Daniel 12:4

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But thou, O Daniel, shut vp the wordes, and seale the booke euen to the time of the ende: many shall runne to and fro, and knowledge shall bee increased.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But as for you, O Daniel, let the words be kept secret and the book rolled up and kept shut till the time of the end: numbers will be going out of the way and troubles will be increased.
- Basic English Bible

And thou, Daniel, close the words, and seal the book, till the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
- Darby Bible

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
- Webster's Bible

But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run back and forth, and knowledge shall be increased."
- World English Bible

And thou, O Daniel, hide the things, and seal the book till the time of the end, many do go to and fro, and knowledge is multiplied.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Daniel 12:4


12:4 Seal the book - The book was command to be sealed, because it would be long before the words would be fulfilled, whereas those that were shortly to be fulfilled, were forbidden to be sealed. Shall run - Shall diligently search these prophecies; and they shall know the signs of the times, and wait upon God in the way of his judgments: he means chiefly in gospel - times.


Discussion for Daniel 12

  • A disciple
    Nathaniel Foster; where do you find Daniel having 14 chapters? I've seen in the German Martin Luther Bible that Malachi has 3 chapters instead of 4; but nothing was omitted. You may want to check to see if the entire Text is still there in Daniel, or if there's anything changed. The divisions of chapters and verses were not part of the Original Text anyway; but were added later for easy reference.
  • Nathaniel Foster
    I am so confused as to why Daniel stopped at Chapter 12 in the King James Version and in a sense I know that there are 14 chapters of Daniel. What happen to the last 2 chapters and why are they not included in the KJV Bible. You know for a fact too that there are more than 12 Chapters in the Old Testament Book of Daniel.....please help me with this and explain. send me an email explanation.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    Praise the Lord my God amen. These are the latter days in the Kingdom of God { Acts through Jude} of the spiritual restoration of His promise of the latter rain in this final outpouring of the Holy Spirit of His chosen elect beloved Judah Holy Zion to come and enter into our Glorious and Blessed Lords sheepfold both Jew and Gentile united in one Christ YESHUA. The latter greater than the first.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    THESE ARE THE LATTER DAYS OF THE GREATER THAN JOHN THE TO COME IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD THE TEMPLE MADE WITHOUT HANDS FOR OUR BLESSED LORD AND SAVIOR CHRIST YESHUA IS TRULY GLORFIED SEATED AT OUR HEAVENLY ABBA DAD AND GOD ALMIGHTY YAHWEH'S RIGHT HAND FOR THE DAY OF PENTECOST THE HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKING IN TONGUES HAD BEEN FULFILLED AMEN. SHALOM BELOVED JUDAH HOLY ZION TO COME AMEN. RESTORATION.
  • Scott Bennett
    Dear Jessica,
    I think passage 12:4 may have to do with the seals opened by the Lamb in the Book of Revelation beginning w/chapter 6. Within the last two weeks or so, when I was reading Daniel, this came to me. The first four seals opened by the Lamb [unleash] the 4 horses of the Apocalypse; the first seal releases the white horse. The white horse is mentioned again in Rev: 19, v11 (v.14
  • A disciple
    Jessica; "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:" if you keep reading carefully the whole thing, you will see the context. Jesus said that, to those who are without, it is not given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; because they are willfully blind and deaf to God's Spirit, and their hearts they have hardened that they will not believe.

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