by those who eat of the royal rations. They shall break him, his army shall be swept away, and many shall fall slain.
The two kings, their minds bent on evil, shall sit at one table and exchange lies. But it shall not succeed, for there remains an end at the time appointed.
He shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. He shall work his will, and return to his own land.
"At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but this time it shall not be as it was before.
For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall lose heart and withdraw. He shall be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay heed to those who forsake the holy covenant.
Forces sent by him shall occupy and profane the temple and fortress. They shall abolish the regular burnt offering and set up the abomination that makes desolate.
He shall seduce with intrigue those who violate the covenant; but the people who are loyal to their God shall stand firm and take action.
The wise among the people shall give understanding to many; for some days, however, they shall fall by sword and flame, and suffer captivity and plunder.
When they fall victim, they shall receive a little help, and many shall join them insincerely.
Some of the wise shall fall, so that they may be refined, purified, and cleansed, a until the time of the end, for there is still an interval until the time appointed.
"The king shall act as he pleases. He shall exalt himself and consider himself greater than any god, and shall speak horrendous things against the God of gods. He shall prosper until the period of wrath is completed, for what is determined shall be done.
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