In the thirdyear of 1Cyrusking of Persia a amessage was revealed to 2Daniel, who was namedBelteshazzar; and the b3message was true and one of greatcconflict, but he understood the dmessage and had an 4understanding of the vision.
In thosedays, I, Daniel, had been5mourning for threeentireweeks.
I 6did not eat any etastyfood, nor did meat or wineenter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entirethreeweeks were completed.
On the twenty-fourthday of the firstmonth, while I was by the bank of the great7river, that is, the fTigris,
I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certainman8dressed in linen, whose waist was 9girded with a belt of pure10gold of Uphaz.
His body also was like gberyl, his facehhad the appearance of lightning, 11his eyes were like flamingtorches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polishedbronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a itumult.
Now I, Daniel, 12alonesaw the vision, while the 13menwho were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great14dreadfell on them, and they ranaway to hide themselves.
So I was 15leftalone and sawthisgreatvision; yet 16nostrength was left in me, for my jnaturalcolorturned to ka deathlypallor, and I retainednostrength.
But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I 17fell into a deepsleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
Then behold, a hand18touched me and set me trembling on my lhands and knees.
He said to me, "O 19Daniel, man of mhighesteem, 20understand the words that I am about to tell you and 21standnupright , for I have now been sent to you." And when he had spokenthisword to me, I stood up 22trembling.
Then he said to me, "23Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the firstday that you set your heart on understanding this and on 24humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response 25to your words.
"But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was owithstanding me for twenty-onedays; then behold, 26Michael, one of the chiefprinces, came to help me, for I had been leftthere with the kings of Persia.
"Now I have come to 27give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the p28latterdays, for the vision pertains to 29the daysyet future."
When he had spoken to me according to thesewords, I qturned my face toward the ground and became30speechless.
And behold, r31one whoresembled a humanbeing was 32touching my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who was standingbefore me, "O my lord, as a result of the visions33anguish has come upon me, and I have retainednostrength.
"For 34howcansuch a servant of my lordtalk with such as my lord? As for me, there remains just now35nostrength in me, nor has any breath been left in me."
Then this one with humanappearancetouched me again and 36strengthened me.
He said, "O man of thighesteem, 37do not be afraid. Peaceube with you; take38courage and be courageous!" Now as soon as he spoke to me, I receivedstrength and said, "May my lordspeak, for you have 39strengthened me."
Then he said, "Do you vunderstandwhy I came to you? But I shall nowreturn to fightagainst the wprince of Persia; so I am goingforth, and behold, the x40prince of yGreece is about to come.
21"However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of 41truth. Yet there is noone who zstandsfirmly with me againstthese forces except42Michael your prince.