- 1 "At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book.
- 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.
- But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, And those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.
- "As for you, Daniel, keep secret the message and seal the book until the end time; many shall fall away and evil shall increase."
- I, Daniel, looked and saw two others, one standing on either bank of the river.
- One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was upstream, "How long shall it be to the end of these appalling things?"
- 3 The man clothed in linen, who was upstream, lifted his right and left hands to heaven; and I heard him swear by him who lives forever that it should be for a year, two years, a half-year; and that, when the power of the destroyer of the holy people was brought to an end, all these things should end.
- I heard, but I did not understand; so I asked, "My lord, what follows this?"
- "Go, Daniel," he said, "because the words are to be kept secret and sealed until the end time.
- Many shall be refined, purified, and tested, but the wicked shall prove wicked; none of them shall have understanding, but the wise shall have it.
- From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the horrible abomination is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.
- Blessed is the man who has patience and perseveres until the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.
- Go, take your rest, you shall rise for your reward at the end of days."
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Footnotes1 Written in the book: the book of God's predestination.
2 The first Israelites who have fallen (Daniel 11:33-35) shall awake, that is, rise to live forever. A resurrection of the wicked as in later, Christian teaching (John 5:28-29) is implied here if the others are included in the many; but cf Isaiah 66:24.
3 A year, two years, a half-year: see note on Daniel 7:25. The author's perspective is the end of Antiochus, and beyond, the final consummation of all things.
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