Also I in the firstyear of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet threekings in Persia; and the fourth shall be farricher than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.3
And a mightyking shall stand up , that shall rule with greatdominion, and do according to his will.4
And when he shall stand up , his kingdom shall be broken , and shall be divided toward the fourwinds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled : for his kingdom shall be plucked up , even for others beside those.
And the king of the south shall be strong , and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion ; his dominion shall be a greatdominion.6
And in the end of years they shall join themselves together ; for the king'sdaughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand , nor his arm: but she shall be given up , and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times.7
But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail :
And shall also carrycaptives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their preciousavessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.9
So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.10
But his sons shall be stirred up , and shall assemble a multitude of greatforces: and one shall certainlycome , and overflow , and pass through : then shall he return , and be stirred up , even to his fortress.11
And the king of the south shall be moved with choler , and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a greatmultitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.12
And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up ; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.
For the king of the north shall return , and shall set forth a multitudegreater than the former, and shall certainlycomeafterbcertainyears with a greatarmy and with muchriches.14
And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south: also the robberscof thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision; but they shall fall .
So the king of the north shall come , and cast up a mount, and take the most fencedcities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand , neither his chosenpeople, neither shall there be any strength to withstand .
But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall standbefore him: and he shall stand in the gloriousdland, which by his hand shall be consumed.17
He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus shall he do : and he shall give him the daughter of women,corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him.
After this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall takemany: but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease ; without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him.
Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall , and not be found .
Then shall stand up in his estatee a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom: but within fewdays he shall be destroyed , neither in anger, nor in battle.21
And in his estatef shall stand up a vile person , to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.22
And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken ; yea, also the prince of the covenant.23
And after the league made with him he shall workdeceitfully: for he shall come up , and shall become strong with a smallpeople.24
He shall enterpeaceablyg even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done , nor his fathers'fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.25
And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a greatarmy; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a verygreat and mightyarmy; but he shall not stand : for they shall forecastdevices against him.
Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow : and many shall fall down slain.27
And both these kings'heartsh shall be to do mischief , and they shall speaklies at onetable; but it shall not prosper : for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.28
Then shall he return into his land with greatriches; and his heart shall be against the holycovenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.29
At the time appointed he shall return , and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.30
For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved , and return , and have indignation against the holycovenant: so shall he do ; he shall even return , and have intelligence with them that forsake the holycovenant.31
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate .
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupti by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong , and do exploits.
And they that understand among the people shall instructmany: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.34
Now when they shall fall , they shall be holpen with a littlehelp: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.35
And some of them of understanding shall fall , to try them, and to purge ,j and to make them white , even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.36
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished : for that that is determined shall be done .
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathersknew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with preciousstones, and pleasant things.39
Thus shall he do in the most strongholds with a strangegod, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.40
And at the time of the end shall the king of the southpush at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind , with chariots, and with horsemen, and with manyships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over .
He shall enter also into the gloriouskland, and many countries shall be overthrown : but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.42
He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.43
But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.44
But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with greatfury to destroy , and utterly to make awaymany.45
And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the gloriouslholymountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.