Bible Reading (Daniel 7:2-14)

(I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man.)

Daniel said,

“I have been seeing visions in the night.

I saw that the four winds of heaven

were stirring up the great sea;

four great beasts emerged from the sea,

each different from the other.

The first was like a lion

with eagle’s wings;

and as I looked

its wings were torn off,

and it was lifted from the ground

and set standing on its feet

like a man;

and it was given a human heart.

The second beast I saw was different,

like a bear,

raised up on one of its sides,

with three ribs in its mouth,

between its teeth.

‘Up!’ came the command

‘Eat quantities of flesh!’

After this I looked,

and saw another beast,

like a leopard,

and with four bird’s wings on its flanks;

it had four heads,

and power was given to it.

Next I saw a fourth beast,

fearful,

terrifying,

very strong;

it had great iron teeth, and it ate,

crushed and trampled underfoot

what remained.

It was different from the previous beasts

and had ten horns.

“While I was looking at these horns,

I saw another horn

sprouting among them,

a little one;

three of the original horns

were pulled out by the roots

to make way for it;

and in this horn

I saw eyes like human eyes,

and a mouth that was full of boasts.

As I watched:

“Thrones were set in place

and one of great age took his seat.

His robe was white as snow,

the hair of his head as pure as wool.

His throne was a blaze of flames,

its wheels were a burning fire.

A stream of fire poured out,

issuing from his presence.

A thousand thousand waited on him,

ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.

A court was held
and the books opened.

“The great things the horn was saying

were still ringing in my ears,

and as I watched, the beast was killed,

and its body destroyed

and committed to the flames.

The other beasts were deprived of their power,

but received a lease of life for a season

and a time.

“I gazed into the visions of the night.

And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven,

one like a son of man.

He came to the one of great age

and was led into his presence.

On him was conferred sovereignty,

glory an kingship,

and men of all peoples,

nations and languages

became his servants.

His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty

which shall never pass away,

nor will his empire ever be destroyed.”

The word of the Lord.

R.) Thanks be to God.

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