1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the word was true, and it was about a great conflict. And he understood the word, and had understanding of the vision.
2In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three whole weeks.
3I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine into my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, until three whole weeks were fulfilled.
4In the 24th day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel,
5I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, whose thighs were adorned with pure gold of Uphaz;
6his body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as flaming torches, and his arms and his feet like burnished bronze, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
7I, Daniel alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me didn’t see the vision; but a great quaking fell on them, and they fled to hide themselves.
8So I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me; for my radiant appearance changed for the worse, and there was no strength left in me.
9Yet heard I the sound of his words; and when I heard the sound of his words I fell on my face into a deep sleep, with my face toward the ground.
10And behold, a hand touched me that set me upon my knees and on the palms of my hands.
11And he said to me, “O Daniel, you man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to 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.
12Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words.
13But the leader of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 21 days; but behold, Michael, one of the chief leaders, came to help me, and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
14Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision is yet for many days.”
15And when he had spoken to me according to these words, I set my face toward the ground, and was mute.
16Behold, one in the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth, and spoke and said to him who stood before me, “My lord, by reason of the vision my sorrows are turned on me, and I retain no strength.
17For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? For as for me, immediately there remained no strength in me, neither was there breath left in me.”
When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
20Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight with the leader of Persia. When I go, behold, the leader of Greece will come.
21But I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth, and there is none who holds with me against these but Michael your leader.”