With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist1 him.
"Those who are wise will instruct2 many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.334
When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere4 will join them.
Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined,5 purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.
"The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself6 above every god and will say unheard-of things7 against the God of gods.8 He will be successful until the time of wrath9 is completed, for what has been determined must take place.1037
He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all.
Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.
He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.a40
"At the time of the end the king of the South11 will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm12 out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood.1341
He will also invade the Beautiful Land.14 Many countries will fall, but Edom,15 Moab16 and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand.
He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape.