Then a mighty king will appear, who will rule with great power and do as he pleases.14
After he has appeared, his empire will be broken up and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven.2 It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted3 and given to others.
"The king of the South will become strong, but one of his commanders will become even stronger than he and will rule his own kingdom with great power.
After some years, they will become allies. The daughter of the king of the South will go to the king of the North to make an alliance, but she will not retain her power, and he and his powera will not last. In those days she will be handed over, together with her royal escort and her fatherb and the one who supported her.
"One from her family line will arise to take her place. He will attack the forces of the king of the North4 and enter his fortress; he will fight against them and be victorious.
He will also seize their gods,5 their metal images and their valuable articles of silver and gold and carry them off to Egypt.6 For some years he will leave the king of the North alone.
Then the king of the North will invade the realm of the king of the South but will retreat to his own country.
His sons will prepare for war and assemble a great army, which will sweep on like an irresistible flood7 and carry the battle as far as his fortress.
"Then the king of the South will march out in a rage and fight against the king of the North, who will raise a large army, but it will be defeated.812
When the army is carried off, the king of the South will be filled with pride and will slaughter many thousands, yet he will not remain triumphant.
For the king of the North will muster another army, larger than the first; and after several years, he will advance with a huge army fully equipped.