At that time Michaela the great prince who stands watch over your people will rise up. There will be a time of distressb such as never has occurred since nations came into being until that time. But at that time all your people who are found written in the book will escape.c2
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to shame and eternal contempt.d3
Those who are wise will shine like the bright expanse [of the heavens],e and those who lead many to righteousness,f like the stars forever and ever.
"But you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal the bookg until the time of the end. Many will roam about,h and knowledge will increase."i5
Then I, Daniel, looked, and two others were standing there, one on this bank of the river and one on the other.
One said to the man dressed in linen,j who was above the waters of the river,k "How long until the end of these extraordinary things?"
Then I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river. He raised both his handsl toward heaven and swore by Him who lives eternally that it would be for a time, times, and half [a time].m When the power of the holy people is shattered, all these things will be completed.
I heard but did not understand. So I asked, "My lord, what will be the outcome of these things?"
He said, "Go on your way, Daniel, for the words are secret and sealed until the time of the end.
Many will be purified, cleansed, and refined,n but the wicked will act wickedly; none of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand.