In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar in the kingdom of Babylon, and in the first year of Darius the king, the son of Ahasuerus, and in the first year of king Cyrus
In the third year of Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzar beseiged Jerusalem. And I, Daniel, understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
And the Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah, into his hand, with part of the vessels of the House of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
Children in whom [there was] no blemish, but well favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such who [had] ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank, so nourishing them for three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank, therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
And the prince of the eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your meat and your drink, for why should he see your faces being languid over the children who [are] of your sort? Then you will make [me] endanger my head to the king."
The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, "The thing has gone from me, if you will not make the dream known to me, with the interpretation thereof, you will be cut in pieces, and your houses will be made a dunghill.
But if you will not make the dream known to me, [there is but] one decree for you, for you have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, until the time is changed, therefore tell me the dream, and I will know that you can show me the interpretation thereof."
The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, "There is not a man upon the earth who can show the king's matter, therefore [there is] no king, lord, nor ruler, [who] asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
I thank You, and praise You, O You God of my fathers, who have given me wisdom and might, and have made known to me now what we desired of You, for You have [now] made known to us the king's matter."
Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise [men] of Babylon, he went and said thus to him; "Do not destroy the wise [men] of Babylon, bring me in before the king, and I will show to the king the interpretation."
Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, "The secret which the king has demanded, the wise [men], the astrologers, the magicians, [and] the soothsayers, cannot show to the king;
But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and makes known what will be in the latter days to the king Nebuchadnezzar. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, are these;
But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for [any] wisdom that I have more than any living, but for [their] sakes that will make the interpretation known to the king, and that you might know the thoughts of your heart.
Then the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, were broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them, and the stone that struck the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
And whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom will be divided; but there will be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with miry clay.
And in the days of these kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom, which will never be destroyed, and the kingdom will not be left to other people, [but] it will break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it will stand forever.
Forasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold in pieces; the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass hereafter, and the dream [is] certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather the princes together, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together to the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
[That] at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up.
Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down [and] worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who will hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, will fall down and worship the golden image.
There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded you, they do not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up."
Now if you are ready, that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, fall down and worship the image which I have made; [well], but if you do not worship, you will be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace the same hour; and who [is] that God who will deliver you out of my hands?"
Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, [therefore] he spoke, and commanded that they should heat the furnace unit, seven times more than it was perceived to be heated.
Then, Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, [and] spoke, and said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, [and] spoke, and said, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come forth, and come [here]." Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor had the smell of fire passed on them.
[Then] Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, "Blessed [is] the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent His angel, and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve or worship any god, except their own God.
Therefore I make a decree: That every people, nation, and language, who speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, will be cut in pieces, and their houses will be made a dunghill, because there is no other god who can deliver after this sort."
But at the last, Daniel came in before me, whose name [was] Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom [is] the spirit of the holy gods, and before him, I told the dream, [saying],
'O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods [is] in you, and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.'
The leaves thereof [were] fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it [was] meat for all, the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.
He cried aloud, and said thus, 'Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit, let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches.
Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and [let] his portion [be] with the beasts in the grass of the earth.
This matter [is] by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He wills, and sets the lowest of men up over it.'
This dream, I, king Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise [men] of my kingdom are not able to make the interpretation known to me, but you [are] able; for the spirit of the holy gods [is] in you."
Then Daniel, whose name [was] Belteshazzar, was astonished for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spoke, and said, "Belteshazzar, do not let the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble you." Belteshazzar answered and said, "My lord, the dream [is] to those who hate you, and the interpretation thereof to your enemies.
Whose leaves [were] fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it [was] meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches, the fowls of the heaven had their habitation.
And whereas the king saw a watcher and a holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, 'Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and [let] his portion [be] with the beasts of the field, until they pass over him seven times;'
That they will drive you from men, and your dwelling will be with the beasts of the field, and they will make you eat grass as oxen, and they will wet you with the dew of heaven, and will pass over you seven times, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He wills.
Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of your tranquillity."
And they will drive you from men, and your dwelling [will be] with the beasts of the field, they will make you eat grass as oxen, and will pass over you seven times, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He wills.'"
The thing was fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar the same hour, and he was driven from men, and ate grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until his hairs were grown like eagles' [feathers], and his nails like birds' [claws].
And at the end of the days, I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored Him who lives forever, *1 Timothy 1:17, *1 Timothy 6:16, *25:58 whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation.
And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing, and He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth, and none can strike His hand, or say to Him, 'What do You do?'
At the same time my reason returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and brightness returned to me; and my counselors and my lords sought me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.
Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which [was] in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his servant-wives, might drink therein.
Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the House of God which [was] at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his servant-wives, drank in them.
In the same hour, fingers of a man's hand came forth, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace, and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. [And] the king spoke, and said to the wise [men] of Babylon, "Whoever will read this writing, and show me the interpretation thereof, will be clothed with scarlet, and [have] a chain of gold about his neck, and will be the third ruler in the kingdom."
[Now] the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house, [and] the queen spoke and said, "O king, live forever, do not let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your countenance be changed.
There is a man in your kingdom, in whom [is] the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar, your father, the king, [I say], your father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, [and] soothsayers;
Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation."
Then Daniel was brought in before the king. [And] the king spoke and said to Daniel, "[Are] you that Daniel, who [is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
And now the wise [men], the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make the interpretation thereof known to me, but they could not show the interpretation of the thing.
And I have heard of you, that you can make interpretations, and dissolve doubts; now if you can read the writing, and make the interpretation thereof known to me, you will be clothed with scarlet, and [have] a chain of gold about your neck, and will be the third ruler in the kingdom."
Then Daniel answered and said before the king, "Let your gifts be to yourself, and give your rewards to another; yet I will read the writing to the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
And for the majesty that He gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him; whom he willed, he slew; and whom he willed, he kept alive; and whom he willed, he set up; and whom he willed, he put down.
And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling [was] with the wild donkeys, they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; until he knew that the Most High God ruled in the kingdom of men, and [that] He appoints over it whomever He wills.
But have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His House before you, and you, and your lords, your wives, and your servant-wives, have drunk wine in them; and you have praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see, nor hear, nor know, and the God in whose hand your breath [is], and whose [are] all your ways, you have not glorified."
Then Belshazzar commanded, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and [put] a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Then the chancellors and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no occasion or fault; forasmuch as he [was] faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
All the chancellors of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counselors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whoever will ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except of you, O king, he will be cast into the den of lions.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he knelt upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Then they came near, and spoke before the king concerning the king's decree; "Have you not signed a decree, that every man who will ask [a petition] of any god or man within thirty days, except of you, O king, will be cast into the den of lions?" The king answered and said, "The thing [is] true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter."
Then they answered and said before the king, "That Daniel, who [is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, does not regard you, O king, nor the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day."
Then these men assembled to the king, and said to the king, "Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians [is], 'That no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.'"
Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast [him] into the den of lions. [Now] the king spoke and said to Daniel, "Your God whom you serve continually, He will deliver you."
And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice to Daniel, [and] the king spoke and said to Daniel, "O Daniel, servant of the living God, *19:93, *21:26 is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?"
My God has sent His angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me, forasmuch as innocence was found in me before Him; and also before you, O king, I have done no hurt."
Then the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
And the king commanded, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast [them] into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and broke all their bones in pieces until they came at the bottom of the den.
I make a decree: That in every dominion of my kingdom, men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for He [is] the living God, and steadfast forever, and His kingdom, [that] which will not be destroyed, and His dominion [will be even] to the end.
The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle's wings, I beheld until the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and was set up upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
And behold, another beast, a second, like a bear, and it raised itself up on one side, and [it had] three ribs in its mouth between its teeth, and they said thus to it, "Arise, devour much flesh."
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth, it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet, and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns.
I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before which, three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots, *Barnabas 4:5 and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
I beheld until the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days sat, whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool, His Throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] His wheels [as] burning fire.
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him, thousand thousands ministered to Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him, the Judgment was set, and the books were opened.
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, *Luke 21:27 and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before Him.
And there, dominion was given to him, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him, his dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, which will not pass away, and his kingdom [that] which will not be destroyed.
Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, whose teeth [were of] iron, and his nails [of] brass; [which] devoured, broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
And of the ten horns that [were] in his head, and [of] the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even [of] that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke very great things, whose look [was] more stout than his fellows.
Thus he said, 'The fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which will be diverse from all kingdoms, and will devour the whole earth, and will tread it down, and break it in pieces.
And he will speak [great] words against the Most High, and will wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws, and they will be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions will serve and obey Him.'
Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river, a ram which had [two] horns, and the [two] horns [were] high; but one [was] higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither [were there any] that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
And I saw him come close to the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and struck the ram, and broke his two horns, and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him, and there were none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said to that certain [saint] who spoke, "How long [will] the vision [be concerning] the daily [sacrifice], and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?"
And through his policy he will also cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he will magnify [himself] in his heart, and he will destroy many by peace, he will also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he will be broken without hand.
