio autoridad, poder y majestad. ¡Todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas lo adoraron! ¡Su dominio es un dominio eterno, que no pasará, y su reino jamás será destruido!
15 »Yo, Daniel, me quedé aterrorizado, y muy preocupado por las visiones que pasaban por mi mente. 16 Me acerqué entonces a uno de los que estaban allí, y le pregunté el verdadero significado de todo esto. Y esta fue su interpretación: 17 “Las cuatro grandes bestias son cuatro reinos que se levantarán en la tierra, 18 pero los santos del Altísimo recibirán el reino, y será suyo para siempre, ¡para siempre jamás!”
19 »Quise entonces saber el verdadero significado de la cuarta bestia, la cual desmenuzaba a sus víctimas y las devoraba, pisoteando luego sus restos. Era muy distinta a las otras tres, pues tenía colmillos de hierro y garras de bronce. ¡Tenía un aspecto espantoso! 20 Quise saber también acerca de los diez cuernos que tenía en la cabeza, y del otro cuerno que le había salido y ante el cual habían caído tres de ellos. Este cuerno se veía más impresionante que los otros, pues tenía ojos y hablaba con insolencia.
21 »Mientras observaba yo, este cuerno libró una guerra contra los santos y los venció. 22 Entonces vino el Anciano y emitió juicio en favor de los santos del Altísimo. En ese momento los santos recibieron el reino.
23 »Esta fue la explicación que me dio el venerable Anciano: »“La cuarta bestia es un cuarto reino que surgirá en este mundo. Será diferente a los otros reinos; devorará a toda la tierra; ¡la aplastará y la pisoteará! 24 Los diez cuernos son diez reyes que saldrán de este reino. Otro rey les sucederá, distinto a los anteriores, el cual derrocará a tres reyes. 25 Hablará en contra del Altísimo y oprimirá a sus santos; tratará de cambiar las festividades y también las leyes, y los santos quedarán bajo su poder durante tres años y medio. 26 Los jueces tomarán asiento, y al cuerno se le quitará el poder y se le destruirá para siempre. 27 Entonces se dará a los santos, que son el pueblo del Altísimo, la majestad y el poder y la grandeza de los reinos. Su reino será un reino eterno, y lo adorarán y obedecerán todos los gobernantes de la tierra”.
28 »Aquí termina la visión. Yo, Daniel, me quedé desconcertado por tantas ideas que me pasaban por la mente, a tal grado que palideció mi rostro. Pero preferí mantener todo esto en secreto».

Chapter 8

1 «En el tercer año del reinado de Belsasar, yo, Daniel, tuve otra visión. 2 En ella, me veía en la ciudadela de Susa, en la provincia de Elam, junto al río Ulay. 3 Me fijé, y vi ante mí un carnero con sus dos cuernos. Estaba junto al río, y tenía cuernos largos. Uno de ellos era más largo, y le había salido después.
4 »Me quedé observando cómo el carnero atacaba hacia el oeste, hacia el norte y hacia el sur. Ningún animal podía hacerle frente, ni había tampoco quien pudiera librarse de su poder. El carnero hacía lo que quería, y cada vez cobraba más fuerza.
5 »Mientras reflexionaba yo al respecto, de pronto surgió del oeste un macho cabrío, con un cuerno enorme entre los ojos, y cruzó toda la tierra sin tocar siquiera el suelo. 6 Se lanzó contra el carnero que yo había visto junto al río, y lo atacó furiosamente. 7 Yo vi cómo lo golpeó y le rompió los dos cuernos. El carnero no pudo hacerle frente, pues el macho cabrío lo derribó y lo pisoteó. Nadie pudo librar al carnero del poder del macho cabrío.
8 »El macho cabrío cobró gran fuerza, pero en el momento de su mayor grandeza se le rompió el cuerno más largo, y en su lugar brotaron cuatro grandes cuernos que se alzaron contra los cuatro vientos del cielo. 9 De uno de ellos salió otro cuerno, pequeño al principio, que extendió su poder hacia el sur y hacia el este, y también hacia nuestra hermosa tierra. 10 Creció hasta alcanzar al ejército de los cielos, derribó algunas estrellas y las pisoteó, 11 y aun llegó a sentirse más importante que el jefe del ejército de los cielos. Por causa de él se eliminó el sacrificio diario y se profanó el santuario. 12 Por la rebeldía de nuestro pueblo, su ejército echó por tierra la verdad y quitó el sacrificio diario. En fin, ese cuerno hizo y deshizo.
13 »Escuché entonces que uno de los santos hablaba, y que otro le preguntaba: “¿Cuánto más va a durar esta visión del sacrificio diario, de la rebeldía desoladora, de la entrega del santuario y de la humillación del ejército?” 14 Y aquel santo me dijo: “Va a tardar dos mil trescientos días con sus noches. Después de eso, se purificará el santuario”.
15 »Mientras yo, Daniel, contemplaba la visión y trataba de entenderla, de repente apareció ante mí alguien de apariencia humana. 16 Escuché entonces una voz que desde el río Ulay gritaba: “¡Gabriel, dile a este hombre lo que significa la visión!”
17 »Cuando Gabriel se acercó al lugar donde yo estaba, me sentí aterrorizado y caí de rodillas. Pero él me dijo: “Toma en cuenta, criatura humana, que la visión tiene que ver con la hora final”.
18 »Mientras Gabriel me hablaba, yo caí en un sueño profundo, de cara al suelo. Pero él me despertó y me obligó a levantarme, 19 mientras me decía: “Voy a darte a conocer lo que sucederá cuando llegue a su fin el tiempo de la ira de Dios, porque el fin llegará en el momento señalado. 20 El carnero de dos cuernos que has visto simboliza a los reyes de Media y de Persia. 21 El macho cabrío es el rey de Grecia, y el cuerno grande que tiene entre los ojos es el primer rey. 22 Los cuatro cuernos que salieron en lugar del que fue hecho pedazos simbolizan a los cuatro reinos que surgirán de esa nación, pero que no tendrán el mismo poder.
23 »”Hacia el final de esos reinos, cuando los rebeldes lleguen al colmo de su maldad, surgirá un rey de rostro adusto, maestro de la intriga, 24 que llegará a tener mucho poder, pero no por sí mismo. Ese rey causará impresionantes destrozos y saldrá airoso en todo lo que emprenda. Destruirá a los poderosos y al pueblo santo. 25 Con su astucia propagará el engaño, creyéndose un ser superior. Destruirá a mucha gente que creía estar segura, y se enfrentará al Príncipe de los príncipes, pero será destruido sin intervención humana. 26 Esta visión de los días con sus noches, que se te ha dado a conocer, es verdadera. Pero no la hagas pública, pues para eso falta mucho tiempo”.
27 »Yo, Daniel, quedé exhausto, y durante varios días guardé cama. Luego me levanté para seguir atendiendo los asuntos del reino. Pero la visión me dejó pasmado, pues no lograba comprenderla.
Reina-Valera 1960

