Daniel 8

VIN(i) 1 "During the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, I, Daniel, saw a vision after the earlier vision that had appeared to me. 2 As I observed the vision, I looked around the citadel of Susa in Elam Province. While I watched, I found myself beside the Ulai Canal. 3 Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked. And behold, a ram with two horns stood before the canal having two horns, and the two horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I watched the ram charging westward, northward, and southward. No animal could stand before him, nor was there anyone who could deliver from his control. He did as he pleased and exalted himself. 5 And I was considering, and, behold, a he-goat came from the south-west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the earth: and the goat had a horn between his eyes. 6 It approached the ram with the two horns that I had observed while standing beside the canal, and charged at him, out of control with rage. 7 I saw him come close to the ram. He was driven with anger and he struck the ram and broke his two horns. The ram had no power to stand before him. He threw him down to the ground, and trampled upon him. No one could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 The male goat became very strong. But when he was strong, the large horn was broken; and instead of it there came up four prominent horns toward the four winds of heaven. 9 Out of one of them came forth a little horn, which grew exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the beautiful land. 10 and it greatens to the host of the heavens; and it fells some of the host and of the stars to the earth, and tramples them. 11 It magnified itself, even to the prince of the host. It took the continual burnt offering from him and the place of his sanctuary was thrown down. 12 The host was given over to it together with the daily sacrifice because of transgression. And it cast down truth to the ground, and kept prospering. 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who spoke, "How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression that makes desolate, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled?" 14 He said to me: "Two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary will be cleansed." 15 Now when I, Daniel, had seen this vision, and sought for the understanding of it: behold, there stood before me a thing like unto a man. 16 And I heard a man's voice in the river of Ulai, which cried, and said, "O Gabriel, make this man understand the vision." 17 "As he approached where I was standing, I became terrified and fell on my face. But he said to me, 'Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.' 18 And while he was speaking to me, I fell flat with my face on the ground. Then he touched me and set me on my feet, 19 He said: I will make you know what will happen in the final time of indignation for the vision is for the appointed time of the end. 20 "The ram that you saw who had two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the shaggy goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king. 22 The shattered horn and the four that took its place are four kingdoms that will come from his nation, but they will not have his strength. 23 In the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressions have reached their full measure, a rash and deceitful king shall arise. 24 His power will be mighty, but not by his own power. He will destroy awesomely, and will prosper in what he does. He will destroy the mighty ones and the holy people. 25 "Through his policy he will cause deceit to prosper in his hand. He will boast about himself in his heart. In their security they will destroy many. He will even stand up against the prince of princes; but he will be destroyed without human power. 26 The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true: but seal up the vision; for it belongs to many days to come. 27 I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick for some days. Then I rose up, and did the king's business. I wondered at the vision, but no one understood it.