The angelic messenger standing up to support and strengthen Darius
, in the first year of aDarius
the Mede, stood up to support and strengthen him.
The contents of the vision — concerning the destiny of Israel
Related to the king of the south (Egypt) and the king of the north (Syria)
And now I will tell you the 1truth
. There will yet arise three kings in Persia; then the afourth
will gain great riches, more than all of them
; and once he becomes strong because of his riches, he will stir up the whole empire
against the realm of 2Javan
And a 1mighty aking
will arise there
, and he will rule with great dominion and do as he pleases.
But once he arises, his kingdom will be 1broken
and divided toward the afour
winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom will be plucked up and given
to others besides 2his
And the 1king
of the south will become strong, as well as one
of his princes, who will grow in strength above him and have dominion; his dominion will be a great dominion.
And at the end of some years they will join themselves together. And the daughter of the king of the south will go to the king of the north and make a treaty; but she will not retain the strength of her arm, nor will he and his arm stand; but she will be given up, along with those who brought her into the alliance
and him who begot her and supported her in those times.
But a shoot from her roots will arise in his place, and he will come against the army and enter into the fortress of the king of the north; and he will deal with them and show his strength.
And also their gods with their cast images, with their precious vessels of silver and gold, he will carry off into captivity in Egypt; and for some
years he will refrain from the king of the north.
king of the north will come to the kingdom of the king of the south, but he will return to his own
But his sons will stir themselves up to war and will gather a multitude of great forces; and one will come unrelentingly and will overflow and pass through and will return and wage war, even
up to the fortress of 1the
king of the south.
And the king of the south will be enraged and will come forth to fight with him, with the king of the north. Then 1the
king of the north will raise up a great multitude, but the multitude will be given into the hand of 2the
king of the south.
When the multitude is carried away, the heart of 1the
king of the south will be lifted up; and he will cast down tens of thousands, but he will not prevail.
For the king of the north will return, and he will raise up a multitude greater than the first; and at the end of some years he will come unrelentingly with a great army and with much materiel.
And in those times many will rise up against the king of the south; and the violent ones of your people will lift themselves up to establish the vision, but they will fall.
Then the 1king
of the north will come and cast up a siege mound and capture the fortified city; and the forces of the south will not stand, nor his choice people, for there will be no strength to stand.
But he who comes against 1the
king of the south will do as he pleases; and no one will stand before him. And he will stand in the 2abeautiful
land, and destruction will be in his hand.
And he will set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and with him there will be 1terms
of peace that he will act upon. And he will give 2the
king of the south a youthful daughter, to destroy it; yet she will not be able to stand for him
, but will be of no use to him.
Then he will turn his face to the 1coastlands
and will capture many. But a leader, for his own sake, will put an end to the reproach caused by him; indeed, he will turn his reproach back on him.
king of the north will turn his face to the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and will not be found.
Then there will arise in his place one who will cause an oppressor to pass through the 1splendor
of the kingdom; yet within a few days he will be broken, but not while venting his
anger nor pursuing
Then there will arise in his place a 1adespicable
person, to whom the honor of a kingdom will not be given; but he will come in a time of security and will seize the kingdom by smooth and cunning words and actions.
And the overflowing forces will be flooded over before him and broken, even also the 1prince
of the covenant.
And once he has made an alliance with him, he will practice adeceit
and will go up and become mighty with a small group of
In a time of security he will enter even the richest parts of the kingdom and will do that which his fathers never did, nor his fathers’ fathers; prey, spoil, and riches will he scatter among them, and against strongholds he will devise strategies, but only
for a while.
And he will stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south will stir himself up to wage war with an extremely great and mighty army of his own
; but he will not stand, for strategies will have been devised against him.
And those who eat of his choice provision will destroy him; and his army will overflow, and many will fall down slain.
And as for both of these kings, their hearts will be to do evil, and they will speak lies across one table; but what they do
will not succeed, for the aend
is still at the appointed time.
king of the north will return to his land with great riches; but his heart will be set
against the holy covenant, and he will take action and will return to his land.
At the appointed time he will return and come against the south; but this latter time will not be like the former time.
For ships of 1aKittim
will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened and will turn away; and he will be enraged at the holy covenant and will take action. When he turns away, he will focus his attention on those who forsake the holy covenant.
And forces from him will arise and 1profane
the sanctuary, establishing
the fortress and removing the daily asacrifice
; and they will set up the 2babomination
And with his smooth words he will cause those who act wickedly toward the covenant to be profane. But the 1people
who know their God will show strength and take action.
with insight among the people will cause the many to understand; yet they will fall by sword and by flames, by captivity and by plundering for some
And when they fall, they will be helped with a little help; and many will join themselves to them in word only.
And some of those with insight will fall, in order to arefine 1the
people and to purify and cleanse them
, until the time of the bend
, for the end
is still at the appointed time.
And the king will do as he pleases; and he will 1aexalt
himself and magnify himself above every god, and against the God of gods he will speak extraordinary things; and he will prosper until the indignation is complete; for what has been determined will be done.
And he will not regard the gods of his fathers or the desire of women, anor
will he regard any other
god; for he will magnify himself above all.
But he will honor instead the god of fortresses; indeed a god whom his fathers did not know he will honor with gold, silver, precious stones, and treasures.
And he will take action against the most fortified of fortresses with the help of
a foreign god; he will increase the honor of those who acknowledge him
and will cause them to rule over many, and he will divide the land to them
as a reward.
And at the time of the end the king of the south will push against him, and the king of the north will storm back
at him with chariots and horsemen and many ships; and he will enter the countries and overflow and pass through.
He will also enter the 1abeautiful
land, and many countries
will fall; but these will slip away from his hand: bEdom
, Moab, and the foremost of the children of Ammon.
Then he will stretch forth his hand against the countries, and for the land of Egypt there will be no escape.
And he will have control over the hidden stores of gold and silver and over all the precious things of the Egyptians; and the Libyans and 1Cushites
in his steps.
But news from the east and from the north will trouble him, and he will go forth with great wrath destroying and exterminating many.
And he will pitch the tents of his palace between the sea and the 1abeautiful
holy mountain; but he will 2come
to his bend
, and there will be no one to help him.