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Daniel 8

MSG 1 "In King Belshazzar's third year as king, another vision came to me, Daniel. This was now the second vision. NIV 1 In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. MSG 2 "In the vision, I saw myself in Susa, the capital city of the province Elam, standing at the Ulai Canal. NIV 2 In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal. MSG 3 Looking around, I was surprised to see a ram also standing at the gate. The ram had two huge horns, one bigger than the other, but the bigger horn was the last to appear. NIV 3 I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. MSG 4 I watched as the ram charged: first west, then north, then south. No beast could stand up to him. He did just as he pleased, strutting as if he were king of the beasts. NIV 4 I watched the ram as it charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against it, and none could rescue from its power. It did as it pleased and became great. MSG 5 "While I was watching this, wondering what it all meant, I saw a billy goat with an immense horn in the middle of its forehead come up out of the west and fly across the whole country, not once touching the ground. NIV 5 As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. MSG 6 The billy goat approached the double-horned ram that I had earlier seen standing at the gate and, enraged, charged it viciously. NIV 6 It came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at it in great rage. MSG 7 I watched as, mad with rage, it charged the ram and hit it so hard that it broke off its two horns. The ram didn't stand a chance against it. The billy goat knocked the ram to the ground and stomped all over it. Nothing could have saved the ram from the goat. NIV 7 I saw it attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering its two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against it; the goat knocked it to the ground and trampled on it, and none could rescue the ram from its power. MSG 8 "Then the billy goat swelled to an enormous size. At the height of its power its immense horn broke off and four other big horns sprouted in its place, pointing to the four points of the compass. NIV 8 The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven. MSG 9 And then from one of these big horns another horn sprouted. It started small, but then grew to an enormous size, facing south and east - toward lovely Palestine. NIV 9 Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. MSG 10 The horn grew tall, reaching to the stars, the heavenly army, and threw some of the stars to the earth and stomped on them. NIV 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. MSG 11 It even dared to challenge the power of God, Prince of the Celestial Army! And then it threw out daily worship and desecrated the Sanctuary. NIV 11 It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the LORD; it took away the daily sacrifice from the LORD, and his sanctuary was thrown down. MSG 12 As judgment against their sin, the holy people of God got the same treatment as the daily worship. The horn cast God's Truth aside. High-handed, it took over everything and everyone. NIV 12 Because of rebellion, the LORD’s people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground. MSG 13 "Then I overheard two holy angels talking. One asked, 'How long is what we see here going to last - the abolishing of daily worship, this devastating judgment against sin, the kicking around of God's holy people and the Sanctuary?' NIV 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled—the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and the trampling underfoot of the LORD’s people?” MSG 14 "The other answered, 'Over the course of 2,300 sacrifices, evening and morning. Then the Sanctuary will be set right again.' NIV 14 He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.” MSG 15 "While I, Daniel, was trying to make sense of what I was seeing, suddenly there was a humanlike figure standing before me. NIV 15 While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. MSG 16 "Then I heard a man's voice from over by the Ulai Canal calling out, 'Gabriel, tell this man what is going on. Explain the vision to him.' NIV 16 And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.” MSG 17 He came up to me, but when he got close I became terrified and fell facedown on the ground. NIV 17 As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.” MSG 18 As soon as he spoke, I fainted, my face in the dirt. But he picked me up and put me on my feet. NIV 18 While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet. MSG 19 "And then he continued, 'I want to tell you what is going to happen as the judgment days of wrath wind down, for there is going to be an end to all this. NIV 19 He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. MSG 20 "'The double-horned ram you saw stands for the two kings of the Medes and Persians. NIV 20 The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. MSG 21 The billy goat stands for the kingdom of the Greeks. The huge horn on its forehead is the first Greek king. NIV 21 The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king. MSG 22 The four horns that sprouted after it was broken off are the four kings that come after him, but without his power. NIV 22 The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power. MSG 23 "'As their kingdoms cool down and rebellions heat up, A king will show up, hard-faced, a master trickster. NIV 23 “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. MSG 24 His power will swell enormously. He'll talk big, high-handedly, Doing whatever he pleases, knocking off heroes and holy ones left and right. NIV 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. MSG 25 He'll plot and scheme to make crime flourish - and oh, how it will flourish! He'll think he's invincible and get rid of anyone who gets in his way. But when he takes on the Prince of all princes, he'll be smashed to bits - but not by human hands. NIV 25 He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power. MSG 26 This vision of the 2,300 sacrifices, evening and morning, is accurate but confidential. Keep it to yourself. It refers to the far future.' NIV 26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.” MSG 27 "I, Daniel, walked around in a daze, unwell for days. Then I got a grip on myself and went back to work taking care of the king's affairs. But I continued to be upset by the vision. I couldn't make sense of it. NIV 27 I, Daniel, was worn out. I lay exhausted for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.

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