1“As for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him.
2Now I will show you the truth. Behold, there will stand up three more kings in Persia, and the fourth will be far richer than they all; and when he has grown strong through his riches, he will stir up all against the realm of Greece.
3A mighty king will stand up who will rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
4When he stands up, his kingdom will be broken and will be divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom will be uprooted and given to others besides those.
5The king of the south will be strong, but one of his commanders will be stronger than him, and have dominion; his dominion will be a great dominion.
6After some years they will join themselves together; and the daughter of the king of the south will come to the king of the north to make an agreement, but she will not retain the strength of her arm; neither will he stand, nor his arm; but she will be given up, and those who brought her, and the one who was the father of her, and he who strengthened her in those times.
7But from a shoot from her roots one will arise in his place. He will come against the army and will enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and will take action against them and will prevail.
8Also their gods, along with their cast metal images and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold, he will carry captive into Egypt. Then, for some years he will refrain from attacking the king of the north.
9And he, the king of the north, will come into the realm of the king of the south, but he will return into his own land.
10But his sons will continue the war, and will assemble a multitude of great forces. And he will keep on coming, and overflow, and pass through; and he will again wage war as far as his very fortress.
11The king of the south will be moved with anger, and will come out and fight with him, even with the king of the north, who will set forth a great multitude, but the multitude will be given into his hand.
12When the multitude is taken away, then his heart will be lifted up with pride; and he will cast down tens of thousands, but he will not prevail.
13For the king of the north will return, and will raise a multitude greater than the first; and after some years he will come on with a great army and with many supplies.
14In those times many will stand up against the king of the south; also the violent ones among your people will lift themselves up in fulfillment of the vision, but they will fail.
15Then the king of the north will come and build up a siege mound, and take a well–fortified city; and the forces of the south will not stand, not even his choicest troops, for there will be no strength to take a stand.
16But he who comes against him will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to stand against him; and he will stand in the glorious land, and in his hand will be destruction.
17He will set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he will bring with him terms of an agreement and will perform them. And he will give him a daughter of women to destroy the kingdom, but she will not stand with him, nor be for him.
18Then he will turn his face to the coastal regions and will capture many of them. But a commander will put a stop to his insolence. Indeed, he will cause his insolence to turn back upon him.
19Then he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall, and will be found no more.
21In his place a despised person will arise, to whom they had not given the honor of the kingdom, but he will come in during a time of peace and will obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
22The overwhelming forces will be swept away before him and will be broken; yes, also the ruler of the covenant.
23After the treaty is made with him, he will work deceitfully; for he will come up, and will gain strength with a small force of people.
24In a time of tranquility he will even come into the fattest places of the province, and he will do what his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he will scatter among them plunder, and spoil, and goods, yes, he will devise his devices against the strongholds, but only for a time.
25He will stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south will war in battle with an exceeding great and mighty army, but he will not stand; for they will devise devices against him.
26Yes, they who eat his choice food will destroy him. And his army will be swept away and many will fall down slain.
27As for both these kings, their hearts will be Intent on evil, and they will speak lies to each other at one table, but they will not succeed; for the end is still to be at the time appointed.
28Then will he return into his land with great wealth, but his heart will be against the holy covenant; and he will do his pleasure, and return to his own land.
29At the time appointed he will return, and come into the south, but it will not be in the latter time as it was in the former.
30For ships of Kittim will come against him; therefore he will be grieved, and will return and have indignation against the holy covenant, and will do his pleasure; he will even return, and have regard to those who forsake the holy covenant.
31Forces will stand on his part, and they will profane the sanctuary, even the fortress, and will take away the regular burnt offering, and they will set up the abomination that makes desolate.
32Such as do wickedly against the covenant will he pervert by flatteries; but the people who know their God will be strong, and do exploits.
33Those who are wise among the people will instruct many; yet they will fall by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by spoil, many days.
34Now when they will fall, they will be helped with a little help; but many will join themselves to them with flatteries.
35Some of those who are wise will fall, to refine them, and to purify, and to make them white, even to the time of the end, because it is yet for the time appointed.
36The king will do according to his will, and he will exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and will speak marvelous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation be accomplished, for what is determined will be done.
37Neither will he regard the gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god, for he will magnify himself above all.
38But in his place will he honor the god of fortresses; a god whom his fathers didn’t know he will honor with gold and silver and with precious stones and pleasant things.
39He will deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god; to whomever acknowledges him he will give great honor, and he will cause them to rule over many, and will divide the land as a reward.
40At the time of the end the king of the south will contend with him; and the king of the north will come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots and with horsemen and with many ships, and he will enter into the countries, and will overflow and pass through.
41He will enter also into the glorious land, and many countries will be overthrown; but these will be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42He will stretch forth his hand also on the countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape.
43But he will have power over the treasures of gold and of silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians will be at his steps.
44But news out of the east and out of the north will trouble him; and he will go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction.
45He will plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he will come to his end, and none will help him.”