"Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he 1and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority.
After some years 2they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supporteda her in those times.
"And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the 3fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail.
He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious 4vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north.
Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land.
"His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall keep coming 5and overflow and pass through, and again shall carry the war as far as his 6fortress.
Then the king of the south, 7moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. 8And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand.
And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail.
For the king of the north shall again 9raise a multitude, greater than the first. And 10after some yearsb he shall come on with a great army and abundant supplies.
"In those times many shall rise against the king of the south, and the violent among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but 11they shall fail.
Then the king of the north shall come and 12throw up siegeworks and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his best troops, for there shall be no strength to stand.
But he who comes against him shall 13do as he wills, and 14none shall stand before him. And he shall stand in 15the glorious land, with destruction in his hand.
He shall 16set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of an agreement and perform them. He shall give him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom,c but it shall not stand or be to his advantage.
Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them, but a commander shall put an end to his insolence. Indeed,d he 17shall turn his insolence back upon him.
Then he shall turn his face back toward the 18fortresses of his own land, but he shall 19stumble and fall, 20and shall not be found.
"Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an 21exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle.
In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. 22He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom 23by flatteries.
Armies shall be 24utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant.
And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people.
2425Without warning he shall come into 26the richest partse of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers' fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time.
And he shall stir up his power and his heart against 27the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him.
Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be 28swept away, and many shall fall down slain.
And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for 29the end is yet to be at the time appointed.
And he shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. And he shall work his will and return to his own land.
"At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before.
For ships of 30Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and 31be enraged and 32take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant.
Forces from him shall appear and 33profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And 34they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate.
He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
3335And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder.
When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery,
and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, 36purified, and 37made white, until 38the time of the end, 39for it still awaits the appointed time.