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Daniel 7 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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The Vision of the Four Beasts

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:1 -

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his head as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and said the [fn]following summary of the matter.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:2 - Daniel answered and said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:3 - “And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:4 - “The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; and a heart of a man was given to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:5 - “And behold, another beast, a second one in the likeness of a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:6 - “After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its [fn]back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and [fn]dominion was given to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:7 - “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, fearsome and terrifying and extraordinarily 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:8 - “While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, [fn]this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great boasts.

The Ancient of Days

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:9 -

“I kept looking

Until thrones were set up,

And the Ancient of Days was seated;

His clothing was like white snow

And the hair of His head like pure wool.

His throne was [fn]ablaze with fire,

Its wheels were a burning fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:10 -

“A river of fire was flowing

And coming out from before Him;

Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,

And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;

The court sat,

And the books were opened.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:11 -

“Then I kept looking because of the sound of the great 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 [fn]fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:12 - “As for the rest of the beasts, their [fn]dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was given to them for an appointed season of time.

The Son of Man

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:13 -

“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 came near before Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:14 -

“And to Him was given [fn]dominion,

Glory, and a kingdom,

That all the peoples, nations, and men of every tongue

Might serve Him.

His [fn]dominion is an everlasting [fn]dominion

Which will not be taken away;

And His kingdom is one

Which will not be destroyed.

The Vision Interpreted

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:15 -

“As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed [fn]within me, and the visions of my head kept alarming me.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:16 - “I came near to one of those who were standing by and began seeking out from him the [fn]exact meaning of all this. So he said it to me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:17 - ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:18 - ‘But the [fn]saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, [fn]for all ages to come.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:19 -

“Then I desired to know the [fn]exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all [fn]the others, extraordinarily fearsome, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:20 - and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other horn which came up and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth speaking great boasts and [fn]which was larger in appearance than its associates.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:21 - “I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overcoming them
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:22 - until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was given in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the season arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:23 -

“Thus 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 tread it down and crush it.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:24 - ‘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 make low three kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:25 - ‘He will speak words against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make changes in seasons and in law; and [fn]they will be given into his hand for a [fn]time, [fn]times, and half a [fn]time.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:26 - ‘But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, [fn]annihilated and destroyed [fn]forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:27 - ‘Then the [fn]reign, 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 dominions will serve and obey Him.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:28 -

[fn]At this point the matter of this revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me, and the [fn]splendor of my face changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.”

LSB Footnotes
Or beginning
Or sides
Or powerful reign; or in Heb powerful rule
Lit in this horn were eyes
Lit flames of fire
Lit of the fire
Or powerful reign; or in Heb powerful rule
Or powerful reign; or in Heb powerful rule
Or powerful reign; or in Heb powerful rule
Or powerful reign; or in Heb powerful rule
Lit in the midst of its sheath
Lit truth concerning
Lit holy ones, so in ch
Lit and unto the age of the ages
Lit truth concerning
Lit of them
Lit its appearance was larger
The saints
Lit to annihilate and to destroy
Lit to the end
Or kingdom
Lit To here the end of the word
Lit brightness was changing upon me

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