In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a
dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote
down the dream:
I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven
stirring up the great sea,
and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one
As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the
visions of my head terrified me.
I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth
concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the
interpretation of the matter:
"As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out
of the earth.
But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and
possess the kingdom forever--forever and ever."
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the
assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion
rejoice in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with
tambourine and lyre.
For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble
Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their
Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged
swords in their hands,
to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the
to bind their kings with fetters and their nobles with chains of
to execute on them the judgment decreed. This is glory for all
his faithful ones. Praise the LORD!
In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been
destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all
things according to his counsel and will,
so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might
live for the praise of his glory.
In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the
gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked
with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;
this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's
own people, to the praise of his glory.
I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love
toward all the saints, and for this reason
I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you
come to know him,
so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know
what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches
of his glorious inheritance among the saints,
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who
believe, according to the working of his great power.
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the
dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and
above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in
the age to come.
And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the
head over all things for the church,
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: "Blessed are
you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
"Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be
filled. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
"Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they
exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is
great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your
"Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
"Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and
"Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what
their ancestors did to the false prophets.
"But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good
to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and
from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your
Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away
your goods, do not ask for them again.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.