|Daniel 11 |
1 "Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
2 And now will I show you the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all. By his strength due to his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece.
3 And a mighty king [Alexander the Great] shall stand up, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
4 And when he shall stand up [Alexander dies], his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided [among his generals] toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion [Greece], which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
5 And the king of the south [Egypt] shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion.
6 And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north [Syria] to make an agreement; but she shall not retain the power of her strength. Neither shall he remain strong; but she shall be given up, along with those who brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times.
7 But out of a branch of her roots [in Egypt] shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north [Syria], and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:
8 And he shall also carry captives into Egypt with their gods, their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.
9 The king of the north shall come into the kingdom of the south, but he shall return to his own land.
10 But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces; and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through. Then he shall return, and be stirred up, even to his [the King of the South's] fortress.
11 And the king of the south shall be moved with anger, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north; and he shall muster a great multitude, but the multitude shall be given into his [Egypt's] hand.
12 And when he has taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.
13 For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches.
14 And in those times many shall stand up against the king of the south; also including the violent of your people, who shall exalt themselves to establish their vision, but they shall fall.
15 So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a siege mound, and take most of the fortressed cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
16 But he [Antiochus III the Great, father of Antiochus Epiphanes] that comes against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him; and he shall stand in the glorious land [Israel], which land by his hand shall be consumed.
17 He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus shall he do. He shall give [to the Egyptian king] his daughter to corrupt them; but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him.
18 After this shall he turn his face to the isles, and shall conquer many; but a prince on his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him [Antiochus] to cease. Without his own reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him [Antiochus].
19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fortress of his own land; but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.
20 Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom; but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle.
21 And in his estate [of Syria] shall stand up a vile person [Antiochus Epiphanes], to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom; but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
22 And with the arms of a flood massive armies will be defeated from before him, and shall be broken; yes, including the prince of the covenant.
23 And after peace has been made with him he shall work deceitfully, and he shall come up and become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province [Egypt]; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches. Yes, and he shall forecast his devices against the strongholds, even for a time.
25 And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand for they shall devise plots against him.
26 Yes, those who feed of the portion of his food shall destroy him [the Egyptian king], and his army shall retreat; and many shall fall down slain.
27 And both of these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.
28 Then shall he [Antiochus Epiphanes] returns to his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant [of Israel]. He shall be successful and return to his own land.
29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
30 For the ships of Cyprus shall come against him. Therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant [Israel]. So shall he do; he shall even return, and plot together with those Jews who forsaken the holy covenant.
31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate [the statue of Zeus].
32 And those Jews who wickedly work against the covenant shall be corrupted by his flatteries; but the people who know their God will be strong, and accomplish works for God.
33 And those who understand among the people shall instruct many; yet they shall fall by the sword, by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, for many days.
34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end because it is yet for a time appointed.
36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper until the indignation is accomplished. Because what has been determined, shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the god desired by women, nor regard any god for he shall magnify himself above all.
38 But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces; and a he shall honor a god, whom his fathers did not know, with gold, silver, precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he battle with most strongholds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
40 And at the time of the end the king of the south shall push at him; and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into their countries and shall overflow and pass over them.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land [Israel], and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries; and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him. Therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to destroy many.
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace [tents] between the seas in the glorious holy mountain [Zion]; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
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