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694 The vision of God's kingdom. DANIEL. The vision of the ram and goat. nations, and languages, should serve him : 11

CHAP. VIII. his dominion is an everlasting dominion, 1 Daniel's vision of the ram and he-goat, which shall not pass away, and his king | 13 The two thousand three hundred dom that which shall not be destroyed. ! days of sacrifice.

15 T I Daniel was grieved in my spirit TN the third year of the reign of king in the midst of my body, and the visions 1 Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, of my head troubled me..

even unto me Daniel, after that which 16' I came near unto one of them that appeared unto me at the first. stood by, and asked him the truth of all 2 And I saw in a vision; and it came this. So he told me, and made me know to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan the interpretation of the things.

in the palace, which is in the province of 17 These great beasts, which are four, Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was are four kings, which shall arise out of || by the river of Ulaj. the earth.

3 Then I lifted up mine eves, and saw, 18 But the saints of the most High shall || and behold, there stood before the river take the kingdom, and possess the king-a ram which had two horns: and the two dom for ever, even for ever and ever. horns were high ; but one was higher than

19 Then I would know the truth of the other, and the higher came up last. the fourth beast, which was diverse from 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose || northward, and southward ; so that no teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; beast might stand before him, neither svas which devoured, brake in pieces, and there any that could deliver out of his stamped the residue with his feet ; hand; but he did according to his will,

20*And of the ten hoins that were in and became great." liis liead, and of the other which came 5 And as I was considering, behold, an up, and before whom three fell ; even of he-goat came from the west on the face that horn that had eyes, and a mouth of the whole earth, and touched not the that spakę very great things, whose look ground; and the goat had a notable horn vas more stout than his fellows.

between his eyes. 21 I beheld, and the same horn made 6 And he came to the ram that had war with the saints, and prevailed against trvo horns, which I had seen standing bethem;

fore the river, and ran unto him in the 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and fury of his power. judgment was given to the saints of the Ý And I saw him come close unto the most High ; and the time came that the ram, and he was moved with choler asaints possessed the kingdom.

gainst him, and smote the ram, and brake 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall his two horns, and there was no power be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which in the ram to stand before him, but he shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and cast him down to the ground, and stampshall devour the whole earth, and shall ed upon him: and there was none that tread it down, and break it in pieces. could deliver the ram out of his hand.

24 And the ten horns out of this king 8 Therefore the he-goat waxed very dom are ten kings that shall arise : and I great: and when he was strong, the great another shall rise after them ; and he horn was broken ; and for it came up shall be diverse from the first, and he four notable ones toward the four winds shall subdue three kings.

of heaven. 25 And he shall speak great words a. 9 An out of one of them came forth a gainst the most High, and shall wear out little horn, which waxed exceeding great, the saints of the most High, and think to toward the south, and toward the east, change times and laws; and they shall be and toward the pleasant land. given into his hand until a time and times | 10 And it waxed great, even to the host and the dividing of time.

of heaven; and it cast down some of the 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they host and of the stars to the ground, and shall take away his dominion to consume stamped upon them. and to destroy it unto the end.

11 Yea, he magnified himself even to 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the prince of the host, and by him the the greatness of the kingdom under the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the whole licaven, shall be given to the peo place of his sanctuary was cast down. ple of the saints of the most High, whose 12 And an host was given him against kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and the daily sacrifice by reason of transgresall dominions shall serve and obey him. sion, and it cast down the truth to the

28 Hitherto is the end of the matter, ground; and it practised, and prospered. As for me Daniel, iny cogitations much 13 | Then I heard one saint speaking, troubled me, and my countenance chang and another saint said unto that certain ed in me : but I kept the matter in my l sain which spake, How long shall be the heart

"vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and

The vision interpreted. CHAP. IX. Daniel's confession and prayer. 693 the transgression of desolation, to give both which was made king over the realm of the sanctuary and the host to be trodden || the Chaldeans; under foot ?

2 In the first year of his reign I Dan14 And he said unto me, Unto two || iel understood by books the number of thousand and three hundred days; then the years, whereof the word of the LORD shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he 15 And it came to pass, when I, even | would accomplish seventy years in the I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought desolations of Jerusalem. for the meaning, then behold, there stood | 3 | And I set my face unto the Lord before me as the appearance of a man. God, to seek by prayer and supplications,

16 And I heard a man's voice between with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes : the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, 4 And I prayed unto the LORD my Gabriel, make this man to understand God, and made my confession, and said, the vision.

