VIN(i) 1 In the third year of Cyrus, king of Persia, a message was revealed to Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar). The message was trustworthy and concerned a great conflict. He understood it and had insight concerning the vision. 2 At the same time, I, Daniel, mourned for the space of three weeks, 3 I had no pleasing food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, and I put no oil on my body till three full weeks were ended. 4 And in the twenty fourth day of the first month, as I was by the hand of the great river, which is Tigris, 5 I looked up to see a man clothed in linen. His loins were girded with pure gold of the Uphaz region. 6 His body was like beryl, his face flashed like lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and legs were like polished bronze, and his speech roared like that of a crowd. 7 And I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see it; but a great shaking came on them and they went in flight to take cover. 8 So I was left alone, and saw this great vision. No strength remained in me; for my face grew deathly pale, and I retained no strength. 9 but I heard the sound of his words. And when I heard him, I was struck with awe, and my face was on the ground. 10 "Look a hand touched me and lifted me upon my hands and knees. 11 He said to me, "Daniel, man greatly loved, 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 trembling. 12 Then he said: "Do not fear Daniel! From the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come in response to your prayer. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me because I remained there with the kings of Persia. 14 "Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the future for the vision is yet for many days." 15 When he had spoken these words to me, I set my face toward the ground, and was mute. 16 Then one who looked like a human touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth, and spoke to him: »O my lord, by reason of the vision I have convulsions and I have no strength. 17 How may my lord's servant then talk with my lord? Seeing there is no strength in me, so that I cannot take my breath?" 18 And again one in form as a man touched me and made me strong. 19 And he said, O man greatly beloved, do not fear. Peace to you. Be strong. Yea, be strong! And when he had spoken to me I was made strong. And I said, Speak, my lord, for you have made me strong. 20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight with the prince of Persia. When I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you that which is inscribed in the Book of Truth. And there is no one who contends with me against them except Michael, your prince."