Chapter 3

1 El rey Nabucodonosor hizo una estatua de oro cuya altura era de sesenta codos, y su anchura de seis codos; la levantó en el campo de Dura, en la provincia de Babilonia. 2 Y envió el rey Nabucodonosor a que se reuniesen los sátrapas, los magistrados y capitanes, oidores, tesoreros, consejeros, jueces, y todos los gobernadores de las provincias, para que viniesen a la dedicación de la estatua que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado. 3 Fueron, pues, reunidos los sátrapas, magistrados, capitanes, oidores, tesoreros, consejeros, jueces, y todos los gobernadores de las provincias, a la dedicación de la estatua que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado; y estaban en pie delante de la estatua que había levantado el rey Nabucodonosor. 4 Y el pregonero anunciaba en alta voz: Mándase a vosotros, oh pueblos, naciones y lenguas, 5 que al oír el son de la bocina, de la flauta, del tamboril, del arpa, del salterio, de la zampoña y de todo instrumento de música, os postréis y adoréis la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor ha levantado; 6 y cualquiera que no se postre y adore, inmediatamente será echado dentro de un horno de fuego ardiendo. 7 Por lo cual, al oír todos los pueblos el son de la bocina, de la flauta, del tamboril, del arpa, del salterio, de la zampoña y de todo instrumento de música, todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas se postraron y adoraron la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado.
8 Por esto en aquel tiempo algunos varones caldeos vinieron y acusaron maliciosamente a los judíos. 9 Hablaron y dijeron al rey Nabucodonosor: Rey, para siempre vive. 10 Tú, oh rey, has dado una ley que todo hombre, al oír el son de la bocina, de la flauta, del tamboril, del arpa, del salterio, de la zampoña y de todo instrumento de música, se postre y adore la estatua de oro; 11 y el que no se postre y adore, sea echado dentro de un horno de fuego ardiendo. 12 Hay unos varones judíos, los cuales pusiste sobre los negocios de la provincia de Babilonia: Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego; estos varones, oh rey, no te han respetado; no adoran tus dioses, ni adoran la estatua de oro que has levantado.
13 Entonces Nabucodonosor dijo con ira y con enojo que le trajesen a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego. Al instante fueron traídos estos varones delante del rey. 14 Habló Nabucodonosor y les dijo: ¿Es verdad, Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, que vosotros no honráis a mi dios, ni adoráis la estatua de oro que he levantado? 15 Ahora, pues, ¿estáis dispuestos para que al oír el son de la bocina, de la flauta, del tamboril, del arpa, del salterio, de la zampoña y de todo instrumento de música, os postréis y adoréis la estatua que he hecho? Porque si no la adorareis, en la misma hora seréis echados en medio de un horno de fuego ardiendo; ¿y qué dios será aquel que os libre de mis manos?
16 Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego respondieron al rey Nabucodonosor, diciendo: No es necesario que te respondamos sobre este asunto. 17 He aquí nuestro Dios a quien servimos puede librarnos del horno de fuego ardiendo; y de tu mano, oh rey, nos librará. 18 Y si no, sepas, oh rey, que no serviremos a tus dioses, ni tampoco adoraremos la estatua que has levantado. 19 Entonces Nabucodonosor se llenó de ira, y se demudó el aspecto de su rostro contra Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, y ordenó que el horno se calentase siete veces más de lo acostumbrado. 20 Y mandó a hombres muy vigorosos que tenía en su ejército, que atasen a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, para echarlos en el horno de fuego ardiendo. 21 Entonces estos varones fueron atados con sus mantos, sus calzas, sus turbantes y sus vestidos, y fueron echados dentro del horno de fuego ardiendo. 22 Y como la orden del rey era apremiante, y lo habían calentado mucho, la llama del fuego mató a aquellos que habían alzado a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego. 23 Y estos tres varones, Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, cayeron atados dentro del horno de fuego ardiendo.
24 Entonces el rey Nabucodonosor se espantó, y se levantó apresuradamente y dijo a los de su consejo: ¿No echaron a tres varones atados dentro del fuego? Ellos respondieron al rey: Es verdad, oh rey. 25 Y él dijo: He aquí yo veo cuatro varones sueltos, que se pasean en medio del fuego sin sufrir ningún daño; y el aspecto del cuarto es semejante a hijo de los dioses.
26 Entonces Nabucodonosor se acercó a la puerta del horno de fuego ardiendo, y dijo: Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, siervos del Dios Altísimo, salid y venid. Entonces Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego salieron de en medio del fuego. 27 Y se juntaron los sátrapas, los gobernadores, los capitanes y los consejeros del rey, para mirar a estos varones, cómo el fuego no había tenido poder alguno sobre sus cuerpos, ni aun el cabello de sus cabezas se había quemado; sus ropas estaban intactas, y ni siquiera olor de fuego tenían. 28 Entonces Nabucodonosor dijo: Bendito sea el Dios de ellos, de Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, que envió su ángel y libró a sus siervos que confiaron en él, y que no cumplieron el edicto del rey, y entregaron sus cuerpos antes que servir y adorar a otro dios que su Dios. 29 Por lo tanto, decreto que todo pueblo, nación o lengua que dijere blasfemia contra el Dios de Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, sea descuartizado, y su casa convertida en muladar; por cuanto no hay dios que pueda librar como éste. 30 Entonces el rey engrandeció a Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego en la provincia de Babilonia.

Chapter 4

1 Nabucodonosor rey, a todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas que moran en toda la tierra: Paz os sea multiplicada. 2 Conviene que yo declare las señales y milagros que el Dios Altísimo ha hecho conmigo. 3 ¡Cuán grandes son sus señales, y cuán potentes sus maravillas! Su reino, reino sempiterno, y su señorío de generación en generación.
4 Yo Nabucodonosor estaba tranquilo en mi casa, y floreciente en mi palacio. 5 Vi un sueño que me espantó, y tendido en cama, las imaginaciones y visiones de mi cabeza me turbaron. 6 Por esto mandé que vinieran delante de mí todos los sabios de Babilonia, para que me mostrasen la interpretación del sueño. 7 Y vinieron magos, astrólogos, caldeos y adivinos, y les dije el sueño, pero no me pudieron mostrar su interpretación, 8 hasta que entró delante de mí Daniel, cuyo nombre es Beltsasar, como el nombre de mi dios, y en quien mora el espíritu de los dioses santos. Conté delante de él el sueño, diciendo: 9 Beltsasar, jefe de los magos, ya que he entendido que hay en ti espíritu de los dioses santos, y que ningún misterio se te esconde, declárame las visiones de mi sueño que he visto, y su interpretación. 10 Éstas fueron las visiones de mi cabeza mientras estaba en mi cama: Me parecía ver en medio de la tierra un árbol, cuya altura era grande. 11 Crecía este árbol, y se hacía fuerte, y su copa llegaba hasta el cielo, y se le alcanzaba a ver desde todos los confines de la tierra. 12 Su follaje era hermoso y su fruto abundante, y había en él alimento para todos. Debajo de él se ponían a la sombra las bestias del campo, y en sus ramas hacían morada las aves del cielo, y se mantenía de él toda carne.
13 Vi en las visiones de mi cabeza mientras estaba en mi cama, que he aquí un vigilante y santo descendía del cielo. 14 Y clamaba fuertemente y decía así: Derribad el árbol, y cortad sus ramas, quitadle el follaje, y dispersad su fruto; váyanse las bestias que están debajo de él, y las aves de sus ramas. 15 Mas la cepa de sus raíces dejaréis en la tierra, con atadura de hierro y de bronce entre la hierba del campo; sea mojado con el rocío del cielo, y con las bestias sea su parte entre la hierba de la tierra. 16 Su corazón de hombre sea cambiado, y le sea dado corazón de bestia, y pasen sobre él siete tiempos. 17 La sentencia es por decreto de los vigilantes, y por dicho de los santos la resolución, para que conozcan los vivientes que el Altísimo gobierna el reino de los hombres, y que a quien él quiere lo da, y constituye sobre él al más bajo de los hombres. 18 Yo el rey Nabucodonosor he visto este sueño. Tú, pues, Beltsasar, dirás la interpretación de él, porque todos los sabios de mi reino no han podido mostrarme su interpretación; mas tú puedes, porque mora en ti el espíritu de los dioses santos.
19 Entonces Daniel, cuyo nombre era Beltsasar, quedó atónito casi una hora, y sus pensamientos lo turbaban. El rey habló y dijo: Beltsasar, no te turben ni el sueño ni su interpretación. Beltsasar respondió y dijo: Señor mío, el sueño sea para tus enemigos, y su interpretación para los que mal te quieren. 20 El árbol que viste, que crecía y se hacía fuerte, y cuya copa llegaba hasta el cielo, y que se veía desde todos los confines de la tierra, 21 cuyo follaje era hermoso, y su fruto abundante, y en que había alimento para todos, debajo del cual moraban las bestias del campo, y en cuyas ramas anidaban las aves del cielo, 22 tú mismo eres, oh rey, que creciste y te hiciste fuerte, pues creció tu grandeza y ha llegado hasta el cielo, y tu dominio hasta los confines de la tierra. 23 Y en cuanto a lo que vio el rey, un vigilante y santo que descendía del cielo y decía: Cortad el árbol y destruidlo; mas la cepa de sus raíces dejaréis en la tierra, con atadura de hierro y de bronce en la hierba del campo; y sea mojado con el rocío del cielo, y con las bestias del campo sea su parte, hasta que pasen sobre él siete tiempos; 24 ésta es la interpretación, oh rey, y la sentencia del Altísimo, que ha venido sobre mi señor el rey: 25 Que te echarán de entre los hombres, y con las bestias del campo será tu morada, y con hierba del campo te apacentarán como a los bueyes, y con el rocío del cielo serás bañado; y siete tiempos pasarán sobre ti, hasta que conozcas que el Altísimo tiene dominio en el reino de los hombres, y que lo da a quien él quiere. 26 Y en cuanto a la orden de dejar en la tierra la cepa de las raíces del mismo árbol, significa que tu reino te quedará firme, luego que reconozcas que el cielo gobierna. 27 Por tanto, oh rey, acepta mi consejo: tus pecados redime con justicia, y tus iniquidades haciendo misericordias para con los oprimidos, pues tal vez será eso una prolongación de tu tranquilidad.
28 Todo esto vino sobre el rey Nabucodonosor. 29 Al cabo de doce meses, paseando en el palacio real de Babilonia, 30 habló el rey y dijo: ¿No es ésta la gran Babilonia que yo edifiqué para casa real con la fuerza de mi poder, y para gloria de mi majestad? 31 Aún estaba la palabra en la boca del rey, cuando vino una voz del cielo: A ti se te dice, rey Nabucodonosor: El reino ha sido quitado de ti; 32 y de entre los hombres te arrojarán, y con las bestias del campo será tu habitación, y como a los bueyes te apacentarán; y siete tiempos pasarán sobre ti, hasta que reconozcas que el Altísimo tiene el dominio en el reino de los hombres, y lo da a quien él quiere. 33 En la misma hora se cumplió la palabra sobre Nabucodonosor, y fue echado de entre los hombres; y comía hierba como los bueyes, y su cuerpo se mojaba con el rocío del cielo, hasta que su pelo creció como plumas de águila, y sus uñas como las de las aves.
34 Mas al fin del tiempo yo Nabucodonosor alcé mis ojos al cielo, y mi razón me fue devuelta; y bendije al Altísimo, y alabé y glorifiqué al que vive para siempre, cuyo dominio es sempiterno, y su reino por todas las edades. 35 Todos los habitantes de la tierra son considerados como nada; y él hace según su voluntad en el ejército del cielo, y en los habitantes de la tierra, y no hay quien detenga su mano, y le diga: ¿Qué haces? 36 En el mismo tiempo mi razón me fue devuelta, y la majestad de mi reino, mi dignidad y mi grandeza volvieron a mí, y mis gobernadores y mis consejeros me buscaron; y fui restablecido en mi reino, y mayor grandeza me fue añadida. 37 Ahora yo Nabucodonosor alabo, engrandezco y glorifico al Rey del cielo, porque todas sus obras son verdaderas, y sus caminos justos; y él puede humillar a los que andan con soberbia.