O Lord, the great and dreadful God, 17 So he came near where I stood : and keeping the covenant and mercy to theni when he came, I was afraid, and fell up- that love him, and to them that keep his on my face : but he said unto me, Un commandments; derstand, O son of man : for at the time I 5 We have sinned, and have committed of the end shall be the vision.

iniquity, and have done wickedly, and 18 Now as he was speaking with me, have rebelled, even by departing from I was in a deep sleep on my face toward thy precepts and from thy judgments : the ground : but he touched me, and set il 6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy mt upright.

servants the prophets, which spake in thy 19 And he said, Behold, I will make | name to our kings, our princes, and our thee know what shall be in the last end fathers, and to all the people of the land. of the indignation : for at the time ap-! 70 Lord, righteousness belongcth unto pointed the end shall be.

thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at 20 The ram which thou sawest having this day ; to the men of Judah, and to the bwo horns are the kings of Media and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all IsPersia.

rael, that are near, and that are far off, 21 And the rough goat is the king of through all the countries whither thou Grecia : and the great horn that is be- hast driven them, because of their trespass tween his eyes is the first king.

that they have trespassed against thee. 22 Now that being broken, whereas four 1 8 O Lord, to us belungeth confusion of stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand face, to our kings, to our princes, and up out of the nation, but not in his power. to our fathers, because we have sinned a

23 And in the latter time of their king- ' gainst thee. dom, wlien the trausgressors are come to 9 To the Lord our God belong merthe full, a king of fierce countenance, and ciesand forgivenesses, though we have reunderstanding dark sentences, shall stand belled against him; up.

10 Neither have we obeyed the voice 24 And his power shall be mighty, but of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, not by his own power : and he shall de- which he set before us by his servants stroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and the prophets. practise, and shall destroy the mighty and i 11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy the holy people.

law, even by departing, that they might 25 And through his policy also he shall || not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is cause craft to prosper in his hand ; and poured upon us, and the oath that is writhe shall magnify himself in his heart, and ten in the law of Moses the servant of by peace shall ciestroy many: he shali also God, because we have sinned against him. stand up against the Prince of princes ; l 12 And he hath confirmed his words, but he shall be broken without hand. which he spake against us, and against

26 And the vision of the evening and our judges that judged us, by bringing the morning which was told is true : | upon us a great evil: for under the whole wherefore shut thou up the vision ; for it | heaven hath not been done as had been shall be for many days.

done upon Jerusalem. 27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, certain days; atterward I rose up, and did | all this evil is come upon us : yet made the king's business; and I was astonished we not our prayer before the LORD Oul' at the vision, but pone understood il. God, that we might turn from our inCHAP. IX.

liquities, and understand thy truth. 1 Danielconfesseth his sins, 16 prayrth for 14 Therefore hath the LORD watched the restoration of Jerusalem. 20 Gabriel || upon the evil, and brought it upon us :

in formeth him of the seventy weeks. ll for the LORD our God is righteous in all IN the first year of Darius the son of || his works whic! hedie:!: Aserbredi 1 Ahasuerus, of ihe seed of the Icdes, not luis voice.

696 The seventy weeks.

DANIEL.

- Daniels vision. 15 And now, OLORD our God, that hast 11 27 And he shall confirm the covenant brought thy people forth out of the land | with many for one week: and in the midst of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast ll of the week he shall cause the sacrifice gotten thee renown, as at this day; we and the oblation to cease, and for the have sinned, we have done wickelly. overspreading of abominations, he shall

16 TO Lord, according to all thy right- make it desolate, even until the consume eousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger mation, and that determined shall be and thy fury be turned away from thy city poured upon the desolate. Jerusalem, thy holy mountain : because

CHAP. X. for our sins and for the iniquities of our i Daniel having humbled himself, seeth fathers, Jerúsalem and thy people are be a vision : 10 Being troubled wilh fear, come a reproach to all that are about us. he is comforted by an angel.

17 Now therefore, ( our God, hear || In the third year of Cyrus king of Perthe prayer of thy servant, and his suppli- | 1 sia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, cations, and cause thy face to shine upon whose name was called Belteshazzar; and thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the the thing was true, but the time appointLORD's sake.

lied was long: and he understood the thing, 18 ( my God, incline thine ear, and and had understanding of the vision. hear ; open thine eyes, and behold our 2 In those days I Daniel was mourning desolations, and the city which is called three full weeks. by thy pame: for we do not present our 3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came supplications before thee for our right- flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did eousnesses, but for thy great mercies. I anoint myself at all, till three whole

19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive;. 0 weeks were fulfilled. Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for 4 And in the four and twentieth day thine own sake, O my God : for thy city of the first month, as I was by the sile of and thy people are called by thy name. the great river, which is Hildekel;

20 ? And while I was speaking, and 5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and lookpraying, and confessing my sin, and the sin ed, and behold a certain män clothed in of my people Israel, and presenting my linen, whose loins were girded with fine supplication before the LORD my God gold of Uphaz; for the holy mountain of my God;

6 His body also quas like the beryl, 21 Yea, while I was speaking in pray and his face as the appearance of lighter, even the man Gabriel, whom I had ning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and seen in the vision at the beginning, being bis arms and his fcet like in colour to polcaused to fly swiftly, touched me about ished brass, and the voice of his words the time of the evening oblation.

