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Prophets After the Exile

(Category 12 of 16)

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Vision of the Four Beasts


1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, aDaniel 1had a dream and bvisions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling 2the main facts.
2 Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in

CHAPTER 7 References

1 a[Amos 3:7] b[Dan. 2:28] 1Lit. saw 2Lit.
the head or
chief of the
3 aRev. 13:1;
4 aDeut. 28:49
bDan. 4:16, 34
5 aDan. 2:39
6 aDan. 8:8, 22
7 aDan. 2:40
bRev. 12:3;
8 aDan. 8:9
bRev. 9:7 cRev.
13:5, 6 1Lit.
great things
9 a[Rev. 20:4] bPs. 90:2 cRev.
1:14 dEzek.
1:15 1Or set
10 aIs. 30:33;
66:15 bRev.
5:11 c[Rev.
20:11–15] 1Or
11 a[Rev.
19:20; 20:10] 1Lit. great


my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.
3 “And four great beasts acame up from the sea, each different from the other.
4 “The first was alike a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a bman’s heart was given to it.
5 a“And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
6 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had afour heads, and dominion was given to it.
7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, aa fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, band it had ten horns.
8 “I was considering the horns, and athere was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes bof a man, cand a mouth speaking 1pompous words.

Vision of the Ancient of Days

9 “Ia watched till thrones were 1put in place, And bthe Ancient of Days was seated; cHis garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, dIts wheels a burning fire;
10 aA fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. bA thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. cThe 1court was seated, And the books were opened.

11 “I watched then because of the sound of the 1pompous words which the horn was speaking; aI watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame.
12 “As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

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13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, aOne like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.
14 aThen to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all bpeoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is can everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel’s Visions Interpreted

15 “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit 1within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16 “I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:
17 ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four 1kings which arise out of the earth.
18 ‘But athe saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’
19 “Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet;
20 “and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke 1pompous words,whose appearance was greater than his fellows.
21 “I was watching; aand the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them,
22 “until the Ancient of Days came, aand a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
23 “Thus he said:

‘The fourth beast shall be aA fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.
24 aThe ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom.

13 a[Matt.
24:30; 26:64
14 a[John 3:35,
36] bDan. 3:4
cMic. 4:7
15 1Lit. in the
midst of its
17 1Representing
their kingdoms,
v. 23
18 aIs.
20 1Lit. great
21 aRev. 11:7;
13:7; 17:14
22 a[Rev. 1:6] 23 aDan. 2:40
24 aRev. 13:1;
25 aRev. 13:1–6
bRev. 17:6
cDan. 2:21
dRev. 13:7;
18:24 eRev.
12:14 1Lit.
wear out
26 a[Dan. 2:35;
7:10, 22] bRev.
27 aDan. 7:14,
18, 22 b[Luke
1:33, 34] cIs.
28 aDan. 8:27
bLuke 2:19, 51
1Lit. word

CHAPTER 8 References

1 aDan. 7:1
1The Hebrew
resumes in
Dan. 8:1.
2 aEsth. 1:2;
2:8 1Or Susa
2Or fortified
3 aDan. 7:5
4 aDan. 5:19
1Lit. stand
before him
5 aDan. 8:8,
21; 11:3

And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.
25 aHe shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall bpersecute1 the saints of the Most High, And shall cintend to change times and law. Then dthe saints shall be given into his hand eFor a time and times and half a time.

26 ‘Buta the court shall be seated, And they shall btake away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever.
27 Then the akingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. bHis kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, cAnd all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

28 “This is the end of the 1account. As for me, Daniel, amy thoughts greatly troubled me, and my countenance changed; but I bkept the matter in my heart.”

Vision of a Ram and a Goat


1 In1 the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me—to me, Daniel—after the one that appeared to me athe first time.
2 I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in aShushan,1 the 2citadel, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai.
3 Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was ahigher than the other, and the higher one came up last.
4 I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could 1withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, abut he did according to his will and became great.
5 And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable ahorn between his eyes.
6 Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power.

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7 And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, 1attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand.
8 Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it afour notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.
9 aAnd out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, btoward the east, and toward the cGlorious Land.
10 aAnd it grew up to bthe host of heaven; and cit cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them.
11 aHe even exalted himself as high as bthe Prince of the host; cand by him dthe daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of 1His sanctuary was cast down.
12 Because of transgression, aan army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast btruth down to the ground. He cdid all this and prospered.
13 Then I heard aa holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression 1of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”
14 And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred 1days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”

Gabriel Interprets the Vision

15 Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and awas seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me bone having the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man’s voice abetween the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, b“Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.”
17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and afell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”
18 aNow, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; bbut he touched me, and stood me upright.
19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; afor at the appointed time the end shall be.
20 “The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia.
21 “And the 1male goat is the

7 1Lit. struck
8 aDan. 7:6;
8:22; 11:4
9 aDan. 11:21
bDan. 11:25
cPs. 48:2
10 aDan. 11:28
bIs. 14:13
cRev. 12:4
11 aDan. 8:25;
11:36, 37
bJosh. 5:14
cDan. 11:31;
12:11 dEx.
29:38 1The
12 aDan. 11:31
bIs. 59:14
cDan. 8:4;
13 aDan. 4:13,
23 1Or making
14 1Lit.
15 a1 Pet. 1:10
bEzek. 1:26
16 aDan. 12:6,
7 bLuke 1:19,
17 aRev. 1:17
18 aLuke 9:32
bEzek. 2:2
19 aHab. 2:3
21 aDan. 11:3
1shaggy male
2Lit. king, representing
Dan. 7:17, 23
22 aDan. 11:4
23 aDeut.
28:50 1Lit.
24 aRev. 17:13
bDan. 11:36
cDan. 7:25 1Or
25 aDan. 11:21
bDan. 8:11–13;
11:36; 12:7
cRev. 19:19, 20
dJob 34:20
1Lit. hand
2Lit. hand
26 aEzek.
27 aDan. 7:28;
8:17 1amazed

CHAPTER 9 References

1 aDan. 1:21
2 a2 Chr. 36:21
3 aNeh. 1:4
4 aEx. 20:6
5 a1 Kin. 8:47,


2kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes ais the first king.
22 a“As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.

