10In the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) had another vision. He understood that the vision concerned events certain to happen in the future—times of war and great hardship.H7969H8141H3566H4428H6539H1697H1540H1840H8034H7121H1095H1697H571H6635H1419H995H1697H998H4758 2When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks.H3117H1840H56H7969H3117H7620 3All that time I had eaten no rich food. No meat or wine crossed my lips, and I used no fragrant lotions until those three weeks had passed.H398H2532H3899H935H1320H3196H6310H5480H5480H7969H3117H7620H4390 4On April 23, as I was standing on the bank of the great Tigris River,H702H6242H3117H7223H2320H3027H1419H5104H2313 5I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist.H5375H5869H7200H259H376H3847H906H4975H2296H3800H210 6His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people.H1472H8658H6440H4758H1300H5869H3940H784H2220H4772H5869H7044H5178H6963H1697H6963H1995 7Only I, Daniel, saw this vision. The men with me saw nothing, but they were suddenly terrified and ran away to hide.H1840H7200H4759H582H7200H4759H61H1419H2731H5307H1272H2244 8So I was left there all alone to see this amazing vision. My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak.H7604H7200H1419H4759H7604H3581H1935H2015H4889H6113H3581 9Then I heard the man speak, and when I heard the sound of his voice, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground.H8085H6963H1697H8085H6963H1697H7290H6440H6440H776 10Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees.H3027H5060H5128H1290H3709H3027 11And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so 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.H559H1840H376H2532H995H1697H1696H5975H5977H7971H1696H1697H5975H7460 12Then 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.H559H3372H1840H7223H3117H5414H3820H995H6031H6440H430H1697H8085H935H1697 13But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.H8269H4438H6539H5975H259H6242H3117H4317H259H7223H8269H935H5826H3498H681H4428H6539 14Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.”H935H995H7136H5971H319H3117H2377H3117 15While he was speaking to me, I looked down at the ground, unable to say a word.H1696H1697H5414H6440H776H481 16Then the one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, “I am filled with anguish because of the vision I have seen, my lord, and I am very weak.H1823H1121H120H5060H8193H6605H6310H1696H559H5975H113H4759H6735H2015H6113H3581 17How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.”H1963H3201H5650H113H1696H113H6258H5975H3581H5397H7604 18Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning.H3254H5060H4758H120H2388 19“Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”H559H376H2532H3372H7965H2388H2388H1696H2388H559H113H1696H2388 20He replied, “Do you know why I have come? Soon I must return to fight against the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia, and after that the spirit prince of the kingdom of Greece will come.H559H3045H935H7725H3898H8269H6539H3318H8269H3120H935 21Meanwhile, I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one helps me against these spirit princes except Michael, your spirit prince.H61H5046H7559H3791H571H259H2388H4317H8269
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