In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. *Jeremiah 25:11 - 12, *Jeremiah 29:10
And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, "O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to those who love Him, and to those who keep His commandments;
O Lord, righteousness [belongs] to You, but to us, confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, [who are] near, and [who are] far off, through all the countries where You have driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against You.
Indeed, all Israel have transgressed Your law, even by departing, that they might not obey Your voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that [is] written in the law of Moses, *Deuteronomy 28:45 - 52 the servant of God, because we have sinned against Him.
And He has confirmed His words, which He spoke against us, and against our judges who judged us, by bringing a great evil upon us, for under the whole heaven, it has not been done as has been done upon Jerusalem.
As [it is] written in the law of Moses, all this evil has come upon us, yet we did not make our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand Your truth.
And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have gotten Yourself renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I beseech You, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people [have become] a reproach to all [who are] about us.
O my God, incline Your ear, and hear; open Your eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name, for we do not present our supplications before You for our righteousnesses, but for Your great mercies.
Indeed, while I [was] speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, *~19:17 whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.
Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem to the Messiah the Prince [will be] seven weeks, and sixty two weeks, the street will be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.
And after sixty two weeks, the Messiah will be cut off, but not for himself, and the people of the prince who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [will be] with a flood, and to the end of the war desolations are determined.
And he will confirm the covenant with many for one week, and in the midst of the week, he will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations, he will make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined will be poured upon the desolate."
In the third year of Cyrus, king of Persia, a thing was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing [was] true, but the time appointed [was] long, and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.
His body [was] also like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. *Revelation 1:13 - 16
And he said to me, "O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I am now sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood trembling.
Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come for your words.
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for twenty one days, but, look, Michael, *2:98 one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
And, behold, [one] like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips, then I opened my mouth, and spoke, and said to him who stood before me, "O my lord, by the vision, my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.
And said, "O man, greatly beloved, do not fear, peace [be] to you, be strong, indeed, be strong." And when he had spoken to me, I was strengthened, and said, "Let my lord speak; for you have strengthened me."
But I will show you that which is noted in the Scripture of Truth, and [there are] none who hold with me in these things, but Michael *2:98 your prince."
And now I will show you the truth. Behold, there will yet stand up, three kings in Persia; and the fourth will be far richer than [them] all, and by his strength, through his riches, he will stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
And when he will stand up, his kingdom will be broken, and will be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled, for his kingdom will be plucked up, even for others beside those.
And in the end of years, they will join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south will come to the king of the north to make an agreement, but she will not retain the power of the arm; neither will he stand, nor his arm, but she will be given up, and those who brought her, and he who fathered her, and he who strengthened her in [these] times.
But out of a branch of her roots, [one] will stand up in his estate, who will come with an army, and will enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and will deal against them, and will prevail.
And will also carry their gods captives into Egypt, with their princes, [and] with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he will continue [more] years than the king of the north.
But his sons will be stirred up, and will assemble a multitude of great forces, and [one] will certainly come, and overflow, and pass through, then he will return, and be stirred up, [even] to his fortress.
And the king of the south will be moved with choler, and will come forth and fight with him, [even] with the king of the north, and he will set forth a great multitude; but the multitude will be given into his hand.
So the king of the north will come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities, and the arms of the south will not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither [will there be any] strength to withstand.
He will also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus he will do, and he will give him the daughter of women, corrupting her, but she will not stand [on his side], neither be for him.
After this, he will turn his face to the isles, and will take many, but a prince for his own behalf will cause the reproach offered by him to cease; without his own reproach, he will cause [it] to turn upon him.
He will enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he will do [that] which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he will scatter the prey among them, and spoil, and riches, [indeed], and he will forecast his devices against the strongholds, even for a time.
And he will stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south will be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he will not stand, for they will forecast devices against him.
For the ships of Chittim will come against him, therefore he will be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant, so he will do; he will even return, and have intelligence with those who forsake the holy covenant.
And the king will do according to his will; and he will exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and will speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and will prosper until the indignation is accomplished, for that which is determined, will be done.
Thus he will do in the most strongholds with a strange god, whom he will acknowledge [and] increase with glory, and he will cause them to rule over many, and will divide the land for gain.
And at the time of the end, the king of the south will push at him, and the king of the north will come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he will enter into the countries, and will overflow and pass over.
And at that time, Michael *2:98 will stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people, and there will be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time, *Matthew 24:21 and at that time your people will be delivered, everyone who will be found written in the book.
And I heard the man clothed in linen, who [was] upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that [it will be] for a time, times, and a half; and when He will have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these [things] will be finished.