A Survey of the Kings of the North and South
1“And I, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood#Literally “my standing” as a support and as a protection for him.
2And now I will reveal the truth to you. Look! Still three kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth will get abundance and great wealth, even more than all of them, and when he becomes strong#Literally “at his strength” through his wealth, then he will stir up everyone#Literally “the all” against the kingdom of Javan.#That is, Greece 3And a mighty king will arise, and he will rule with great dominion, and he will do as he pleases.#Literally “as his pleasure” 4But as he rises in power,#Literally “as his rising/to rise” his kingdom will be divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, and not according to his dominion by which he ruled, for his kingdom will be uprooted and be given to others besides them.#Literally “to others from to alone these”
5“Then the king of the south will grow strong and also one of his officials,#Literally “from among his officials” and he will grow stronger than him#Literally “over him” and he will rule a dominion greater than his dominion.#Literally “a dominion great dominion his” 6And at the end of some years they will make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south will come to the king of the north to make a peace treaty, but she will not retain her position of power,#Literally “she will not retain the power of her arm” and his offspring#Or “power” will not endure, and she will be given up, she and her attendants and her child supporting her, in those times.#Hebrew “in the times” 7And a branch from her roots#That is, a member of her family will rise up in his place, and he will come against the army and he will enter the stronghold of the king of the north and he will take action against them and he will prevail. 8And also their gods with their idols and with the precious vessels,#Literally “vessels of their desire” silver and gold he will take to Egypt into captivity, and for years he will leave the king of the north alone.#Literally “he will stand back from the king of the north” 9And then he#That is, the king of the north will come into the kingdom of the king of the south, but he will return to his land.
10“But his sons will wage war and they will gather a multitude of great forces and he will advance with great force,#Literally “he will come, to come” and he will overflow like a flood and he will pass through and he will return, and they will wage war up to his fortress. 11And the king of the south will become furious, and he will go and he will battle against him, against the king of the north; and he will muster a great multitude, and the multitude will be given into his hand. 12When the multitude is carried off, his heart will be exalted and he will overthrow tens of thousands,#Literally “myriads” but he will not prevail. 13And the king of the north will again raise a multitude, greater than the former, and at the end of some years#Literally “to the end of the times years” he will surely come with a great army and with great supplies.#Or “resources”
14“And in these times many will rise up against the king of the south, and the violent ones of your people#Literally “the sons of the lawless ones of your people” will lift themselves to fulfill#Literally “to cause to stand” the vision, but they will fall. 15And the king of the north will come, and he will throw up siege ramps#Hebrew “ramp” and capture a city of fortifications and the military forces of the south and his choice troops#Literally “the army of his chosen troops” will not stand, for#Hebrew “and” there is no strength left to resist. 16And the one coming to him will act according to#Literally “as” his pleasure, and there is no one who will stand#Literally “standing” before him,#Literally “to the face of him” and he will stand in the beautiful land#Literally “in the land of the beauty” and complete destruction will be in his power. 17And he will set his face to come with the authority of his whole kingdom and will form an agreement;#Or “treaty,” or “peace proposal”; the Hebrew is difficult and he will act,#Literally “do, perform” and the daughter of women he will give to him to destroy it,#Or “her” but the ploy will not succeed and she will not support him.#Literally “and not for him will she be” 18And he will turn his face to the coastlands, and he will capture many, but#Hebrew “and” a commander will end his insults to him so that instead his insults will turn back upon him.#Literally “so that not his insults he will return against him” 19And he will turn back his face toward#Hebrew “to” the strongholds of his land, but he will stumble and he will fall and will not be found.
