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The Prophesy of Daniel
Daniel having humbled himself by fasting and penance seeth a vision, with which he is much terrified; but he is comforted by an angel.
|In the third year of Cyrus, king of the Persians, a word was revealed to Daniel, surnamed Baltassar, and a true word, and great strength: and he understood the word: for there is need of understanding in a vision.
|In those days I, Daniel, mourned the days of three weeks.
|I ate no desirable bread, and neither flesh, nor wine, entered into my mouth, neither was I anointed with ointment: till the days of three weeks were accomplished.
|And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, I was by the great river, which is the Tigris.
|And I lifted up my eyes, and I saw: and behold a man clothed in linen, and his loins were girded with the finest gold:
|And his body was like the chrysolite, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as a burning lamp: and his arms, and all downward even to the feet, like in appearance to glittering brass: and the voice of his word like the voice of a multitude.
|And I, Daniel alone, saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw it not: but an exceeding great terror fell upon them, and they fled away, and hid themselves.
|And I, being left alone, saw this great vision: and there remained no strength in me, and the appearance of my countenance was changed in me, and I fainted away, and retained no strength.
|And I heard the voice of his words: and when I heard I lay in a consternation upon my face, and my face was close to the ground.
|And behold a hand touched me, and lifted me up upon my knees, and upon the joints of my hands.
|And he said to me: Daniel, thou man of desires, understand the words that I speak to thee, and stand upright: for I am sent now to thee. And when he had said this word to me, I stood trembling.
|And he said to me: Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thy heart to understand, to afflict thyself in the sight of thy God, thy words have been heard: and I am come for thy words.
|But the prince of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me one and twenty days: and behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I remained there by the king of the Persians.
|But I am come to teach thee what things shall befall thy people in the latter days, for as yet the vision is for days.
|And when he was speaking such words to me, I cast down my countenance to the ground, and held my peace.
|And behold as it were the likeness of a son of man touched my lips: then I opened my mouth and spoke, and said to him that stood before me: O my lord, at the sight of thee my joints are loosed, and no strength hath remained in me.
|And how can the servant of my lord speak with my lord? for no strength remaineth in me; moreover, my breath is stopped.
|Therefore, he that looked like a man, touched me again, and strengthened me.
|And he said: Fear not, O man of desires, peace be to thee: take courage, and be strong. And when he spoke to me, I grew strong, and I said: Speak, O my lord, for thou hast strengthened me.
|And he said: Dost thou know wherefore I am come to thee? And now I will return, to fight against the prince of the Persians. When I went forth, there appeared the prince of the Greeks coming.
|But I will tell thee what is set down in the scripture of truth: and none is my helper in all these things, but Michael your prince.