Daniel 10 (Lexham English Bible)

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Daniel’s Vision of a Dazzling Heavenly Messenger

1 In the third year of Cyrus [the] king of [the] Persians, a worda was revealed to Daniel, who was called [by] his name Belteshazzar, and the wordb [was] reliable and [it concerned] a great tribulation,c and he understood the wordd and {he received understanding}.e 2 In those days, I, Daniel, I [myself]f was [in] mourning {for three whole weeks}.g 3 I had not eaten [any] choice food, and meat and wine did not enter my mouth, and {I did not use any ointment}h {until the end of three whole weeks}.i 4 And [then] on [the] twenty-fourth day of the first month, I [myself]j was on the bank of the great river; that is, [the] Tigris. 5 And I lifted up my eyes and I saw,k and there was a man, [and] he was dressed [in] linen, and his waist was girded with [the] gold of Uphaz. 6 Now his body [was] like turquoise,l and his face [was] like [the] appearance of lightning, and his eyes [were] like torches of fire, and his arms and his legs [were] like [the] gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words [was] like [the] sound of a multitude. 7 And I saw, I, Daniel {alone},m the vision; and the people who were with me {did not see}n the vision; nevertheless, a great trembling fell upon them and they fled [in order] to hide themselves. 8 And I myself, Daniel, alone saw this great vision, and [as a result] {no strength was left in me}o and {my complexion grew deathly pale},p and I did not retain any strength. 9 And I heard the sound of his words, and {when I heard}q the sound of his words I myself [began] falling into a trance on my face, {with my face to the ground}.r 10 And look, a hand touched me and it roused me to my kneess and the palmst of my hands. 11 And he said to me, "Daniel, [a] man beloved, pay attention to the words that I [am] speaking to you and {stand upright where you are},u for I have now been sent to you." And {while he was speaking}v with me this word,w I stood up trembling. 12 And he said to me, "You must not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself {before}x your God, your words were heard, and I [myself]y have come because of your words. 13 But [the] prince of [the] kingdom of Persia stood {before me}z [for] twenty-one days. And look,aa Michael, one of the chief princes, came to assist me, and I left [him] there beside [the] king of [the] Persians. 14 And I have comebb to instruct you about whatcc will happen to your people {in the future},dd for [there is] a further vision [here] {for the future}.ee 15 And while he was speaking with me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and I was speechless. 16 Then look, there was {one in the form of a human};ff he touched my lips and I opened my mouth and I spoke and I said to the [one] standing {before me},gg "My lord, because of the vision my anxieties fell upon me and I [have] not retained [my] strength. 17 So {how am I, a servant of my lord}hh to speak with {you, my lord},ii and I {just now}jj {have no strength in me}?"kk 18 And {he again touched}ll me, {the one in the form of a human},mm and he strengthened me. 19 And he said, "You must not fear, [O] beloved man. {Peace be to you};nn be strong and be courageous!" And {when he spoke}oo with me, I was strengthened and I said, "Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me." 20 Then he asked, "Do you know why I have come to you? And now I return to fight against the prince of Persia and I [myself]pp [am] going, and look,qq [the] prince of Javanrr will come. 21 However, I will tell you {what is inscribed}ss in [the] book of truth, and there is not one [who] contends with me against these [beings] {except}tt Michael, your prince."
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