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5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and two others appeared, one standing on this bank of the stream and one on the other. 6 One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was upstream, ''How long shall it be until the end of these wonders?'' 7 The man clothed in linen, who was upstream, raised his right hand and his left hand towards heaven. And I heard him swear by the one who lives for ever that it would be for a time, two times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end, all these things would be accomplished. 8 I heard but could not understand; so I said, ''My lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?'' 9 He said, ''Go your way, Daniel, for the words are to remain secret and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, cleansed, and refined, but the wicked shall continue to act wickedly. None of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. 11 From the time that the regular burnt-offering is taken away and the abomination that desolates is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Happy are those who persevere and attain the thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. 13 But you, go your way, and rest; you shall rise for your reward at the end of the days.''
|5||O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; *|
|it is you who uphold my lot.|
|6||My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *|
|indeed, I have a goodly heritage.|
|7||I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *|
|my heart teaches me, night after night.|
|8||I have set the LORD always before me; *|
|because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.|
|9||My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *|
|my body also shall rest in hope.|
|10||For you will not abandon me to the grave, *|
|nor let your holy one see the Pit.|
|11||You will show me the path of life; *|
|in your presence there is fullness of joy,|
|and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.|
32 But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion for those who were in prison, and you cheerfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves possessed something better and more lasting. 35 Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. 36 For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. 37 For yet
''in a very little while,
the one who is coming will come and will not delay;
38 but my righteous one will live by faith.
My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back.''
39 But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.
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