36 "Then the king will 1do as he pleases, and he will exalt and 2magnify himself above every god and will 3speak monstrous things against the 4God of gods; and he will prosper until the 5indignation is finished, for that which is 6decreed will be done.
37 "He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all.
38 "But instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures.
39 "He will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to those who acknowledge him and will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel out land for a price.
40 "At the 7end time the 8king of the South will collide with him, and the 9king of the North will 10storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, 11overflow them and pass through.
41 "He will also enter the 12Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, 13Moab and the foremost of the sons of 14Ammon.
42 "Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape.
43 "But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and 15Libyans and 16Ethiopians will follow at his heels.
44 "But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many.
45 "He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful 17Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.