New International Version

Daniel 7:1-28

Daniel’s Dream of Four Beasts

1In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.

2Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. 3Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.

4“The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.

5“And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’

6“After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.

7“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.

8“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.

9“As I looked,

“thrones were set in place,

and the Ancient of Days took his seat.

His clothing was as white as snow;

the hair of his head was white like wool.

His throne was flaming with fire,

and its wheels were all ablaze.

10A river of fire was flowing,

coming out from before him.

Thousands upon thousands attended him;

ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.

The court was seated,

and the books were opened.

11“Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12(The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)

13“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,7:13 The Aramaic phrase bar enash means human being. The phrase son of man is retained here because of its use in the New Testament as a title of Jesus, probably based largely on this verse. coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

The Interpretation of the Dream

15“I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me. 16I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this.

“So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: 17‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth. 18But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’

19“Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. 20I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. 21As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them, 22until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.

23“He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.7:25 Or for a year, two years and half a year

26“ ‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’

28“This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”

Japanese Contemporary Bible

ダニエル書 7:1-28




2「大海に激しい嵐が起こり、強風が四方から吹きまくっていました。 3すると、四頭の巨大な獣が海から上がって来たのです。四頭とも、みな別の生き物でした。 4第一の獣はライオンのようで、わしの翼をつけています。見ていると、その翼はもぎ取られ、もはや飛べなくなり、人間のように地上に二本足で立ち、人間の心が与えられました。 5第二の獣は熊のようで、横ざまに寝ていました。牙の間に肋骨を三本くわえています。すると、それに向かって、『起き上がれ! 大ぜいの人を食らえ!』と言う声がしました。 6第三の奇妙な獣は、ひょうのようでした。背中には鳥のような翼があり、さらに四つの頭があります。しかも、この動物には全人類を治める偉大な権力が与えられました。 7さらに、夢の中で見ていると、第四の獣が海から姿を現しました。その形相の恐ろしさは、ことばに表せません。また、その強さは信じられないほどです。巨大な鉄の牙で餌食を食い裂き、ほかの餌食を足で踏みつぶしてしまいました。この第四の獣は、前に現れた獣よりはるかに荒々しく残忍で、十本の角を持っていました。 8その角を見ていると、突然、角の間から別の小さな角が出て来ました。そのために、最初の十本の角のうち三本が根こそぎ引き抜かれてしまいました。この小さな角には、人間の目と、大言壮語する口がついていました。














11見ていると、あの残忍な第四の獣が殺され、体を焼かれてしまいました。全能の神に対して尊大にふるまい、その小さな角を誇っていたからです。 12残りの三頭は、王国を取り上げられたものの、しばらくは生き延びることを許されました。













15私は夢で見たことによって、すっかり混乱し、動揺しました。 16そこで、王座のそばに立っている者の一人に近づき、見たことすべてについて、その意味を尋ねました。すると、次のように説明してくれたのです。 17『四頭の巨大な獣は、のちに地上を治める四人の王を表している。 18だが最後には、いと高き神の民が、代々限りなく世界を治めるようになる。』

19次に、第四の獣について尋ねました。それはぞっとするほど恐ろしく、残忍で、鉄の牙と青銅の爪で人々を引き裂き、足で他の人々を踏み殺しました。 20また、十本の角と、あとから出て来て、前の十本のうち三本を滅ぼした小さい角のことも尋ねました。その小さい角には目があり、大声で自慢する口があって、他の角よりも強いようでした。 21見ていると、その角は神の民と戦って、勝ったのです。 22しかしその勝利も、永遠の神が来て法廷を開き、神の民の正しさを立証して、彼らに全世界を治める権威をお与えになるまでのことでした。