In the third year of Cyrus1 king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar).2 Its message was true3 and it concerned a great war.a The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.
At that time I, Daniel, mourned4 for three weeks.
I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips;5 and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.
On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank6 of the great river, the Tigris,75
I looked up8 and there before me was a man dressed in linen,9 with a belt of the finest gold10 around his waist.
His body was like chrysolite,11 his face like lightning,12 his eyes like flaming torches,13 his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze,14 and his voice15 like the sound of a multitude.
I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; the men with me did not see it,16 but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves.
So I was left alone,17 gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left,18 my face turned deathly pale19 and I was helpless.209
Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.21