Daniel 7:9-10, 23-27

Reading Daniel 7 in the ESV verse 9-10, 13-14, and 23-27 are set out as pairs of parallels – see below for verses 9-10.  

9. “As I looked,

A. thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;

B. his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;

C. his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.

C’. 10 A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;

B’. a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;

A’. the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened”

Note: the opening and closing couplets are parallel since they both describe the setting up of the royal court of judgment. The middle two couplets are parallel as they both describe the fiery appearance. The intermediate couplets – description of clothing and hair, and the multitudes around the throne do not appear to be  parallel.

A. (23) Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

B. – beginning of the 11th horn power – (24) And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

C. (25) And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws:

C’. and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

B’.  – end of the eleventh horn power – (26) But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

A’. (27)  And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

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