It grew until it reached1 the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth2 and trampled3 on them.
It set itself up to be as great as the Prince4 of the host;5 it took away the daily sacrifice6 from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low.712
Because of rebellion, the host [of the saints]a and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.813
Then I heard a holy one9 speaking, and another holy one said to him, "How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled10--the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled11 underfoot?"
He said to me, "It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated."12
While I, Daniel, was watching the vision13 and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man.1416
And I heard a man's voice from the Ulai15 calling, "Gabriel,16 tell this man the meaning of the vision."1717
As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate.18 "Son of man," he said to me, "understand that the vision concerns the time of the end."1918
While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground.20 Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.2119
He said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath,22 because the vision concerns the appointed time23 of the end.b2420
The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia.2521
The shaggy goat is the king of Greece,26 and the large horn between his eyes is the first king.2722
The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.
"In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise.
He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people.2825
He will cause deceit29 to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes.30 Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.3126
"The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true,32 but seal33 up the vision, for it concerns the distant future."34