Chapter 5

1 El rey Belsasar hizo un gran banquete a mil de sus príncipes, y en presencia de los mil bebía vino. 2 Belsasar, con el gusto del vino, mandó que trajesen los vasos de oro y de plata que Nabucodonosor su padre había traído del templo de Jerusalén, para que bebiesen en ellos el rey y sus grandes, sus mujeres y sus concubinas. 3 Entonces fueron traídos los vasos de oro que habían traído del templo de la casa de Dios que estaba en Jerusalén, y bebieron en ellos el rey y sus príncipes, sus mujeres y sus concubinas. 4 Bebieron vino, y alabaron a los dioses de oro y de plata, de bronce, de hierro, de madera y de piedra.
5 En aquella misma hora aparecieron los dedos de una mano de hombre, que escribía delante del candelero sobre lo encalado de la pared del palacio real, y el rey veía la mano que escribía. 6 Entonces el rey palideció, y sus pensamientos lo turbaron, y se debilitaron sus lomos, y sus rodillas daban la una contra la otra. 7 El rey gritó en alta voz que hiciesen venir magos, caldeos y adivinos; y dijo el rey a los sabios de Babilonia: Cualquiera que lea esta escritura y me muestre su interpretación, será vestido de púrpura, y un collar de oro llevará en su cuello, y será el tercer señor en el reino. 8 Entonces fueron introducidos todos los sabios del rey, pero no pudieron leer la escritura ni mostrar al rey su interpretación. 9 Entonces el rey Belsasar se turbó sobremanera, y palideció, y sus príncipes estaban perplejos.
10 La reina, por las palabras del rey y de sus príncipes, entró a la sala del banquete, y dijo: Rey, vive para siempre; no te turben tus pensamientos, ni palidezca tu rostro. 11 En tu reino hay un hombre en el cual mora el espíritu de los dioses santos, y en los días de tu padre se halló en él luz e inteligencia y sabiduría, como sabiduría de los dioses; al que el rey Nabucodonosor tu padre, oh rey, constituyó jefe sobre todos los magos, astrólogos, caldeos y adivinos, 12 por cuanto fue hallado en él mayor espíritu y ciencia y entendimiento, para interpretar sueños y descifrar enigmas y resolver dudas; esto es, en Daniel, al cual el rey puso por nombre Beltsasar. Llámese, pues, ahora a Daniel, y él te dará la interpretación.
13 Entonces Daniel fue traído delante del rey. Y dijo el rey a Daniel: ¿Eres tú aquel Daniel de los hijos de la cautividad de Judá, que mi padre trajo de Judea? 14 Yo he oído de ti que el espíritu de los dioses santos está en ti, y que en ti se halló luz, entendimiento y mayor sabiduría. 15 Y ahora fueron traídos delante de mí sabios y astrólogos para que leyesen esta escritura y me diesen su interpretación; pero no han podido mostrarme la interpretación del asunto. 16 Yo, pues, he oído de ti que puedes dar interpretaciones y resolver dificultades. Si ahora puedes leer esta escritura y darme su interpretación, serás vestido de púrpura, y un collar de oro llevarás en tu cuello, y serás el tercer señor en el reino.
17 Entonces Daniel respondió y dijo delante del rey: Tus dones sean para ti, y da tus recompensas a otros. Leeré la escritura al rey, y le daré la interpretación. 18 El Altísimo Dios, oh rey, dio a Nabucodonosor tu padre el reino y la grandeza, la gloria y la majestad. 19 Y por la grandeza que le dio, todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas temblaban y temían delante de él. A quien quería mataba, y a quien quería daba vida; engrandecía a quien quería, y a quien quería humillaba. 20 Mas cuando su corazón se ensoberbeció, y su espíritu se endureció en su orgullo, fue depuesto del trono de su reino, y despojado de su gloria. 21 Y fue echado de entre los hijos de los hombres, y su mente se hizo semejante a la de las bestias, y con los asnos monteses fue su morada. Hierba le hicieron comer como a buey, y su cuerpo fue mojado con el rocío del cielo, hasta que reconoció que el Altísimo Dios tiene dominio sobre el reino de los hombres, y que pone sobre él al que le place. 22 Y tú, su hijo Belsasar, no has humillado tu corazón, sabiendo todo esto; 23 sino que contra el Señor del cielo te has ensoberbecido, e hiciste traer delante de ti los vasos de su casa, y tú y tus grandes, tus mujeres y tus concubinas, bebisteis vino en ellos; además de esto, diste alabanza a dioses de plata y oro, de bronce, de hierro, de madera y de piedra, que ni ven, ni oyen, ni saben; y al Dios en cuya mano está tu vida, y cuyos son todos tus caminos, nunca honraste.
24 Entonces de su presencia fue enviada la mano que trazó esta escritura. 25 Y la escritura que trazó es: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPARSIN. 26 Ésta es la interpretación del asunto: MENE: Contó Dios tu reino, y le ha puesto fin. 27 TEKEL: Pesado has sido en balanza, y fuiste hallado falto. 28 PERES: Tu reino ha sido roto, y dado a los medos y a los persas.
29 Entonces mandó Belsasar vestir a Daniel de púrpura, y poner en su cuello un collar de oro, y proclamar que él era el tercer señor del reino.
30 La misma noche fue muerto Belsasar rey de los caldeos. 31 Y Darío de Media tomó el reino, siendo de sesenta y dos años.