20“Then in his place will arise one sending an official throughout the glory#Or “splendor” of his kingdom, and in a few days#Literally “in some days” he will be broken, but not in anger and not in battle. 21And in his place a despicable person will arise on whom#Hebrew “him” they have not conferred the majesty of the kingdom, and he will come in without warning#Literally “in ease” and he will seize the kingdom by deceit. 22And before him#Literally “to the face of him” mighty military forces#Literally “military forces of the flood” will be utterly swept away, and they will be broken, and also the leader of the covenant. 23And after an alliance is made with him, he will act deceitfully, and he will rise and he will become powerful with few people backing him. 24In a time of ease and in the rich parts of the province, he will come and he will do what his predecessors#Literally “his fathers and the father of his fathers” did not do; he will distribute plunder and spoil and possessions to them, and he will devise his plans against fortifications, but only for a time.#Literally “until time” 25And he will stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south and with a much greater and stronger army;#Literally “with an army great and numerous exceedingly” but he will not succeed, for they will devise plans against him. 26And those who eat of his royal rations will break him and his army will be overwhelmed, and many will fall, slain. 27And two of the kings#Literally “And two of them, the kings” will bend their hearts#Literally “their heart” to evil. And at the same table#Literally “one table” they will speak lies, but what is discussed will not succeed, for still an end is coming at the appointed time. 28Then he will return to his land with many possessions, but his heart will be set against the holy covenant,#Literally “covenant of holiness” and he will take action and he will return to his land.
29“At the appointed time he will return and he will come into the south, but it will not be as it was before.#Literally “as the former and as the last” 30And the ships of Kittim will come against him, and he will lose heart, and he will turn back, and he will be enraged against the holy covenant,#Literally “against the covenant of holiness” and he will take action, and he will turn back, and he will pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant.#Literally “the covenant of holiness” 31And military forces from him will occupy#Literally “will stand forth” and will profane#Or “desecrate” the sanctuary stronghold,#Literally “the sanctuary, the stronghold” and they will abolish the regular burnt offering, and they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.
32“And those who violate the covenant he will seduce with flattery, but the persons who know their God#Hebrew “the ones who know his God” will stand firm and will take action. 33And those who have insight will instruct#Literally “make understand” the many, but they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for some time.#Literally “during days” 34And when they fall#Literally “in/at their falling” they will receive little help, and many will join with them in hypocrisy. 35And even some of those who have insight#Literally “the ones who produce insight” will fall#Or “stumble” in order for them to be refined by it, and to be purified and cleansed until the time of the end, for the appointed time is still to come.
36“Then the king will do as he pleases,#Literally “as his pleasure” and he will exalt himself and will consider himself above any god, and he will speak horrendous things against#Literally “over” the God of gods, yet he will succeed until the period of anger is finished, for what is determined will be done. 37He will not pay respect to the gods of his ancestors,#Or “fathers” or to the darling of women, and not to any god will he pay respect, for he will consider himself great over all gods. 38But instead#Literally “in his place” he will honor the god of fortresses, a god whom his ancestors#Or “fathers” did not know. He will honor him with gold, and with silver, and with precious stones#Hebrew “precious stone” and with costly gifts. 39And he will deal with the fortified strongholds#Literally “the fortifications of strongholds” with the help of a foreign god;#Literally “the god of a foreign land” and he will increase wealth for whoever will acknowledge him, and he will cause them to rule#Or “appoint” over the many, and he will distribute land for a price.
40“And at the time of the end the king of the south will attack him, and the king of the north will storm against him with chariots#Hebrew “chariot” and with horsemen and with many ships, and he will advance against the countries and he will sweep through like a flood.#Literally “and he will overflow them and he will pass through” 41And he will come into the beautiful land#Literally “into the land of the beauty” and many will fall victim, but these will escape from his power: Edom and Moab and the best part#A difficult word to translate in this context: possibly it means “the foremost” (NASB), or it may mean “the remnant” (NEB) of the Ammonites.#Literally “sons/children of Ammon” 42And he will stretch out his hand against countries and the land of Egypt will not escape.#Literally “not it will be to escape” 43And he will rule over the treasures of gold and the silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Cushites will follow in his footsteps. 44But reports will terrify him from the east and from the north, and he will go out with great fury to destroy and to exterminate many. 45And then he will pitch the tents of his palace between the sea and the beautiful holy mountain,#Literally “the mountain of the beauty holiness” and he will come to his end, and there is no one#Or “not one” helping him.”