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Daniel 7 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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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 [fn]in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and told the [fn]following summary of [fn]it.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:2 - Daniel [fn]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 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 [fn]mind also was given to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:5 - “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!’
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 dominion was given to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:7 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:8 - “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, [fn]this horn possessed eyes like human eyes, and a mouth uttering great boasts.

The Ancient of Days Reigns

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:9 -

“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 [fn]ablaze with flames,

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 serving Him,

And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;

The court [fn]convened,

And the books were opened.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:11 -

“Then I kept looking because of the sound of the [fn]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 dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.

The Son of Man Presented

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 was presented before Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:14 -

“And to Him was given dominion,

Honor, and [fn]a kingdom,

So that all the peoples, nations, and populations of all [fn]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.

The Vision Interpreted

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:15 -

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

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:16 - “I approached one of those who were standing by and began requesting of him the [fn]exact meaning of all this. So he told 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 take possession of 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, exceedingly dreadful, 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 the horns fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering 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 [fn]saints and prevailing against them,
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:22 - until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was [fn]passed in favor of the [fn]saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the [fn]saints took possession of the kingdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:23 -

“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.

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 [fn]humble three kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:25 - ‘And he will [fn]speak against the Most High and wear down the [fn]saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and [fn]they will be handed over to him for a [fn]time, [fn]times, and half a [fn]time.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:26 - ‘But the court will [fn]convene for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, [fn]annihilated and destroyed [fn]forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:27 - ‘Then the [fn]sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the [fn]saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the empires will serve and obey Him.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:28 -

[fn]At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my [fn]face became pale, but I kept the matter [fn]to myself.”

NASB20 Footnotes
Lit of his head
Or beginning
Lit words
Lit began speaking and said
Lit heart
Or sides
Lit in this horn were eyes
Lit flames of fire
Lit took its place
Lit great
Lit of the fire
Or sovereignty
Lit tongues
Lit its sheath
Lit of my head
Lit what was certain
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Lit and unto the age of the ages
Lit truth concerning
Lit of them
Lit its appearance was larger
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Lit given for
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Or humiliate
Lit speak words
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
I.e., the saints
I.e., year(s)
I.e., year(s)
I.e., year(s)
Lit take its place
Lit to annihilate and to destroy
Lit to the end
Or kingdom
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Lit To here the end of the word
Lit brightness was changing upon me
Lit in my heart

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