Chapter 6

1 Pareció bien a Darío constituir sobre el reino ciento veinte sátrapas, que gobernasen en todo el reino. 2 Y sobre ellos tres gobernadores, de los cuales Daniel era uno, a quienes estos sátrapas diesen cuenta, para que el rey no fuese perjudicado. 3 Pero Daniel mismo era superior a estos sátrapas y gobernadores, porque había en él un espíritu superior; y el rey pensó en ponerlo sobre todo el reino. 4 Entonces los gobernadores y sátrapas buscaban ocasión para acusar a Daniel en lo relacionado al reino; mas no podían hallar ocasión alguna o falta, porque él era fiel, y ningún vicio ni falta fue hallado en él. 5 Entonces dijeron aquellos hombres: No hallaremos contra este Daniel ocasión alguna para acusarle, si no la hallamos contra él en relación con la ley de su Dios.
6 Entonces estos gobernadores y sátrapas se juntaron delante del rey, y le dijeron así: ¡Rey Darío, para siempre vive! 7 Todos los gobernadores del reino, magistrados, sátrapas, príncipes y capitanes han acordado por consejo que promulgues un edicto real y lo confirmes, que cualquiera que en el espacio de treinta días demande petición de cualquier dios u hombre fuera de ti, oh rey, sea echado en el foso de los leones. 8 Ahora, oh rey, confirma el edicto y fírmalo, para que no pueda ser revocado, conforme a la ley de Media y de Persia, la cual no puede ser abrogada. 9 Firmó, pues, el rey Darío el edicto y la prohibición.
10 Cuando Daniel supo que el edicto había sido firmado, entró en su casa, y abiertas las ventanas de su cámara que daban hacia Jerusalén, se arrodillaba tres veces al día, y oraba y daba gracias delante de su Dios, como lo solía hacer antes. 11 Entonces se juntaron aquellos hombres, y hallaron a Daniel orando y rogando en presencia de su Dios. 12 Fueron luego ante el rey y le hablaron del edicto real: ¿No has confirmado edicto que cualquiera que en el espacio de treinta días pida a cualquier dios u hombre fuera de ti, oh rey, sea echado en el foso de los leones? Respondió el rey diciendo: Verdad es, conforme a la ley de Media y de Persia, la cual no puede ser abrogada. 13 Entonces respondieron y dijeron delante del rey: Daniel, que es de los hijos de los cautivos de Judá, no te respeta a ti, oh rey, ni acata el edicto que confirmaste, sino que tres veces al día hace su petición.
14 Cuando el rey oyó el asunto, le pesó en gran manera, y resolvió librar a Daniel; y hasta la puesta del sol trabajó para librarle. 15 Pero aquellos hombres rodearon al rey y le dijeron: Sepas, oh rey, que es ley de Media y de Persia que ningún edicto u ordenanza que el rey confirme puede ser abrogado.
16 Entonces el rey mandó, y trajeron a Daniel, y le echaron en el foso de los leones. Y el rey dijo a Daniel: El Dios tuyo, a quien tú continuamente sirves, él te libre. 17 Y fue traída una piedra y puesta sobre la puerta del foso, la cual selló el rey con su anillo y con el anillo de sus príncipes, para que el acuerdo acerca de Daniel no se alterase. 18 Luego el rey se fue a su palacio, y se acostó ayuno; ni instrumentos de música fueron traídos delante de él, y se le fue el sueño.
19 El rey, pues, se levantó muy de mañana, y fue apresuradamente al foso de los leones. 20 Y acercándose al foso llamó a voces a Daniel con voz triste, y le dijo: Daniel, siervo del Dios viviente, el Dios tuyo, a quien tú continuamente sirves, ¿te ha podido librar de los leones? 21 Entonces Daniel respondió al rey: Oh rey, vive para siempre. 22 Mi Dios envió su ángel, el cual cerró la boca de los leones, para que no me hiciesen daño, porque ante él fui hallado inocente; y aun delante de ti, oh rey, yo no he hecho nada malo. 23 Entonces se alegró el rey en gran manera a causa de él, y mandó sacar a Daniel del foso; y fue Daniel sacado del foso, y ninguna lesión se halló en él, porque había confiado en su Dios. 24 Y dio orden el rey, y fueron traídos aquellos hombres que habían acusado a Daniel, y fueron echados en el foso de los leones ellos, sus hijos y sus mujeres; y aún no habían llegado al fondo del foso, cuando los leones se apoderaron de ellos y quebraron todos sus huesos.
25 Entonces el rey Darío escribió a todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas que habitan en toda la tierra: Paz os sea multiplicada. 26 De parte mía es puesta esta ordenanza: Que en todo el dominio de mi reino todos teman y tiemblen ante la presencia del Dios de Daniel; porque él es el Dios viviente y permanece por todos los siglos, y su reino no será jamás destruido, y su dominio perdurará hasta el fin. 27 El salva y libra, y hace señales y maravillas en el cielo y en la tierra; él ha librado a Daniel del poder de los leones.
28 Y este Daniel prosperó durante el reinado de Darío y durante el reinado de Ciro el persa.

Chapter 7

1 En el primer año de Belsasar rey de Babilonia tuvo Daniel un sueño, y visiones de su cabeza mientras estaba en su lecho; luego escribió el sueño, y relató lo principal del asunto. 2 Daniel dijo: Miraba yo en mi visión de noche, y he aquí que los cuatro vientos del cielo combatían en el gran mar. 3 Y cuatro bestias grandes, diferentes la una de la otra, subían del mar. 4 La primera era como león, y tenía alas de águila. Yo estaba mirando hasta que sus alas fueron arrancadas, y fue levantada del suelo y se puso enhiesta sobre los pies a manera de hombre, y le fue dado corazón de hombre. 5 Y he aquí otra segunda bestia, semejante a un oso, la cual se alzaba de un costado más que del otro, y tenía en su boca tres costillas entre los dientes; y le fue dicho así: Levántate, devora mucha carne. 6 Después de esto miré, y he aquí otra, semejante a un leopardo, con cuatro alas de ave en sus espaldas; tenía también esta bestia cuatro cabezas; y le fue dado dominio. 7 Después de esto miraba yo en las visiones de la noche, y he aquí la cuarta bestia, espantosa y terrible y en gran manera fuerte, la cual tenía unos dientes grandes de hierro; devoraba y desmenuzaba, y las sobras hollaba con sus pies, y era muy diferente de todas las bestias que vi antes de ella, y tenía diez cuernos. 8 Mientras yo contemplaba los cuernos, he aquí que otro cuerno pequeño salía entre ellos, y delante de él fueron arrancados tres cuernos de los primeros; y he aquí que este cuerno tenía ojos como de hombre, y una boca que hablaba grandes cosas.
9 Estuve mirando hasta que fueron puestos tronos, y se sentó un Anciano de días, cuyo vestido era blanco como la nieve, y el pelo de su cabeza como lana limpia; su trono llama de fuego, y las ruedas del mismo, fuego ardiente. 10 Un río de fuego procedía y salía de delante de él; millares de millares le servían, y millones de millones asistían delante de él; el Juez se sentó, y los libros fueron abiertos. 11 Yo entonces miraba a causa del sonido de las grandes palabras que hablaba el cuerno; miraba hasta que mataron a la bestia, y su cuerpo fue destrozado y entregado para ser quemado en el fuego. 12 Habían también quitado a las otras bestias su dominio, pero les había sido prolongada la vida hasta cierto tiempo.
13 Miraba yo en la visión de la noche, y he aquí con las nubes del cielo venía uno como un hijo de hombre, que vino hasta el Anciano de días, y le hicieron acercarse delante de él. 14 Y le fue dado dominio, gloria y reino, para que todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas le sirvieran; su dominio es dominio eterno, que nunca pasará, y su reino uno que no será destruido.
15 Se me turbó el espíritu a mí, Daniel, en medio de mi cuerpo, y las visiones de mi cabeza me asombraron. 16 Me acerqué a uno de los que asistían, y le pregunté la verdad acerca de todo esto. Y me habló, y me hizo conocer la interpretación de las cosas. 17 Estas cuatro grandes bestias son cuatro reyes que se levantarán en la tierra. 18 Después recibirán el reino los santos del Altísimo, y poseerán el reino hasta el siglo, eternamente y para siempre.
19 Entonces tuve deseo de saber la verdad acerca de la cuarta bestia, que era tan diferente de todas las otras, espantosa en gran manera, que tenía dientes de hierro y uñas de bronce, que devoraba y desmenuzaba, y las sobras hollaba con sus pies; 20 asimismo acerca de los diez cuernos que tenía en su cabeza, y del otro que le había salido, delante del cual habían caído tres; y este mismo cuerno tenía ojos, y boca que hablaba grandes cosas, y parecía más grande que sus compañeros. 21 Y veía yo que este cuerno hacía guerra contra los santos, y los vencía, 22 hasta que vino el Anciano de días, y se dio el juicio a los santos del Altísimo; y llegó el tiempo, y los santos recibieron el reino.
23 Dijo así: La cuarta bestia será un cuarto reino en la tierra, el cual será diferente de todos los otros reinos, y a toda la tierra devorará, trillará y despedazará. 24 Y los diez cuernos significan que de aquel reino se levantarán diez reyes; y tras ellos se levantará otro, el cual será diferente de los primeros, y a tres reyes derribará. 25 Y hablará palabras contra el Altísimo, y a los santos del Altísimo quebrantará, y pensará en cambiar los tiempos y la ley; y serán entregados en su mano hasta tiempo, y tiempos, y medio tiempo. 26 Pero se sentará el Juez, y le quitarán su dominio para que sea destruido y arruinado hasta el fin, 27 y que el reino, y el dominio y la majestad de los reinos debajo de todo el cielo, sea dado al pueblo de los santos del Altísimo, cuyo reino es reino eterno, y todos los dominios le servirán y obedecerán.
28 Aquí fue el fin de sus palabras. En cuanto a mí, Daniel, mis pensamientos me turbaron y mi rostro se demudó; pero guardé el asunto en mi corazón.

