In the thirdyear of the reign of Belshazzar the king a visionappeared to me, aDaniel, subsequent to the one which appeared to me bpreviously.
I 1looked in the vision, and while I was looking I was in the citadel of 2Susa, which is in the province of 3Elam ; and I looked in the vision and I myself was beside the UlaicCanal.
Then I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a 4ram which had two horns was standing in front of the dcanal. Now the two horns were elong, but one was flongerthan the other, with the glongeronecoming up last.
I saw the ram5buttingwestward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could standbefore him nor was there anyone to rescue from his hpower, but 6he did as he pleased and magnified himself.
While I was observing, behold, a malegoat was coming from the westover the surface of the wholeearthwithouttouching the ground ; and the igoat had a 7conspicuoushornbetween his eyes.
He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seenstanding in front of the jcanal, and rushed at him in his mightywrath.
I saw him comebeside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his twohorns, and the ramhadnostrength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was none to rescue the ram from his kpower.
Then the malegoatmagnified himself exceedingly . But as soon as 8he was mighty, the 9largehorn was broken ; and in its place there came up fourconspicuous horns toward the 10fourwinds of heaven.
Out of one of them cameforth a rather 11smallhorn which grewexceedinglygreattoward the south, toward the east, and toward the l12Beautiful Land.
It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the 13stars to fall to the earth, and it 14trampled them down.
It even15magnified itself mto be equal with the nCommander of the host ; and it removed the 16regularsacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was throwndown.
And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regularsacrifice ; and it will 17flingtruth to the ground and perform its will and prosper.
Then I heard a 18holyonespeaking, and anotherholyonesaid to that particularone who was speaking, "19Howlong will the vision about the regularsacrifice apply, owhile the transgressioncauseshorror, so as to allow both the holy place and the hostpto be 20trampled ?"
He said to me, "For 212,300evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be qproperlyrestored."
When 22I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I soughtrto understand it; and behold, standingbefore me was one swholooked like a 23man.
And I heard the voice of a manbetween the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, "24Gabriel, givethis man an understanding of the vision."
So he camenear to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and 25fell on my face ; but he said to me, "Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the 26time of the end."
Now while he was talking with me, I 27sank into a deepsleep with my face to the ground ; but he 28touched me and made me standtupright .
He said, "Behold, I am going to 29let you knowwhat will occur at the finalperiod of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointedtime of the end.
"The shaggyugoat represents the vkingdom of Greece, and the largehorn that is between his eyes is the firstking.
"The 31broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent fourkingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power.
"In the latterperiod of their wrule, When the transgressors have xrun their course, A king will arise, yInsolent and skilled in zintrigue.
"His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will aa32destroy to an extraordinarydegree And prosper and perform his will; He will bbdestroymightymen and ccthe holypeople.
"And through his shrewdness He will cause deceit to succeed by his ddinfluence ; And he will magnify himself in his heart, And he will eedestroymany while they are ffat ease. He will even gg33oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken34withouthhhumanagency.
"The vision of the evenings and morningsWhich has been told is 35true ; But 36keep the visionsecret, For it pertains to many37days in the future."
Then I, Daniel, was ii38exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up again and 39carried on the king'sbusiness ; but I was astounded at the vision, and there was none to jjexplain it.