When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three weeks.
All that time I had eaten no rich food or meat, had drunk no wine, and had used no fragrant oils.
On April 23, a as I was standing beside the great Tigris River,
I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist.
His body looked like a dazzling gem. From his face came flashes like lightning, and his eyes were like flaming torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice was like the roaring of a vast multitude of people.
I, Daniel, am the only one who saw this vision. The men with me saw nothing, but they were suddenly terrified and ran away to hide.
So I was left there all alone to watch this amazing vision. My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak.
When I heard him speak, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground.
Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees.
And the man said to me, "O Daniel, greatly loved of God, listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you." When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling with fear.
Then he said, "Don't be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)