Chapter 8

1 En el año tercero del reinado del rey Belsasar me apareció una visión a mí, Daniel, después de aquella que me había aparecido antes. 2 Vi en visión; y cuando la vi, yo estaba en Susa, que es la capital del reino en la provincia de Elam; vi, pues, en visión, estando junto al río Ulai. 3 Alcé los ojos y miré, y he aquí un carnero que estaba delante del río, y tenía dos cuernos; y aunque los cuernos eran altos, uno era más alto que el otro; y el más alto creció después. 4 Vi que el carnero hería con los cuernos al poniente, al norte y al sur, y que ninguna bestia podía parar delante de él, ni había quien escapase de su poder; y hacía conforme a su voluntad, y se engrandecía.
5 Mientras yo consideraba esto, he aquí un macho cabrío venía del lado del poniente sobre la faz de toda la tierra, sin tocar tierra; y aquel macho cabrío tenía un cuerno notable entre sus ojos. 6 Y vino hasta el carnero de dos cuernos, que yo había visto en la ribera del río, y corrió contra él con la furia de su fuerza. 7 Y lo vi que llegó junto al carnero, y se levantó contra él y lo hirió, y le quebró sus dos cuernos, y el carnero no tenía fuerzas para pararse delante de él; lo derribó, por tanto, en tierra, y lo pisoteó, y no hubo quien librase al carnero de su poder. 8 Y el macho cabrío se engrandeció sobremanera; pero estando en su mayor fuerza, aquel gran cuerno fue quebrado, y en su lugar salieron otros cuatro cuernos notables hacia los cuatro vientos del cielo.
9 Y de uno de ellos salió un cuerno pequeño, que creció mucho al sur, y al oriente, y hacia la tierra gloriosa. 10 Y se engrandeció hasta el ejército del cielo; y parte del ejército y de las estrellas echó por tierra, y las pisoteó. 11 Aun se engrandeció contra el príncipe de los ejércitos, y por él fue quitado el continuo sacrificio, y el lugar de su santuario fue echado por tierra. 12 Y a causa de la prevaricación le fue entregado el ejército junto con el continuo sacrificio; y echó por tierra la verdad, e hizo cuanto quiso, y prosperó. 13 Entonces oí a un santo que hablaba; y otro de los santos preguntó a aquel que hablaba: ¿Hasta cuándo durará la visión del continuo sacrificio, y la prevaricación asoladora entregando el santuario y el ejército para ser pisoteados? 14 Y él dijo: Hasta dos mil trescientas tardes y mañanas; luego el santuario será purificado.
15 Y aconteció que mientras yo Daniel consideraba la visión y procuraba comprenderla, he aquí se puso delante de mí uno con apariencia de hombre. 16 Y oí una voz de hombre entre las riberas del Ulai, que gritó y dijo: Gabriel, enseña a éste la visión. 17 Vino luego cerca de donde yo estaba; y con su venida me asombré, y me postré sobre mi rostro. Pero él me dijo: Entiende, hijo de hombre, porque la visión es para el tiempo del fin.
18 Mientras él hablaba conmigo, caí dormido en tierra sobre mi rostro; y él me tocó, y me hizo estar en pie. 19 Y dijo: He aquí yo te enseñaré lo que ha de venir al fin de la ira; porque eso es para el tiempo del fin. 20 En cuanto al carnero que viste, que tenía dos cuernos, éstos son los reyes de Media y de Persia. 21 El macho cabrío es el rey de Grecia, y el cuerno grande que tenía entre sus ojos es el rey primero. 22 Y en cuanto al cuerno que fue quebrado, y sucedieron cuatro en su lugar, significa que cuatro reinos se levantarán de esa nación, aunque no con la fuerza de él. 23 Y al fin del reinado de éstos, cuando los transgresores lleguen al colmo, se levantará un rey altivo de rostro y entendido en enigmas. 24 Y su poder se fortalecerá, mas no con fuerza propia; y causará grandes ruinas, y prosperará, y hará arbitrariamente, y destruirá a los fuertes y al pueblo de los santos. 25 Con su sagacidad hará prosperar el engaño en su mano; y en su corazón se engrandecerá, y sin aviso destruirá a muchos; y se levantará contra el Príncipe de los príncipes, pero será quebrantado, aunque no por mano humana. 26 La visión de las tardes y mañanas que se ha referido es verdadera; y tú guarda la visión, porque es para muchos días.
27 Y yo Daniel quedé quebrantado, y estuve enfermo algunos días, y cuando convalecí, atendí los negocios del rey; pero estaba espantado a causa de la visión, y no la entendía.
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Chapter 3

1 El rey Nabucodonosor hizo una estatua de oro, la altura de la cual era de sesenta codos, su anchura de seis codos; la levantó en el campo de Dura, en la provincia de Babilonia. 2 Y envió el rey Nabucodonosor a juntar los grandes, los asistentes y capitanes, jueces, tesoreros, los del concejo, presidentes, y a todos los gobernadores de las provincias, para que viniesen a la dedicación de la estatua que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado. 3 Fueron, pues, reunidos los grandes, los asistentes y capitanes, los oidores, receptores, los del concejo, los presidentes, y todos los gobernadores de las provincias, a la dedicación de la estatua que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado; y estaban en pie delante de la estatua que había levantado el rey Nabucodonosor. 4 Y el pregonero pregonaba en alta voz: Mándase a vosotros, oh pueblos, naciones, y lenguas, 5 al oír el son de la bocina, de la flauta, del tamboril, del arpa, del salterio, de la zampoña, y de todo instrumento musical, os postraréis y adoraréis la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor ha levantado: 6 y cualquiera que no se postrare y la adorare, en la misma hora será echado dentro de un horno de fuego ardiendo. 7 Por lo cual, al oír todos los pueblos el son de la bocina, de la flauta, del tamboril, del arpa, del salterio, de la zampoña, y de todo instrumento músico, todos los pueblos, naciones, y lenguas, se postraron, y adoraron la estatua de oro que el rey Nabucodonosor había levantado. 8 Por esto en el mismo tiempo algunos varones caldeos se llegaron, y denunciaron de los judíos. 9 Hablando y diciendo al rey Nabucodonosor: rey, para siempre vive. 10 Tú, oh rey, pusiste ley que todo hombre al oír el son de la bocina, de la flauta, del tamboril, del arpa, del salterio, de la zampoña, y de todo instrumento musical, se postrase y adorase la estatua de oro: 11 y el que no se postrase y la adorase, fuese echado dentro del horno de fuego ardiendo. 12 Hay unos varones judíos, los cuales pusiste sobre los negocios de la provincia de Babilonia; Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego; estos varones, oh rey, no han hecho cuenta de ti; no adoran tus dioses, no adoran la estatua de oro que tú levantaste. 13 Entonces Nabucodonosor dijo con ira y con enojo que trajesen a Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego. Luego fueron traídos estos varones delante del rey. 14 Habló Nabucodonosor, y les dijo: ¿Es verdad Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego, que vosotros no honráis a mi dios, ni adoráis la estatua de oro que yo levanté? 15 Ahora, pues, ¿estáis prestos para que oyendo el son de la bocina, de la flauta, del tamboril, del arpa, del salterio, de la zampoña, y de todo instrumento de música, os postréis, y adoréis la estatua que yo hice? Porque si no la adorareis, en la misma hora seréis echados en medio del horno de fuego ardiendo; ¿y qué dios será aquel que os libre de mis manos? 16 Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego respondieron y dijeron al rey Nabucodonosor: no cuidamos de responderte sobre este negocio. 17 He aquí, nuestro Dios a quien honramos, puede librarnos del horno de fuego ardiendo; y de tu mano, oh rey, nos librará. 18 Y si no, sepas, oh rey, que a tu dios no adoraremos, y la estatua que tú levantaste, no honraremos. 19 Entonces Nabucodonosor fue lleno de ira, y se demudó la figura de su rostro sobre Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego; habló, y mandó que el horno se encendiese siete veces más de lo que cada vez solía. 20 Y mandó a hombres muy vigorosos que tenía en su ejército, que atasen a Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego, para echarlos en el horno de fuego ardiendo. 21 Entonces estos varones fueron atados con sus mantos, y sus calzas, y sus turbantes, y sus vestidos, y fueron echados dentro del horno de fuego ardiendo. 22 Porque la palabra del rey daba prisa, y había procurado que se encendiese mucho, la llama del fuego mató a aquellos hombres que habían alzado a Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego. 23 Y estos tres varones, Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego, cayeron atados dentro del horno de fuego ardiendo. 24 Entonces Nabucodonosor se espantó, y se levantó aprisa, y habló, y dijo a los de su consejo: ¿No echamos tres varones atados dentro del fuego? Ellos respondieron y dijeron al rey: Es verdad, oh rey. 25 Respondió él y dijo: He aquí que yo veo cuatro varones sueltos, que se pasean en medio del fuego, y ningún daño hay en ellos; y el parecer del cuarto es semejante al hijo de Dios. 26 Entonces Nabucodonosor se acercó a la puerta del horno de fuego ardiendo, y habló y dijo: Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego, siervos del alto Dios, salid y venid. Entonces Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego, salieron de en medio del fuego. 27 Y se juntaron los grandes, los gobernadores, y los capitanes, y los del consejo del rey, para mirar a estos varones, cómo el fuego no se enseñoreó de sus cuerpos, ni el cabello de sus cabezas fue quemado, ni sus ropas se mudaron, ni olor de fuego pasó por ello. 28 Nabucodonosor habló y dijo: Bendito el Dios de ellos, de Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego, que envió su ángel, y libró a sus siervos que esperaron en él, y el mandamiento del rey mudaron, y entregaron sus cuerpos antes que sirviesen ni adorasen otro dios que su Dios. 29 Por mí, pues, se pone decreto, que todo pueblo, nación, o lengua, que dijere blasfemia contra el Dios de Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego, sea descuartizado, y su casa sea puesta por muladar; por cuanto no hay otro dios que pueda librar como éste. 30 Entonces el rey ennobleció a Sadrac, Mesac, y Abed-nego en la provincia de Babilonia.