Il like the voice of a multitude. 22 And he informed me, and talked with 7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision : me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come for the men that were with me saw not forth to give thce skill and understanding, the vision ; but a great quaking feil upon

23 At the beginning of thy supplica thein, so that they fled to hide themselves, tions the commandment came forth, and 8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw I am come to shew thee ; for thou art this great vision, and there remained no greatly beloved: therefore understand the strength in me : for my comeliness was matter, and consider the vision.

turned in me into corruption, and I re24 Seventy weeks are determined upon tained no strength. thy people and upon thy holy city, to fin- 9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: ish the transgression, and to make an end and when I heard the voice of his words, of sins, and to make reconciliation for in then was I in a deep sleep on my fuce, iquity, and to bring in everlasting right- and my face toward the ground. eousness, and to seal up the vision and 10 | And behold, an hand touched me, prophecy, and to apoint the most Holy. which set me upon my knees and upon

25 Know therefore and understand, the palms of my hands, that from the going forth of the com- 11 And he said unto me, () Daniel, a mandment to restore and to build Jerusa- man greatly beloved, linderstand the lem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be words that 'I speak unto thee, and stand seven weeks, and threescore and two upright : for unto thee am I now sent. weeks: the street shall be built again, And when he had spoken this word unto and the wall, even in troublous times. me, I stoud trembling.

26 And after threescore and two weeks 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, shal Messiah be cut off, but not for him Daniel: for from the first day that thou self; and the people of the prince that didst set thine heart to understand, and to shall come shall destroy the city and the chasten thyself before thy Gol, thy words sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be were heard, and I am come for thy with a flood, and unto the end of the war words. desolations are determined,

13 But the prince of the kingdom of

Daniel is comforted.

Chap. XI. The overthrow of Persia. 697 Persia withstood me one and twenty days: 6 And in the end of years they shall but lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, join themselves together; for the king's came to help me; and I remained there, daughter of the south shall come to the with the kings of Persia.

. king of the north to make an agreement: • 14 Now I am come to make thee un- but she shall not retain the power of the derstand what shall befal thy people in arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: the latter days: for yet the vision is for but she shall be given up, and they that many days.

brought her, and he that begat her, and . 15 And when he had spoken such words he that strengthened her in these times. unto me, I set my face toward the ground, ! 7 But out of a branch of her roots and I became dumb.

shall one stand up in his estate, which shall 16 And behold, one like the similitude come with an army, and shall enter into of the sons of men touched my lips: then the fortress of the king of the north, and I opened my mouth, and spake, and said shall deal against them, and shall prevail : unto him that stood before me, O my 8 And shall also carry captives into lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned Egypt their gods, with their princes, and upon me, and I have retained no strength. with their precious vessels of silver and

*17 For how can the servant of this my of gold; and he shall continue more years lord talk with this my lord ? for as for me, li than the king of the north. straightway there remained no strength 9 So the king of the south shall come in me, neither is there breath left in me. | into his kingdom, and shall return into

18 Then there came again and touched his own land. me one like the appearance of a man, and 10 But his sons shall be stirred up, and he strengthened me,

shall assemble a multitude of great forces: 19 And said, O man greatly beloved, and one shall certainly come, and overfear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, flow, and pass through : then shall he reyea, be strong. And when he had spoken turn, and be stirred up, even to his forunto me, I was strengthened, and said, tress. Let my lord speak; for thou hast strength 11 And the king of the south shall be ened me.

moved with choler, and shall come forth 20 Then said he, Knowest thou where- and fight with him, even with the king fore I come unto thee? and now will I of the north : and he shall set forth a return to fight with the prince of Persia : great multitude ; but the multitude shall and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince be given into his hand. of Grecia shall come.

12 And when he hath taken away the 21 But I will shew thee that which is multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; noted in the scripture of truth: and there and be shall cast down many ten thouis none that holdeth with me in these sands : but he shall not be strengthened things, but Michael your prince.

by it. CHAP. XI.

13 For the king of the north shall re1 The overthrow of Persia by the king of turn, and shall set forth a multitude great

Grecia. 5 Kings of the north and souin. || er than the former, and shall certainly ALSO I in the first year of Darius the come after certain years with a great arH Mede, even I, stood to confirm and my and with much riches. to strengthen him.

