Vision of the Ram and Goat1 In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar the king a vision appeared to me, ▼
▼ Lit I, DanielDaniel, subsequent to the one which appeared to me ▼
▼ Lit at the beginningpreviously. 2 I c looked in the vision, and while I was looking I was in the citadel of d Susa, which is in the province of e Elam; and I looked in the vision and I myself was beside the Ulai ▼ Canal. 3 Then I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a g ram which had two horns was standing in front of the ▼ canal. Now the two horns were ▼ long, but one was ▼ longer than the other, with the ▼ longer one coming up last. 4 I saw the ram l butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his ▼ power, but n he did as he pleased and magnified himself. 5 While I was observing, behold, a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground; and the ▼
▼ Lit buckgoat had a p conspicuous horn between his eyes. 6 He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the ▼ canal, and rushed at him in his mighty wrath. 7 I saw him come beside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his two horns, and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was none to rescue the ram from his ▼ power. 8 Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. But as soon as s he was mighty, the t large horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the u four winds of heaven.
The Little Horn9 Out of one of them came forth a rather v small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the ▼
▼ I.e. Palestine, x Beautiful Land. 10 It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the y stars to fall to the earth, and it z trampled them down. 11 It even aa magnified itself ▼
▼ Lit up to theto be equal with the ▼
▼ Or PrinceCommander of the host; and it removed the ad regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down. 12 And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will ae fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper. 13 Then I heard a af holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking ag “How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, ▼
▼ Or possibly and the transgression that horrifieswhile the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host ▼
▼ Lit as a tramplingto be aj trampled?” 14 He said to me, “For ak 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be ▼
▼ Lit vindicatedproperly restored.”
Interpretation of the Vision15 When am I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought ▼
▼ Lit understandingto understand it; and behold, standing before me was one ▼
▼ Lit like the appearance of a manwho looked like a ap man. 16 And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said aq “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.” 17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and ar fell on my face; but he said to me, “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the as time of the end.” 18 Now while he was talking with me, I at sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he au touched me and made me stand ▼
▼ Lit on my standingupright. 19 He said, “Behold, I am going to aw let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
The Ram’s Identity20 “The ax ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.
The Goat21 “The shaggy ▼
▼ Lit buckgoat represents the ▼
▼ Lit kingkingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 “The ba broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power. 23 “In the latter period of their ▼
▼ Or kingdomrule,
When the transgressors have ▼
▼ Lit finishedrun their course,
A king will arise,
▼ Lit Strong of faceInsolent and skilled in ▼
▼ Or ambiguous speechintrigue.
24 “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power,
And he will ▼ , bg destroy to an extraordinary degree
And prosper and perform his will;
He will ▼ destroy mighty men and ▼
▼ Lit people of the saintsthe holy people.
25 “And through his shrewdness
He will cause deceit to succeed by his ▼ influence;
And he will magnify himself in his heart,
And he will ▼ destroy many while they are ▼
▼ Or secureat ease.
He will even ▼
▼ Lit stand against, bn oppose the Prince of princes,
But he will be broken bo without ▼ human agency.
26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings
Which has been told is bq true;
But br keep the vision secret,
For it pertains to many bs days in the future.”
27 Then I, Daniel, was ▼
▼ Or done in, bu exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up again and bv carried on the king’s business; but I was astounded at the vision, and there was none to ▼
▼ Lit make me understandexplain it.
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