Chapter 4

1 Nabucodonosor rey, a todos los pueblos, naciones, y lenguas, que moran en toda la tierra: Paz os sea multiplicada: 2 Las señales y milagros que el alto Dios ha hecho conmigo, conviene que yo las publique. 3 ¡Cuán grandes son sus señales, y cuán potentes sus maravillas! Su Reino, Reino sempiterno, y su señorío hasta generación y generación. 4 Yo Nabucodonosor estaba quieto en mi casa, y floreciente en mi palacio. 5 Vi un sueño que me espantó, y las imaginaciones y visiones de mi cabeza me turbaron en mi cama. 6 Por lo cual yo puse mandamiento para hacer venir delante de mí todos los sabios de Babilonia, que me mostrasen la declaración del sueño. 7 Y vinieron magos, astrólogos, caldeos, y adivinos; y dije el sueño delante de ellos, mas nunca me mostraron su declaración; 8 hasta tanto que entró delante de mí Daniel, cuyo nombre es Beltasar, que cuando lo nombro me parece que nombro a mi dios, y en el cual hay espíritu de los ángeles santos de Dios, y dije el sueño delante de él, diciendo: 9 Beltasar, príncipe de los sabios, ya que he entendido que hay en ti espíritu de los ángeles santos de Dios, y que ningún misterio se te esconde, dime las visiones de mi sueño que he visto, y su declaración. 10 Las visiones de mi cabeza en mi cama eran: Me parecía que veía un árbol en medio de la tierra, cuya altura era grande. 11 Crecía este árbol, y se hacía fuerte, y su altura llegaba hasta el cielo, y su vista hasta el cabo de toda la tierra. 12 Su copa era hermosa, y su fruto en abundancia, y para todos había en él mantenimiento. Debajo de él se ponían a la sombra las bestias del campo, y en sus ramas hacían morada las aves del cielo, y toda carne se mantenía de él. 13 Veía en las visiones de mi cabeza en mi cama, y he aquí que un centinela y santo descendía del cielo. 14 Y clamaba fuertemente y decía así: Cortad el árbol, y desmochad sus ramas, derribad su copa, y derramad su fruto; váyanse las bestias que están debajo de él, y las aves de sus ramas. 15 Mas el tronco de sus raíces dejaréis en la tierra, y con atadura de hierro y de bronce quede atado en la hierba del campo; y sea mojado con el rocío del cielo, y su parte sea con las bestias en la hierba de la tierra. 16 Su corazón sea mudado de corazón de hombre, y le sea dado corazón de bestia, y pasen sobre él siete tiempos. 17 Por sentencia de los centinelas se acuerda el negocio, y por dicho de los santos la demanda: para que conozcan los vivientes que el Altísimo se enseñorea del reino de los hombres, y que a quien él quiere lo da, y constituye sobre él al más bajo de los hombres. 18 Yo el rey Nabucodonosor vi este sueño. Tú pues, Beltasar, dirás la declaración de él, porque todos los sabios de mi reino nunca pudieron mostrarme su interpretación; mas tú puedes, porque hay en ti espíritu de los ángeles santos de Dios. 19 Entonces Daniel, cuyo nombre era Beltasar, estuvo callando casi una hora, y sus pensamientos lo espantaban. El rey entonces habló, y dijo: Beltasar, el sueño ni su declaración te espanten. Respondió Beltasar, y dijo: Señor mío, el sueño sea para tus enemigos, y su declaración para los que mal te quieren. 20 El árbol que viste, que crecía y se hacía fuerte, y que su altura llegaba hasta el cielo, y su vista por toda la tierra; 21 y cuya copa era hermosa, y su fruto en abundancia, y que para todos había mantenimiento en él; debajo del cual moraban las bestias del campo, y en sus ramas habitaban las aves del cielo, 22 tú mismo eres, oh rey, que creciste, y te hiciste fuerte, pues creció tu grandeza, y ha llegado hasta el cielo, y tu señorío hasta el cabo de la tierra. 23 Y en cuanto a lo que vio el rey, un centinela y santo que descendía del cielo, y decía: Cortad el árbol y destruidlo; mas el tronco de sus raíces dejaréis en la tierra, y con atadura de hierro y de bronce quede atado en la hierba del campo; y sea mojado con el rocío del cielo, y su parte sea con las bestias del campo, hasta que pasen sobre él siete tiempos: 24 Esta es la declaración, oh rey, y la sentencia del Altísimo, que ha venido sobre el rey mi señor: 25 que te echarán de entre los hombres, y con las bestias del campo será tu morada, y con hierba del campo te apacentarán como a los bueyes, y con rocío del cielo serás bañado; y siete tiempos pasarán sobre ti, hasta que entiendas que el Altísimo se enseñorea del reino de los hombres, y que a quien él quisiere lo dará. 26 Y lo que dijeron, que dejasen en la tierra el tronco de las raíces del mismo árbol; tu reino se te quedará firme, para que entiendas que el señorío es en los cielos. 27 Por tanto, oh rey, aprueba mi consejo, y redime tus pecados con justicia, y tus iniquidades con misericordias de los pobres: he aquí la medicina de tu pecado. 28 Todo vino sobre el rey Nabucodonosor. 29 Al cabo de doce meses, andándose paseando sobre el palacio del reino de Babilonia, 30 habló el rey, y dijo: ¿No es ésta la gran Babilonia, que yo edifiqué para casa del reino, con la fuerza de mi fortaleza, y para gloria de mi grandeza? 31 Aún estaba la palabra en la boca del rey, cuando cae una voz del cielo: A ti dicen, rey Nabucodonosor; El reino es traspasado de ti; 32 y de entre los hombres te echan, y con las bestias del campo será tu morada, y como a los bueyes te apacentarán; y siete tiempos pasarán sobre ti, hasta que conozcas que el Altísimo se enseñorea en el reino de los hombres, y a quien él quisiere lo dará. 33 En la misma hora se cumplió la palabra sobre Nabucodonosor, y fue echado de entre los hombres; y comía hierba como los bueyes, y su cuerpo se bañaba con el rocío del cielo, hasta que su pelo creció como de águila, y sus uñas como de aves. 34 Mas al fin del tiempo yo Nabucodonosor alcé mis ojos al cielo, y mi sentido me fue vuelto; y bendije al Altísimo, y alabé y glorifiqué al que vive para siempre; porque su señorío es sempiterno, y su Reino por todas las edades. 35 Y todos los moradores de la tierra por nada son contados; y en el ejército del cielo, y en los moradores de la tierra, hace según su voluntad: ni hay quien estorbe con su mano, y le diga: ¿Qué haces? 36 En el mismo tiempo mi sentido me fue vuelto, y torné a la majestad de mi reino; mi dignidad y mi grandeza volvieron a mí, y mis gobernadores y mis grandes me buscaron; y fui restituido en mi reino, y mayor grandeza me fue añadida. 37 Ahora yo, Nabucodonosor, alabo, engrandezco y glorifico al Rey del cielo, porque todas sus obras son verdad, y sus caminos juicio; y a los que andan con soberbia, puede humillar.

