1In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.2And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.3Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.4I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.5And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.6And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.7And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.8Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.9And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land .10And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.11Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.12And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.13Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice , and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?14And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.15And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.16And I heard a man' voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.17So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.18Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.19And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be .20The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.21And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.22Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.23And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.24And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.25And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.26And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.27And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king' business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it .
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Daniel’s Vision of the Ram and the Goat
1In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. (Da 5:1; Da 7:1)2And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the citadel, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulai canal. (Ne 1:1; Isa 11:11; Eze 1:1; Da 8:16)3I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a ram standing on the bank of the canal. It had two horns, and both horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. (Da 8:20)4I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward. No beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great. (De 33:17; Eze 34:21; Da 3:15; Da 7:17; Da 8:7; Da 8:8; Da 11:3; Da 11:16; Da 11:36)5As I was considering, behold, a male goat came from the west across the face of the whole earth, without touching the ground. And the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. (Da 8:21)6He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen standing on the bank of the canal, and he ran at him in his powerful wrath. (Job 15:26; Da 8:20)7I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns. And the ram had no power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled on him. And there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power. (Ps 7:5; Da 8:4; Da 11:11)8Then the goat became exceedingly great, but when he was strong, the great horn was broken, and instead of it there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven. (Da 7:2; Da 8:4; Da 8:5)9Out of one of them came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the glorious land. (Ps 48:2; Eze 20:6; Eze 20:15; Da 7:8; Da 11:16; Da 11:25; Da 11:41)10It grew great, even to the host of heaven. And some of the host and some of the stars it threw down to the ground and trampled on them. (Isa 14:13; Da 8:7; Da 11:28; Re 12:4)11It became great, even as great as the Prince of the host. And the regular burnt offering was taken away from him, and the place of his sanctuary was overthrown. (Jos 5:14; Da 8:25; Da 11:31; Da 11:36; Da 12:11)12And a host will be given over to it together with the regular burnt offering because of transgression, and it will throw truth to the ground, and it will act and prosper. (Da 8:24; Da 11:28; Da 11:30)13Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to the one who spoke, “For how long is the vision concerning the regular burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled underfoot?” (Da 4:13; Da 9:21; Da 11:31; Da 12:6; Re 6:10)14And he said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.” (Da 8:26)
The Interpretation of the Vision
15When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it. And behold, there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. (Eze 1:26; Da 7:13; Da 10:16; Da 10:18; 1Pe 1:10; Re 1:13)16And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” (Da 8:2; Da 9:21; Da 12:5; Lu 1:19; Lu 1:26)17So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.” (Eze 1:28; Eze 2:1; Da 8:19; Da 11:27; Da 11:35; Da 11:40; Da 12:4; Da 12:9; Lu 1:12)18And when he had spoken to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground. But he touched me and made me stand up. (Da 9:21; Da 10:9; Da 10:10; Da 10:18; Lu 9:32)19He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end. (Ps 102:13; Da 8:17; Da 11:36)20As for the ram that you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia. (Da 6:8; Da 8:3)21And the goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king. (Da 8:5; Da 10:20; Da 11:3)22As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power. (Da 8:8; Da 8:24)23And at the latter end of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their limit, a king of bold face, one who understands riddles, shall arise.24His power shall be great—but not by his own power; and he shall cause fearful destruction and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty men and the people who are the saints. (Da 7:21; Da 8:12; Da 11:28; Da 11:30; Re 17:17)25By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall become great. Without warning he shall destroy many. And he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes, and he shall be broken—but by no human hand. (Da 2:34; Da 8:11; Da 11:21; Da 11:23; Da 11:24)26The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true, but seal up the vision, for it refers to many days from now.” (Da 8:14; Da 10:1; Da 10:14; Da 12:4; Da 12:9)27And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king’s business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it. (Da 7:28; Da 8:16)