"In the 1firstyear of Darius the Mede, aI arose to be ban encouragement and a protection for him.
"And now I will tell you the 2truth. Behold, threemorekings are going to arisecin Persia. Then a fourth will gainfarmorerichesthanall of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, dhe will arouse the whole empire against the realm of e3Greece.
"And a 4mightyking will arise, and he will rule with greatauthority and 5do as he pleases.
"But as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom will be broken up and parceled out 6toward the 7fourfpoints of the compass, though not to his own descendants, nor according to his authoritywhich he wielded, for his sovereignty will be 8uprooted and given to othersbesidesgthem.
"Then the 9king of the South will growstrong, halong with one of his princesiwho will gainascendancyover him and obtaindominion ; his domain will be a greatdominion indeed.
6"After some years they will form an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the South will come to the 10king of the North to carry out ja peacefularrangement. But she will not retain her kposition of power, nor will he remain with his lpower, but she will be given up, along with those who brought her in and the one who sired her as well as he who supported her in those times.
"But one of the mdescendants of her line will arise in his place, and he will comeagainst their army and enter the 11fortress of the king of the North, and he will deal with them and display great strength.
8"Also their 12gods with their nmetalimages and their preciousvessels of silver and gold he will take into captivity to Egypt, and he on his part will orefrain from attacking the king of the North for some years.
"Then pthe latter will enter the realm of the king of the South, but will return to his own land.
"His sons will qmobilize and assemble a multitude of greatforces ; and one of them will keep on coming and 13overflow and passthrough, that he may ragainwagewar up to his very fortress.
"The 14king of the South will be enraged and goforth and fightswith the king of the North. Then the latter will raise a greatmultitude, but that multitude will be given into tthe hand of the former.
"When the multitude is carried away, his heart will be lifted up, and he will cause tens of thousands to fall ; yet he will not prevail.
"For the king of the North will againraise a greatermultitudethan the former, and uafter an 15interval of someyears he will vpress on with a greatarmy and muchequipment.
"Now in thosetimesmany will rise up against the king of the South ; the violentones among your people will also lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they will wfalldown.
"Then the king of the North will come, cast up a 16siegeramp and capture a well-fortifiedcity ; and the forces of the South will not stand their ground, not even xtheir choicesttroops, for there will be nostrength to make a stand.
"But he who comesagainst him will 17do as he pleases, and 18noone will be able to withstand him; he will also stay for a time in the y19BeautifulLand, with destruction in his hand.
"He will 20set his face to come with the power of his wholekingdom, zbringing with him aaa proposal of peace which he will put into effect ; he will also give him the daughter of women to ruin it. But she will not take a stand for him or be bbon his side.
"Then he will turn his face to the 21coastlands and capturemany. But a commander will put a stop to his scorn against him; moreover, he will 22repay him for his scorn.
"So he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will 23stumble and fall and be 24foundno more.
"Then in his place one will arise who will 25send an ccoppressorthrough the ddJewel of his kingdom ; yet within a fewdays he will be shattered, though not in angernor in battle.
"In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and 26seize the kingdom by intrigue.
"The overflowing27forces will be floodedawaybefore him and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant.
23"After an alliance is made with him he will practicedeception, and he will go up and gainpower with a small force of people.
"eeIn a time of tranquility he will enter the 28richest parts of the ffrealm, and he will accomplishwhat his fathersneverdid, nor his ggancestors ; he will distributeplunder, booty and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemesagainststrongholds, but only for a time.
"He will stir up his strength and hhcourageagainst the 29king of the South with a largearmy ; so the king of the South will mobilize an extremelylarge and mightyarmy for war ; but he will not stand, for schemes will be devisedagainst him.
"Those who eat his choicefood will iidestroy him, and his army will jj30overflow, but many will falldownslain.
"As for bothkings, their hearts will be intent on 31evil, and they will 32speaklies to each other at the sametable ; but it will not succeed, for the 33end is still to come at the appointedtime.
"Then he will return to his land with muchkkplunder ; but his heart will be set against the holycovenant, and he will takeaction and then return to his own land.
"At the appointedtime he will return and come into the South, but llthis lasttime it will not turn out the way it did before.
"For ships of mm34Kittim will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened and will return and becomeenraged at the holycovenant and takeaction ; so he will comeback and showregard for those who forsake the holycovenant.
31"Forces from him will arise, 35desecrate the sanctuaryfortress, and doaway with the regularsacrifice. And they will set up the 36abominationnnof desolation.
"By 37smooth words he will ooturn to godlessness those who actwickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display38strength and takeaction.
"pp39Those who haveinsight among the people will giveunderstanding to the many ; yet they will 40fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days.
"Now when they fall they will be granted a littlehelp, and many will 41join with them in 42hypocrisy.
35"Some of qqthose who haveinsight will fall, in order to 43refine, 44purge and make them rr45pureuntil the 46endtime ; because it is still to come at the appointedtime.
"Then the king will 47do as he pleases, and he will exalt and 48magnify himself aboveeverygod and will 49speakssmonstrousthingsagainst the 50God of gods ; and he will prosperuntil the 51indignation is finished, for that which is 52decreed will be done.
"He will shownoregard for the ttgods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he showregard for any other god ; for he will magnify himself above them all.
"But uuinstead he will honor a god of fortresses, a godwhom his fathers did not know ; he will honor him with gold, silver, costlystones and treasures.
"He will takeaction against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreigngod ; he will givegreathonor to vvthose whoacknowledge him and will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel out land for a price.
"At the 53endtime the 54king of the South will collide with him, and the 55king of the North will 56stormagainst him with chariots, with horsemen and with manyships ; and he will entercountries, 57overflow them and passthrough.
"He will also enter the ww58BeautifulLand, and many countries will fall ; but these will be rescued out of his hand : Edom, 59Moab and the foremost of the sons of 60Ammon.
"Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape.
"But he will xxgaincontrol over the hiddentreasures of gold and silver and over all the preciousthings of Egypt ; and 61Libyans and 62Ethiopians will follow at his yyheels.
"But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will goforth with greatwrath to destroy and zzannihilatemany.
"He will pitch the tents of his royalpavilionbetween the seas and the beautiful63HolyMountain ; yet he will come to his end, and noone will help him.