14 And in those times there shall many 2 And now will I shew thee the truth. stand up against the king of the south": Behold, there shall stand up yet three also the robbers of thy people shall exalt kings in Persia ; and the fourth shall be themselves to establish the vision; but they far richer than they all: and by his | shall fall. strength through his riches he shall stir 15 So the king of the north shall come, up all against the realm of Grecia. and cast up a mount, and take the most

3 And a mighty king shall stand up, fenced cities : and the arms of the south that shall rule with great dominion, and shall not withstand, neither his chosen do according to his will.

people, neither shall there be any strength 4 And when he shall stand up, his king to withstand. dom shall be broken, and shall be divid- 16 But he that cometh against him shall ed toward the four winds of heaven; and do according to his own will, and none not to his posterity, nor according to his || shall stand before him: and he shall stand dominion which he ruled : for his king in the glorious land, which by his hand dom shall be plucked up, even for others shall be consumed. beside those.

17 He shall also set his face to enter 5 And the king of the south shall be with the strength of his whole kingdom, strong, and one of his princes; and he and upright ones with him ; thus shall he shall be strong above him, and have do | do: and he shall give him the daughter of minion ; his dominion shall be a great do women, corrupting her: but she shall not minion.

I stand on his side, neither be for him.

698 Leagues and conflicte beireen DANIEL the kings of the north and south.

18 After this shall he turn his face unto, sacrifice, and they shall place the abomin the isles, and shall take many : but a latici that maketh desolate prince for his own behait shall cause the S2 And such as do wickedly against the reproach ofiered by him to cease; with covenant shall be corrupt by flatterios: out his own reproach he shall cause it to but the people that do know their God turn upon him.

I shall be strong, and do exploite. 19 Then he shall turn his face toward 33 And they that understand among the fort of his own land: but he shall the people shall instruct many: yet they stumble and fall, and not be found

shall fail by the sword, and be fame 20 Then shall stand up in his estate a captivity, and by spoil, many days raiser of taxes in the glory of the king- 34 Now when they shall fall, they shall dom: but within few days he shall be de- be tolpen with a little help: but many stroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. shall cleave to them with flatteries

21 And in his estate shall stand up 1 35 And some of them of understandvile person, to whom they shall not give ing shall fall, to try them, and to purge, the honour of the kingdom : but he shall and to make them white, even to the time come in peaceably, and obtain the king- of the end; because it is yet for a time dom by flatteries.

appointed. 22 And with the arms of a flood shall 36 And the king shall do according to they be overflown from before him, and his will; and he shall exalt himself, and shall be broken ; yea, also the prince of magnify himself above every god, and the covenant.

shall speak marvellous things against the 23 And after the league made with him God of gods, and shall prosper till the he shall work deceitfully : for he shall || indignation be accomplished for that come up, and shall become strong with a that is determined shall be done. small people.

37 Neither shall be regard the God of 24 He shall enter peaceably even upon || his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor the fattest places of the province; and he || regard any god : for he shall magnify shall do that which his fathers have not || himself above all. done, nor his fathers fathers ; he shall | 38 But in his estate shall he honour the scatter among them the prey, and spoil, God of forces : and a god whom his and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his fathers knew not shall he honour with devices against the strong holds, even for gold, and silver, and with precious stones, a time.

and pleasant things. 25 And he shall stir up his power and 39 Thus shall he do in the most strong his courage against the king of the south || holds with a strange god, whom he shall with a great army ; and the king of the acknowledge and increase with glory : south shall be stirred up to battle with a || and he shall cause them to rule over very great and mighty army; but he shall || many, and shall divide the land for gain. not stand: for they shall forecast devices 1 40 And at the time of the end shall against him.

the king of the south push at him : and 26 Yea, they that feed of the portion of the king of the north shall come against his meat shall destroy him, and his army him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and shall overflow: and many shall fall down with horsemen, and with many ships ; slain.

and he shall enter into the countries, and 27 And both these kings hearts shall be shall overflow and pass over. to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at 41 He shall enter also into the glorious one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet land, and many countries shall be overthe end shall be at the time appointed. thrown: but these shall escape out of bis

28. Then shall he return into his land | hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the with great riches; and his heart shall be chiet of the children of Ammon. against the holy covenant ; and he shall 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also do exploits, and return to his own land. || upon the countries : and the land of E

29 At the time appointed he shall re gypt shall not escape. turn, and come toward the south ; but || 43 But he shallhave powerover the treasit shall not be as the former, or as the lures of gold and of silver, and over all the latter.

precious things of Egypt: and the Lyb30 | For the ships of Chittim shall come ians and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. against him: therefore he shall be grieved, !! 44 But tidings out of the east and out and return, and have indignation against of the north shall trouble him : therefore the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall he shall go forth with great fury to deeven return, and have intelligence with || stroy, and utterly to make away many. them that forsake the holy covenant.

45 And he shall plant the tabernacles 31 And arms shall stand on his part of his palace between the seas in the gloand they shall pollute the sanctuary of rious holy mountain : yet he shall come strength, and shall take away the daily l to his end, and none shall help him.

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