In the third year of Koresh king of Persia, a word was revealed to Dani'el, also called Belt'shatzar. The word was certain: a great war. He understood the word, having gained understanding in the vision.
At that time I, Dani'el, had been mourning for three whole weeks.
I hadn't eaten any food that satisfied me - neither meat nor wine had entered my mouth, and I didn't anoint myself once, until three full weeks had passed.
On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, I was on the bank of the great river, the Tigris,
when I looked up, and there before me was a man dressed in linen wearing a belt made of fine Ufaz gold.
His body was like beryl, his face looked like lightning and his eyes like fiery torches; his arms and feet were the color of burnished bronze; and when he spoke, it sounded like the roar of a crowd.
Only I, Dani'el, saw the vision; the men who were with me did not see the vision; however, a great trembling fell over them; so that they rushed to hide themselves.
Thus I was left alone; and when I saw this great vision, there was no strength left in me - my face, normally pleasant-looking, became disfigured; and I had no strength.
I heard his voice speaking; and when I heard him speaking, I fell down in a faint, with my face to the ground.
Then a hand touched me and raised me, tottering, to my hands and knees.
He said to me, "Dani'el, you are a greatly loved man. Now pay attention to the words I am saying to you, and stand upright; for it is to you that I have been sent now."After he had said this to me, I stood up, trembling.
Then he said to me, "Don't be afraid, Dani'el; because since the first day that you determined to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard; and I have come because of what you said.
The prince of the kingdom of Persia prevented me from coming for twenty-one days; but Mikha'el, one of the chief princes, came to assist me; so that I was no longer needed there with the kings of Persia.
So I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the acharit-hayamim; for there is still another vision which will relate to those days."
After he had said these things to me, I looked down at the ground and couldn't speak.
Then someone who looked like a human being touched my lips, after which I could open my mouth and speak; I said to the one standing in front of me, "My lord, it is because of the vision that I am seized with such anguish; I don't have any strength.
For how can this servant of my lord speak with my lord, when my strength and breath have failed me?"
Then, again someone who looked human touched me and revived me.
He said, "You man so greatly loved, don't be afraid. Shalom to you; and be strong, yes, truly strong." His speaking to me strengthened me, and I said, "My lord, keep speaking; because you've given me strength."
Then he said, "Do you know why I came to you? Although now I must return to fight the prince of Persia; and when I leave, the prince of Greece will come;
nevertheless, I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. There is no one standing with me against them except Mikha'el your prince;