Now in that very moment 1 this pronouncement about 2 Nebuchadnezzar came true. 3 He was driven from human society, he ate grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until his hair became long like an eagle’s feathers, and his nails like a bird’s claws. 4
While under the influence 1 of the wine, Belshazzar issued an order to bring in the gold and silver vessels – the ones that Nebuchadnezzar his father 2 had confiscated 3 from the temple in Jerusalem 4 – so that the king and his nobles, together with his wives and his concubines, could drink from them. 5
The king called out loudly 1 to summon 2 the astrologers, wise men, and diviners. The king proclaimed 3 to the wise men of Babylon that anyone who could read this inscription and disclose its interpretation would be clothed in purple 4 and have a golden collar 5 placed on his neck and be third ruler in the kingdom.
However, I have heard 1 that you are able to provide interpretations and to decipher knotty problems. Now if you are able to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, you will wear purple and have a golden collar around your neck and be third 2 ruler in the kingdom.”
The king gave another order, 1 and those men who had maliciously accused 2 Daniel were brought and thrown 3 into the lions’ den – they, their children, and their wives. 4 They did not even reach the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Then I heard a holy one 1 speaking. Another holy one said to the one who was speaking, “To what period of time does the vision pertain – this vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the destructive act of rebellion and the giving over of both the sanctuary and army to be trampled?”
By his treachery 1 he will succeed through deceit. 2 He will have an arrogant attitude, 3 and he will destroy many who are unaware of his schemes. 4 He will rise up against the Prince of princes, yet he will be broken apart – but not by human agency. 5
So know and understand: From the issuing of the command 1 to restore and rebuild Jerusalem 2 until an anointed one, a prince arrives, 3 there will be a period of seven weeks 4 and sixty-two weeks. It will again be built, 5 with plaza and moat, but in distressful times.
Now after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one will be cut off and have nothing. 1 As for the city and the sanctuary, the people of the coming prince will destroy 2 them. But his end will come speedily 3 like a flood. 4 Until the end of the war that has been decreed there will be destruction.
Then 1 one who appeared to be a human being 2 was touching my lips. I opened my mouth and started to speak, saying to the one who was standing before me, “Sir, 3 due to the vision, anxiety has gripped me and I have no strength.
Now I will tell you the truth.“Three 1 more kings will arise for Persia. Then a fourth 2 king will be unusually rich, 3 more so than all who preceded him. When he has amassed power through his riches, he will stir up everyone against 4 the kingdom of Greece.
His intention 1 will be to come with the strength of his entire kingdom, and he will form alliances. 2 He will give the king of the south 3 a daughter 4 in marriage in order to destroy the kingdom, but it will not turn out to his advantage.
He will rouse his strength and enthusiasm 1 against the king of the south 2 with a large army. The king of the south will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to prevail because of the plans devised against him.
“Then the king 1 will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every deity and he will utter presumptuous things against the God of gods. He will succeed until the time of 2 wrath is completed, for what has been decreed must occur. 3
He will attack 1 mighty fortresses, aided by 2 a foreign deity. To those who recognize him he will grant considerable honor. He will place them in authority over many people, and he will parcel out land for a price. 3
The time of judgment 1 is about to arrive! 2 The time of retribution 3 is imminent! 4 Let Israel know! 5 The prophet is considered a fool 6 – the inspired man 7 is viewed as a madman 8 – because of the multitude of your sins and your intense 9 animosity.
This is what the Lord says: “Because Edom has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 He chased his brother 4 with a sword; he wiped out his allies. 5 In his anger he tore them apart without stopping to rest; 6 in his fury he relentlessly attacked them. 7
This is what the Lord says: “Because Judah has committed three covenant transgressions 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They rejected the Lord’s law; 4 they did not obey his commands. Their false gods, 5 to which their fathers were loyal, 6 led them astray.
“I sent against you a plague like one of the Egyptian plagues. 1 I killed your young men with the sword, along with the horses you had captured. I made the stench from the corpses 2 rise up into your nostrils. Still you did not come back to me.” The Lord is speaking!
“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the streets 1 and your sons and daughters will die violently. 2 Your land will be given to others 3 and you will die in a foreign 4 land. Israel will certainly be carried into exile 5 away from its land.’”