Chapter 5

1 El rey Belsasar hizo un gran banquete a mil de sus príncipes, y contra todos mil bebía vino. 2 Belsasar, con el gusto del vino, mandó que trajesen los vasos de oro y de plata que Nabucodonosor su padre había traído del Templo de Jerusalén; para que bebiesen con ellos el rey y sus príncipes, sus mujeres y sus concubinas. 3 Entonces fueron traídos los vasos de oro que habían traído del Templo de la Casa de Dios que estaba en Jerusalén, y bebieron con ellos el rey y sus príncipes, sus mujeres y sus concubinas. 4 Bebieron vino, y alabaron a los dioses de oro y de plata, de bronce, de hierro, de madera, y de piedra. 5 En aquella misma hora salieron unos dedos de una mano de hombre, y escribían delante del candelero sobre lo encalado de la pared del palacio real, y el rey veía la palma de la mano que escribía. 6 Entonces el rey se demudó de su color, y sus pensamientos lo turbaron, y se desataron las ceñiduras de sus lomos, y sus rodillas se batían la una con la otra. 7 El rey clamó en alta voz que hiciesen venir magos, caldeos, y adivinos. Habló el rey, y dijo a los sabios de Babilonia: Cualquiera que leyere esta escritura, y me mostrare su declaración, será vestido de púrpura, y tendrá collar de oro a su cuello; y en el reino se enseñoreará el tercero. 8 Entonces fueron introducidos todos los sabios del rey, y no pudieron leer la escritura, ni mostrar al rey su declaración. 9 Entonces el rey Belsasar fue muy turbado, y se le mudaron sus colores y se alteraron sus príncipes. 10 La reina, por las palabras del rey y de sus príncipes, entró a la sala del banquete. Habló la reina, y dijo: Rey, para siempre vive, no te asombren tus pensamientos, ni tus colores se demuden; 11 en tu reino hay un varón, en el cual mora el espíritu de los ángeles santos de Dios; y en los días de tu padre se halló en él lumbre e inteligencia y sabiduría, como conocimiento de los ángeles, al cual el rey Nabucodonosor, tu padre, constituyó príncipe sobre todos los magos, astrólogos, caldeos, y adivinos: así hizo el rey tu padre, 12 por cuanto fue hallado en él mayor espíritu, y conocimiento, y entendimiento, declarando sueños, y desatando preguntas, y soltando dudas, es a saber, en Daniel; al cual el rey puso por nombre Beltasar. Llámese, pues, ahora a Daniel, y él te mostrará la declaración. 13 Entonces Daniel fue traído delante del rey. Y habló el rey, y dijo a Daniel: ¿Eres tú aquel Daniel de los hijos de la cautividad de Judá, que mi padre trajo de Judea? 14 Yo he oído de ti que el espíritu de los ángeles santos de Dios está en ti, y que en ti se halló lumbre, y entendimiento y mayor sabiduría. 15 Y ahora fueron traídos delante de mí, sabios, astrólogos, que leyesen esta escritura, y me mostrasen su declaración, pero no han podido mostrar la declaración del negocio. 16 Yo pues he oído de ti que puedes declarar las dudas, y desatar dificultades. Si ahora pudieres leer esta escritura, y mostrarme su declaración, serás vestido de púrpura, y collar de oro será puesto en tu cuello, y en el reino serás el tercer señor. 17 Entonces Daniel respondió, y dijo delante del rey: Tus dones sean para ti, y tus presentes dalos a otro. La escritura yo la leeré al rey, y le mostraré la declaración. 18 El Altísimo Dios, oh rey, dio a Nabucodonosor tu padre el reino, y la grandeza, y la gloria, y la hermosura. 19 y por la grandeza que le dio, todos los pueblos, naciones, y lenguas, temblaban y temían delante de él. A los que él quería mataba, y a los que quería daba vida; a los que quería engrandecía, y a los que quería humillaba. 20 Mas cuando su corazón se ensoberbeció, y su espíritu se endureció en altivez, fue depuesto del trono de su reino, y traspasaron de él la gloria. 21 Y fue echado de entre los hijos de los hombres; y su corazón fue puesto con las bestias, y con los asnos monteses fue su morada. Hierba le hicieron comer, como a buey, y su cuerpo fue bañado con el rocío del cielo, hasta que conoció que el Altísimo Dios se enseñorea del reino de los hombres, y que pondrá sobre él al que quisiere. 22 Y tú, su hijo Belsasar, no has humillado tu corazón, sabiendo todo esto; 23 y contra el Señor del cielo te has ensoberbecido, e hiciste traer delante de ti los vasos de su Casa, y tú y tus príncipes, tus mujeres y tus concubinas, bebisteis vino en ellos: además de esto, a dioses de plata y de oro, de bronce, de hierro, de madera, y de piedra, que ni ven, ni oyen, ni saben, diste alabanza; y al Dios en cuya mano está tu alma, y cuyos son todos tus caminos, nunca honraste. 24 Entonces de su presencia fue enviada la palma de la mano que esculpió esta escritura. 25 Y la escritura que esculpió es: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPARSIN. 26 La declaración del negocio es: MENE: Contó Dios tu reino, y lo ha rematado. 27 TEKEL: Pesado has sido en balanza, y fuiste hallado falto. 28 PERES: Tu reino ha sido roto, y es dado a los medos y a los persias. 29 Entonces, mandándolo Belsasar, vistieron a Daniel de púrpura, y en su cuello fue puesto un collar de oro, y pregonaron de él que fuese el tercer señor en el reino. 30 La misma noche fue muerto Belsasar, rey de los caldeos. 31 Y Darío de Media tomó el reino, siendo de sesenta y dos años.

Chapter 6

1 Pareció bien delante de Darío constituir sobre el reino ciento veinte gobernadores, que estuviesen en todo el reino. 2 Y sobre ellos tres presidentes, de los cuales Daniel era el primero, a quienes estos gobernadores diesen cuenta, para que el rey no tuviese molestia. 3 Entonces el mismo Daniel era superior a estos gobernadores y presidentes, porque había en él más abundancia de Espíritu: y el rey pensaba ponerlo sobre todo el reino. 4 Entonces los presidentes y gobernadores buscaban ocasiones contra Daniel por parte del reino; mas no podían hallar alguna ocasión o falta, porque él era fiel, y ningún vicio ni falta fue en él hallado. 5 Entonces estos varones dijeron: Nunca hallaremos contra este Daniel ocasión alguna, si no la hallamos contra él en la ley de su Dios. 6 Entonces estos gobernadores y presidentes se juntaron delante del rey, y le dijeron así: rey Darío, para siempre vive: 7 Todos los presidentes del reino, magistrados, gobernadores, grandes y capitanes, han acordado por consejo, promulgar un edicto real, y confirmarlo: Que cualquiera que demandare petición de cualquier dios u hombre por espacio de treinta días, sino de ti, oh rey, sea echado en el foso de los leones. 8 Ahora, oh rey, confirma el edicto, y firma la escritura, para que no se pueda mudar, conforme a la ley de Media y de Persia, que no se quebranta. 9 Por esta causa el rey Darío firmó la escritura y el edicto. 10 Y Daniel, cuando supo que la escritura estaba firmada, entró en su casa, y abiertas las ventanas de su cenadero que estaban hacia Jerusalén, se arrodillaba tres veces al día, y oraba, y confesaba delante de su Dios, como lo solía hacer antes. 11 Entonces se juntaron aquellos hombres, y hallaron a Daniel orando y rogando delante de su Dios. 12 Fueron luego, y hablaron delante del rey acerca del edicto real: ¿No confirmaste edicto que cualquiera que pidiere a cualquier dios u hombre por espacio de treinta días, sino a ti, oh rey, fuese echado en el foso de los leones? Respondió el rey y dijo: Verdad es, conforme a la ley de Media y de Persia, que no se quebranta. 13 Entonces respondieron y dijeron delante del rey: Daniel, que es de los hijos de la cautividad de los judíos, no ha hecho cuenta de ti, oh rey, ni del edicto que confirmaste; antes tres veces al día hace su petición. 14 El rey entonces, oyendo el negocio, le pesó en gran manera, y sobre Daniel puso corazón para librarlo; y hasta la puesta del sol trabajó para librarle. 15 Entonces aquellos varones se reunieron cerca del rey, y le dijeron: Sepas, oh rey, que es ley de Media y de Persia, que ningún decreto u ordenanza que el rey confirmare puede ser mudada. 16 Entonces el rey mandó, y trajeron a Daniel, y le echaron en el foso de los leones. Y hablando el rey dijo a Daniel: El Dios tuyo, a quien tú continuamente sirves, él te libre. 17 Y fue traída una piedra, y puesta sobre la puerta del foso, la cual selló el rey con su anillo, y con el anillo de sus príncipes, para que el acuerdo acerca de Daniel no se mudase. 18 Luego el rey se fue a su palacio, y se acostó en ayuno; ni instrumentos de música fueron traídos delante de él, y el sueño huyó de él. 19 El rey, por tanto, se levantó de mañana al amanecer, y fue aprisa al foso de los leones. 20 Y llegándose cerca del foso llamó a voces a Daniel con voz triste; y hablando el rey dijo a Daniel: Daniel, siervo del Dios viviente, el Dios tuyo, a quien tú continuamente sirves ¿te ha podido librar de los leones? 21 Entonces habló Daniel con el rey: oh rey, para siempre vive. 22 El Dios mío envió su ángel, el cual cerró la boca de los leones, para que no me hiciesen mal; porque delante de él se halló justicia en mí; y aun delante de ti, oh rey, yo no he hecho corrupción. 23 Entonces se alegró el rey en gran manera a causa de él, y mandó sacar a Daniel del foso; y fue Daniel sacado del foso, y ninguna lesión se halló en él, porque creyó en su Dios. 24 Y mandándolo el rey fueron traídos aquellos varones que habían acusado a Daniel, y fueron echados en el foso de los leones, ellos, sus hijos, y sus mujeres; y aún no habían llegado al suelo del foso, cuando los leones se apoderaron de ellos, y quebrantaron todos sus huesos. 25 Entonces el rey Darío escribió a todos los pueblos, naciones, y lenguas, que habitan en toda la tierra: Paz os sea multiplicada: 26 De parte mía es puesta ordenanza, que en todo el señorío de mi reino todos teman y tiemblen de la presencia del Dios de Daniel, porque él es el Dios Viviente y permanente por todos los siglos, y su Reino tal que no se deshará, y su señorío hasta el fin: 27 Que salva y libra, y hace señales y maravillas en el cielo y en la tierra; el cual libró a Daniel del poder de los leones. 28 Y este Daniel fue prosperado durante el reinado de Darío, y durante el reinado de Ciro, el persa.

