An Interactive Presentation of Thematic Symmetry (Chiasm / Parallelism)
7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it
2 Daniel said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. 4 The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it. 5 And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’ 6 After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
7 After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it,
and it had ten horns. 8 While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them,
and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it;
and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.
9 “I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire. 10 “A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, and the books were opened. 11 Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.
13 “I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. 14 “And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.
15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my mind kept alarming me.
16 I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth.
18 But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’
19 “Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet,
20 and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other horn which came up,
and before which three of them fell,
namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts and which was larger in appearance than its associates.
21 I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them 22 until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.
23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it
24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones
and will subdue three kings.
25 He will speak out against the Most High
and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 26 But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever.
27 Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One;
His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’
28 “At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my face grew pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”
8:1 In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar the king a vision appeared to me, Daniel, subsequent to the one which appeared to me previously.
2 I looked in the vision, and while I was looking I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I looked in the vision and I myself was beside the Ulai Canal.
3 Then I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold,
a ram which had two horns was standing in front of the canal.
Now the two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, with the longer one coming up last.
4 I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward,
and no other beasts could stand before him
nor was there anyone to rescue from his power,
but he did as he pleased and magnified himself.
5 While I was observing, behold,
a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground;
and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes.
6 He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the canal,
and rushed at him in his mighty wrath.
7 I saw him come beside the ram,
and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his two horns,
and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him,
and there was none to rescue the ram from his power.
8 Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly.
But as soon as he was mighty, the large horn was broken;
and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.
9 Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land.
10 It grew up to the host of heaven
and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth,
and it trampled them down.
11 It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host;
and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him,
and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down.
12 And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn
along with the regular sacrifice;
and it will fling truth to the ground
and perform its will and prosper.
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, “How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, while the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host to be trampled?” 14 He said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be properly restored.”
15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it;
and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man.
16 And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai,
and he called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.”
17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face;
but he said to me, “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.”
18 Now while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand upright.
19 He said, “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
20 The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.
21 The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
22 The broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation,
although not with his power.
23 “In the latter period of their rule, when the transgressors have run their course, a king will arise, insolent and skilled in intrigue.
24 “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power,
And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree
And prosper and perform his will;
He will destroy mighty men and the holy people.
25 “And through his shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence;
And he will magnify himself in his heart,
And he will destroy many while they are at ease.
He will even oppose the Prince of princes, but he will be broken without human agency
26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true; But keep the vision secret, for it pertains to many days in the future.”
27 Then I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up again
and carried on the king’s business;
but I was astounded at the vision,
and there was none to explain it.
9:1 In the first year of Darius
the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent,
who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans—
2 in the first year of his reign,
which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem,
3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God
to seek Him by prayer and supplications,
with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.
4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said,
“Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. 6 Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.
7 “Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord,
but to us open shame, as it is this day
— to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which You have driven them,
because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You.
8 Open shame belongs to us, O Lord,
to our kings, our princes and our fathers,
because we have sinned against You.
9 To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness,
for we have rebelled against Him;
10 nor have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets.
11 Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God,
for we have sinned against Him.
12 Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity;
for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.
13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us;
yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth.
14 Therefore the Lord has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the Lord our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done,
but we have not obeyed His voice.
15 “And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for Yourself, as it is this day—
we have sinned, we have been wicked.
16 O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain;
for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us.
17 So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications,
and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.
18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name;
for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.
19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action!
For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
20 Now while I was speaking and praying,
and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel,
and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,
21 while I was still speaking in prayer,
then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness
about the time of the evening offering.
22 He gave me instruction and talked with me
and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed;
so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.
24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25 So you are to know and discern
that from the issuing of a decree
to restore and rebuild Jerusalem
there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
it will be built again, with plaza and moat,
even in times of distress.
26 Then after the sixty-two weeks
the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing,
and the people of the prince who is to come
will destroy the city and the sanctuary.
And its end will come with a flood;
even to the end there will be war;
desolations are determined.
27 And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week,
but in the middle of the week he
will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering;
and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate,
even until a complete destruction,
is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the message was true and one of great conflict, but he understood the message and had an understanding of the vision.
2 In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning
3 I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all
until the entire three weeks were completed.
4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris,
5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz. 6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult. 7 Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision;
nevertheless, a great dread fell on them,
and they ran away to hide themselves.
and saw this great vision;
yet no strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength.
9 But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
10 Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.
11 He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.”
And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
14 Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”
15 When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless.
16 And behold, one who resembled a human being was touching my lips;
then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who was standing before me,
“O my lord, as a result of the vision anguish has come upon me, and I have retained no strength.
17 For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord?
As for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me.”
18 Then this one with human appearance touched me again and strengthened me.
19 He said, “O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!”
Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
20 Then he said, “Do you understand why I came to you?
But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come.
21 However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth.
Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince. 11:1 In the first year of Darius the Mede, I arose to be an encouragement and a protection for him.
2 And now I will tell you the truth.
Behold, three more kings are going to arise in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of Greece. ...[verses 3-26]... 27 As for both kings, their hearts will be intent on evil, and they will speak lies to each other at the same table;
but it will not succeed, for the end is still to come at the appointed time.
28 Then he will return to his land with much plunder; but his heart will be set against the holy covenant, and he will take action and then return to his own land.
29 “At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, but this last time it will not turn out the way it did before.
30 For ships of Kittim will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened and will return and become enraged at the holy covenant and take action;
so he will come back and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant.
31 Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.
32 By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant,
but the people who know their God will display strength and take action. 33 Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many; yet they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days. 34 Now when they fall they will be granted a little help,
and many will join with them in hypocrisy.
35 Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.
36 “Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done.
37 He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. 38 But instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures.
39 He will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to those who acknowledge him and will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel out land for a price.
40 “At the end time the king of the South will collide with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them and pass through.
41 He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon. 42 Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. 43 But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels. 44 But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain;
yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.
12:1 “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time;
and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life,
but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.
will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven,
and those who lead the many to righteousness,
like the stars forever and ever.
4 But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
5 Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river. 6 And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river,
“How long will it be until the end of these wonders?”
7 I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever
that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.
8 As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time.
10 Many will be purged, purified and refined,
but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand,
but those who have insight will understand.
11 From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!
13 But as for you, go your way to the end;
then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age.”
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