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 fine gold10 from Uphaz around his waist.
His body was like topaz,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; those who were 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.2110
A hand touched me22 and set me trembling on my hands and knees.2311
He said, "Daniel, you who are highly esteemed,24 consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up,25 for I have now been sent to you." And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.
Then he continued, "Do not be afraid,26 Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble27 yourself before your God, your words28 were heard, and I have come in response to them.2913
But the prince30 of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael,31 one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.
Now I have come to explain32 to you what will happen to your people in the future,33 for the vision concerns a time yet to come.34"
While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless.3516
Then one who looked like a manb touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak.36 I said to the one standing before me, "I am overcome with anguish37 because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak.
How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe."3818
Again the one who looked like a man touched39 me and gave me strength.4019
"Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,"41 he said. "Peace!42 Be strong now; be strong."43 When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, "Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength."4420
So he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece45 will come;
but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth.46 (No one supports me against them except Michael,47 your prince.