In the third year that Cyrus was emperor of Persia, a message was revealed to Daniel, who is also called Belteshazzar. The message was true but extremely hard to understand. It was explained to him in a vision.
At that time I was mourning for three weeks.
I did not eat any rich food or any meat, drink any wine, or comb my hair until the three weeks were past.
On the twenty-fourth day of the first month of the year I was standing on the bank of the mighty Tigris River.
I looked up and saw someone who was wearing linen clothes and a belt of fine gold. 1
His body shone like a jewel. His face was as bright as a flash of lightning, and his eyes blazed like fire. His arms and legs shone like polished bronze, and his voice sounded like the roar of a great crowd.
I was the only one who saw the vision. Those who were with me did not see anything, but they were terrified and ran and hid.