Daniel 7:3
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New International Version
Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.

New Living Translation
Then four huge beasts came up out of the water, each different from the others.

English Standard Version
And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.

New American Standard Bible
"And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.

King James Bible
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Four huge beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other."

International Standard Version
Four magnificent animals were rising from the sea, each different from the other.

NET Bible
Then four large beasts came up from the sea; they were different from one another.

New Heart English Bible
Four great animals came up from the sea, different from one another.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Four large animals, each one different from the others, came out of the sea.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

New American Standard 1977
“And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And four great beasts came up from the sea, different one from another.

King James 2000 Bible
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

American King James Version
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

American Standard Version
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And four great beasts, different one from another, came up out of the sea.

Darby Bible Translation
And four great beasts came up from the sea, different one from another.

English Revised Version
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Webster's Bible Translation
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

World English Bible
Four great animals came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Young's Literal Translation
and four great beasts are coming up from the sea, diverse one from another.
Study Bible
Daniel's Vision of the Four Beasts
2Daniel said, "I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3"And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. 4"The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.…
Cross References
Revelation 13:1
Then I saw a beast with ten horns and seven heads rising out of the sea. There were ten royal crowns on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.

Revelation 17:8
The beast that you saw was, and now is no more, but is about to come up out of the abyss and go to its destruction. And those who dwell on the earth whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet will be.

Daniel 7:17
These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth.

Zechariah 6:1
Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains.
Treasury of Scripture

And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

four. Four kingdoms, (ver.

Daniel 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise …

Daniel 2:32,33,37-40 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, …

Zechariah 6:1-8 And I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and, behold, there …

beasts.

Daniel 7:4-8,17 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the …

Psalm 76:4 You are more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.

Ezekiel 19:3-8 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and …

Revelation 13:1 And I stood on the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of …

(3) Four great beasts.--The monstrous forms of the beasts are implied, rather than the hugeness of their size. Other instances of beasts being taken as emblems of kingdoms may be found in Isaiah 27:1; Ezekiel 29:3; Ezekiel 32:2. It must be observed that the beasts do not rise up simultaneously, but in succession to each other. In this way, and in the difference of their character, they form a parallel to the subject-matter of the vision recorded in Daniel 2.

Verse 3. - And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The Septuagint rendering omits "great;" otherwise it is a closely accurate representation of the Massoretic text, save that the translator seems to have had, not דא מןאּדּא, but as in the Syriac, חדא מן־חדא, as he renders ε{ν παρὰ τὸ ἕν. Theodotion has μεγάλα, but does not so slavishly follow the Aramaic construction at the end. The Peshitta is very close to the Massoretic, save that in the last clause it agrees with the LXX. The number four is, in apocalyptic writings, significant of the world; "the four winds" mean the whole world. Here it is human history that is summed up in the four beasts. So in Zechariah we have "four horns" that symbolize the oppressors of the people of God (Daniel 1:18; Daniel 2:1). We have "four" chariots in the sixth chapter of Zechariah, which seem to be symbols of the same thing. Beasts. Animals of one sort or another are used of nations in the prophets; thus Egypt is symbolized in Isaiah 27, as "leviathan," presumably a crocodile (Isaiah 51:7), as "a dragon" in Ezekiel 29:3 Babylonia is figured as an eagle (Ezekiel 17:3). Composite beings are used as symbols also, as Tyro is addressed as a '"covering cherub." In the Book of Revelation Rome is figured as a beast with seven heads and ten horns (Revelation 13:1). In the Book of Enoch (85. - 90.) we find this figurative use of animals carried much further. Assyria and Babylonia and, following them, Persia made great use of composite, monstrous animal forms as symbols, not so much, however, of political as of spiritual powers. This distinction is the less important, that political events were regarded as the production of spiritual activity. And four great beasts came up from the sea,.... Which are afterwards interpreted of four kings or kingdoms, Daniel 7:17, which rose up in the world, not at once, but successively, and out of the sea or world, through the commotions and agitations of it; and these are the four monarchies, Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman; compared to "beasts", because of the rapine and violence, cruelty, oppression, and tyranny, by which they were obtained, set up, supported, and maintained; and to "great ones", being not like single separate kingdoms, as the kingdom of Israel, and the like, but consisting of many kingdoms and nations, and so like beasts of an enormous size:

diverse one from another; in their situation, language, manner, strength, and power; hence expressed by divers sorts of beasts, as the lion, bear, leopard, &c.; as in Nebuchadnezzar's dream by different metals, gold, silver, brass, and iron. 3. beasts—not living animals, as the cherubic four in Re 4:7 (for the original is a different word from "beasts," and ought to be there translated, living animals). The cherubic living animals represent redeemed man, combining in himself the highest forms of animal life. But the "beasts" here represent the world powers, in their beast-like, grovelling character. It is on the fundamental harmony between nature and spirit, between the three kingdoms of nature, history, and revelation, that Scripture symbolism rests. The selection of symbols is not arbitrary, but based on the essence of things.7:1-8 This vision contains the same prophetic representations with Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The great sea agitated by the winds, represented the earth and the dwellers on it troubled by ambitious princes and conquerors. The four beasts signified the same four empires, as the four parts of Nebuchadnezzar's image. Mighty conquerors are but instruments of God's vengeance on a guilty world. The savage beast represents the hateful features of their characters. But the dominion given to each has a limit; their wrath shall be made to praise the Lord, and the remainder of it he will restrain.
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