Then the king of the North will come and build up siege ramps1 and will capture a fortified city. The forces of the South will be powerless to resist; even their best troops will not have the strength to stand.
The invader will do as he pleases;2 no one will be able to stand against him.3 He will establish himself in the Beautiful Land and will have the power to destroy it.417
He will determine to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will make an alliance with the king of the South. And he will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom, but his plansa will not succeed5 or help him.
Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands6 and will take many of them, but a commander will put an end to his insolence and will turn his insolence back upon him.719
After this, he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own country but will stumble and fall,8 to be seen no more.920
"His successor will send out a tax collector to maintain the royal splendor.10 In a few years, however, he will be destroyed, yet not in anger or in battle.
"He will be succeeded by a contemptible11 person who has not been given the honor of royalty.12 He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue.
Then an overwhelming army will be swept away13 before him; both it and a prince of the covenant will be destroyed.1423
After coming to an agreement with him, he will act deceitfully,15 and with only a few people he will rise to power.
When the richest provinces feel secure, he will invade them and will achieve what neither his fathers nor his forefathers did. He will distribute plunder, loot and wealth among his followers.16 He will plot the overthrow of fortresses--but only for a time.
"With a large army he will stir up his strength and courage against the king of the South. The king of the South will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to stand because of the plots devised against him.