23 “And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, aHaving fierce 1features, Who understands sinister schemes.
24 His power shall be mighty, abut not by his own power; He shall destroy 1fearfully, bAnd shall prosper and thrive; cHe shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.

25 “Througha his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his 1rule; bAnd he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. cHe shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be dbroken without human 2means.

26 “And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; aTherefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.”

27 aAnd I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for days; afterward I arose and went about the king’s business. I was 1astonished by the vision, but no one understood it.

Daniel’s Prayer for the People


1 In the first year aof Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—
2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through aJeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 aThen I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O aLord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,
5 a“we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from

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Your precepts and Your judgments.
6 a“Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land.
7 “O Lord, arighteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You.
8 “O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
9 a“To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
10 “We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets.
11 “Yes, aall Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the bLaw of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.
12 “And He has aconfirmed His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; bfor under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem.
13 a“As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; byet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth.
14 “Therefore the LORD has akept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for bthe LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice.
15 “And now, O Lord our God, awho brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself ba name, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have done wickedly!
16 “O Lord, aaccording to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, bYour holy mountain; because for our sins, cand for the iniquities of our fathers, dJerusalem and Your people eare a reproach to all those around us.
17 “Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, aand bfor the Lord’s sake 1cause Your face to shine on 2Your sanctuary, cwhich is desolate.
18 a“O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes band see

6 a2 Chr. 36:15
7 aNeh. 9:33
9 a[Ps. 130:4,
7] 11 aIs. 1:3–6
bLev. 26:14
12 aZech. 1:6
bLam. 1:12;
13 aDeut.
28:15–68 bIs.
14 aJer. 31:28;
44:27 bNeh.
15 aNeh. 1:10
bNeh. 9:10
16 a1 Sam.
12:7 bZech.
8:3 cEx. 20:5
dLam. 2:16
ePs. 79:4
17 aNum.
6:24–26 bLam.
5:18 c[John
16:24] 1Be
gracious 2The
18 aIs. 37:17
bEx. 3:7 cJer.
21 aDan. 8:16
1Or being
weary with
23 aDan.
10:11, 19
bMatt. 24:15
1Lit. word
24 a[Is. 53:10] bRev. 14:6 cPs.
45:7 1Lit.
sevens, and
so throughout
the chapter
2So with Qr.,
LXX, Syr.,
Vg.; Kt.,
Theodotion To
seal up 3The
Most Holy
25 aJohn 1:41;
4:25 bIs. 55:4
1Or open
square 2Or
26 a[Is. 53:8];
b[1 Pet. 2:21] cMatt. 22:7
dLuke 19:43,
44 1Suffer the
death penalty
27 aIs. 42:6
b[Matt. 26:28] 1Or treaty

our desolations, and the city cwhich is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies.
19 “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

The Seventy-Weeks Prophecy

20 Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God,
21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man aGabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, 1being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand.
23 “At the beginning of your supplications the 1command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly abeloved; therefore bconsider the matter, and understand the vision:

24 “Seventy 1weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, 2To make an end of sins, aTo make reconciliation for iniquity, bTo bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, cAnd to anoint 3the Most Holy.

25 “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until aMessiah bthe Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The 1street shall be built again, and the 2wall, Even in troublesome times.

26 “And after the sixty-two weeks aMessiah shall 1be cut off, bbut not for Himself; And cthe people of the prince who is to come dShall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm aa 1covenant with bmany for one week;

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But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, cEven until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the 2desolate.”

27 cDan. 11:36
2Or desolator

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Prayer for Safety from Enemies

To the Chief Musician. Set to 1“Do Not Destroy.” A Michtam of David awhen he fled from Saul into the cave.

1 BE merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; aAnd in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, bUntil these calamities have passed by.

2 I will cry out to God Most High, To God awho performs all things for me.
3 aHe shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who 1would swallow me up. Selah God bshall send forth His mercy and His truth.

4 My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men Who are set on fire, aWhose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword.

PSALM 57 References

title a1 Sam.
22:1 1Heb. Al
1 aRuth 2:12;
Ps. 17:8; 63:7
bIs. 26:20
2 a[Ps. 138:8] 3 aPs. 144:5, 7
bPs. 43:3
1snaps at or
hounds me, or
crushes me
4 aProv. 30:14
5 aPs. 108:5
6 aPs. 9:15
7 aPs. 108:1–5
8 aPs. 16:9
9 aPs. 108:3
10 aPs. 103:11
11 aPs. 57:5

5 aBe exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.

6 aThey have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They have dug a pit before me; Into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah

7 aMy heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake,amy glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.

9 aI will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the 1nations.
10 aFor Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, And Your truth unto the clouds.

11 aBe exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.




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