He said, "Daniel, you who are highly esteemed,1 consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up,2 for I have now been sent to you." And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.
Then he continued, "Do not be afraid,3 Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble4 yourself before your God, your words5 were heard, and I have come in response to them.613
But the prince7 of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael,8 one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.
Now I have come to explain9 to you what will happen to your people in the future,10 for the vision concerns a time yet to come.11"