Chapter 7

1 En el primer año de Belsasar rey de Babilonia, vio Daniel un sueño y visiones de su cabeza en su cama; luego escribió el sueño, y anotó la suma de los negocios. 2 Habló Daniel y dijo: Veía yo en mi visión siendo de noche, y he aquí que los cuatro vientos del cielo combatían el gran mar. 3 Y cuatro bestias grandes, diferentes la una de la otra, subían del mar. 4 La primera era como león, y tenía alas de águila. Yo estaba mirando hasta tanto que sus alas fueron arrancadas, y fue quitada de la tierra; y se puso enhiesta sobre los pies a manera de hombre, y le fue dado corazón de hombre. 5 Y he aquí otra segunda bestia, semejante a un oso, la cual se puso al lado, y tenía tres costillas entre sus dientes; y le fue dicho así: Levántate, devora mucha carne. 6 Después de esto yo miraba, y he aquí otra, semejante a un tigre, y tenía cuatro alas de ave en sus espaldas; tenía también esta bestia cuatro cabezas; y le fue dada potestad. 7 Después de esto miraba yo en las visiones de la noche, y he aquí la cuarta bestia, espantosa y terrible, y en gran manera fuerte; la cual tenía unos dientes grandes de hierro; devoraba y desmenuzaba, y las sobras hollaba con sus pies; y era muy diferente de todas las bestias que habían sido antes de ella, y tenía diez cuernos. 8 Estando yo contemplando los cuernos, he aquí que otro cuerno pequeño subía entre ellos, y delante de él fueron arrancados tres cuernos de los primeros; y he aquí, en este cuerno había ojos como ojos de hombre, y una boca que hablaba grandezas. 9 Estuve mirando hasta que fueron puestas sillas; y un Anciano de gran edad se sentó, cuyo vestido era blanco como la nieve, y el pelo de su cabeza como lana limpia; su silla llama de fuego, sus ruedas fuego ardiente. 10 Un río de fuego procedía y salía de delante de él; millares de millares le servían, y millones de millones asistían delante de él: el Juez se sentó, y los libros se abrieron. 11 Yo entonces miraba a causa de la voz de las grandes palabras que hablaba el cuerno; miraba hasta tanto que mataron a la bestia, y su cuerpo fue deshecho, y entregado para ser quemado en el fuego. 12 Habían también quitado a las otras bestias su señorío, porque les había sido prolongada la vida tiempo y tiempo. 13 Veía en la visión de la noche, y he aquí en las nubes del cielo como un hijo de hombre que venía, y llegó hasta el Anciano de gran edad, y le hicieron llegar delante de él. 14 Y le dio señorío, y gloria, y reino; y todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas le sirvieron; su señorío, señorío eterno, que no será transitorio, y su Reino que no se corromperá. 15 Mi espíritu fue turbado, yo Daniel, en medio de mi cuerpo, y las visiones de mi cabeza me asombraron. 16 Me acerqué a uno de los que asistían, y le pregunté la verdad acerca de todo esto. Y me habló, y me declaró la interpretación de los negocios. 17 Estas grandes bestias, las cuales son cuatro, cuatro reyes son, que se levantarán en la tierra. 18 Y tomarán el Reino del Santo Altísimo, y poseerán el Reino hasta el siglo, y hasta el siglo de los siglos. 19 Entonces tuve deseo de saber la verdad acerca de la cuarta bestia, que tan diferente era de todas las otras, espantosa en gran manera, que tenía dientes de hierro, y sus uñas eran de bronce, que devoraba y desmenuzaba, y las sobras hollaba con sus pies; 20 asimismo acerca de los diez cuernos que estaban en su cabeza, y del otro que había subido, de delante del cual habían caído tres; y este mismo cuerno tenía ojos, y boca que hablaba grandezas, y su parecer era mayor que el de sus compañeros. 21 Y veía yo que este cuerno hacía guerra contra los santos, y los vencía, 22 hasta tanto que vino el Anciano de gran edad, y se dio el juicio a los santos del Altísimo; y vino el tiempo, y los santos poseyeron el Reino. 23 Dijo así: La cuarta bestia será un cuarto rey en la tierra, el cual será más grande que todos los otros reinos, y a toda la tierra devorará, y la trillará, y la desmenuzará. 24 Y los diez cuernos significan que de aquel reino se levantarán diez reyes; y tras ellos se levantará otro, el cual será mayor que los primeros, y a tres reyes derribará. 25 Y hablará palabras contra el Altísimo, y a los santos del Altísimo quebrantará, y pensará en mudar los tiempos y la ley; y serán entregados en su mano hasta tiempo, y tiempos, y el medio de un tiempo. 26 Y se sentará el Juez, y le quitarán su señorío, para destruir y para echar a perder hasta el fin; 27 y que el reino, y el señorío, y la majestad de los reinos debajo de todo el cielo, sea dado al santo pueblo del Altísimo; Su Reino, será Reino eterno, y todos los señoríos le servirán y escucharán. 28 Hasta aquí fue el fin de la palabra. Yo Daniel, mucho me turbaron mis pensamientos, y mi rostro se me mudó; mas la palabra la guardé en mi corazón.

Chapter 8

1 En el año tercero del reinado del rey Belsasar, me apareció una visión a mí, Daniel, después de aquella que me había aparecido antes. 2 Vi en visión, (y aconteció cuando la vi, que yo estaba en Susa, que es cabecera del reino en la provincia de Persia;) así que vi en aquella visión, estando junto al río Ulai, 3 y alcé mis ojos, y miré, y he aquí un carnero que estaba delante del río, el cual tenía dos cuernos: y aunque eran altos, el uno era más alto que el otro; y el más alto subía a la postre. 4 Vi que el carnero hería con los cuernos al poniente, al norte, y al mediodía, y que ninguna bestia podía parar delante de él, ni había quien escapase de su mano; y hacía conforme a su voluntad, y se engrandecía. 5 Y estando yo considerando, he aquí un macho cabrío venía de la parte del poniente sobre la faz de toda la tierra, el cual no tocaba la tierra; y tenía aquel macho cabrío un cuerno notable entre sus ojos. 6 Y vino hasta el carnero que tenía los dos cuernos, al cual había yo visto que estaba delante del río, y corrió contra él con la ira de su fortaleza. 7 Y lo vi que llegaba junto al carnero, y se levantó contra él, y lo hirió, y quebró sus dos cuernos, porque en el carnero no había fuerzas para parar delante de él; lo derribó por tanto en tierra, y lo holló; ni hubo quien librase al carnero de su mano. 8 Y se engrandeció en gran manera el macho cabrío; y estando en su mayor fuerza, aquel gran cuerno fue quebrado, y en su lugar subieron otros cuatro maravillosos hacia los cuatro vientos del cielo. 9 Y del primero de ellos salió un cuerno pequeño, el cual creció mucho al mediodía, y al oriente, y hacia la tierra deseable. 10 Y se engrandeció hasta el ejército del cielo; y parte del ejército y de las estrellas echó por tierra, y las holló. 11 Hasta contra el emperador del ejército se engrandeció, y por él fue quitado el continuo sacrificio, y el lugar de su santuario fue echado a tierra. 12 Y el ejército fue entregado a causa de la prevaricación sobre el continuo sacrificio; y echó por tierra la Verdad, e hizo cuanto quiso, y le sucedió prósperamente. 13 Y oí un santo que hablaba; y otro de los santos dijo a aquél que hablaba: ¿Hasta cuándo durará la visión del continuo sacrificio, y la prevaricación asoladora que pone el santuario y el ejército para ser hollado? 14 Y él me dijo: Hasta dos mil trescientos días de tarde y mañana; y el santuario será justificado. 15 Y acaeció que estando yo Daniel considerando la visión, y buscando su entendimiento, he aquí, como una semejanza de hombre se puso delante de mí. 16 Y oí una voz de hombre entre las riberas del Ulai, que gritó y dijo: Gabriel, enseña la visión a éste. 17 Vino luego cerca de donde yo estaba; y con su venida me asombré, y caí sobre mi rostro; y él me dijo: Entiende, hijo de hombre, porque al tiempo señalado se cumplirá la visión. 18 Y estando él hablando conmigo, caí dormido en tierra sobre mi rostro; y él me tocó, y me tornó en mi estado. 19 Y dijo: He aquí yo te enseñaré lo que ha de venir en el fin de la ira, porque al tiempo señalado se cumplirá. 20 Aquel carnero que viste, que tenía cuernos, son los reyes de Media y de Persia. 21 Y el macho cabrío es el rey de Grecia; y el cuerno grande que tenía entre sus ojos es el rey primero. 22 Y que fue quebrado y sucedieron cuatro en su lugar, significa que cuatro reinos sucederán de la misma nación, mas no en la fortaleza de él. 23 Y al cabo del imperio de éstos, cuando los prevaricadores estan en su colmo, se levantará un rey altivo de rostro, y entendido en dudas. 24 Y su fortaleza se fortalecerá, mas no con fuerza suya, y destruirá maravillosamente, y prosperará; y hará a su voluntad, y destruirá fuertes y al pueblo de los santos. 25 Y con su entendimiento hará prosperar el engaño en su mano; y en su corazón se engrandecerá, y con paz destruirá a muchos; y contra el Príncipe de los príncipes se levantará; y sin mano será quebrantado. 26 Y la visión de la tarde y la mañana que está dicha, es verdadera; y tú guarda la visión, porque es para muchos días. 27 Y yo Daniel fui quebrantado, y estuve enfermo algunos días; y cuando convalecí, hice el negocio del rey; mas estaba espantado acerca de la visión, y no había quien la entendiese.