8 In the third year 2 of King Belshazzar’s reign, a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the one that had appeared to me previously. 3 2 In this 4 vision I saw myself in Susa 5 the citadel, 6 which is located in the province of Elam. In the vision I saw myself at the Ulai Canal. 7 3 I looked up 8 and saw 9 a 10 ram with two horns standing at the canal. Its two horns were both long, 11 but one was longer than the other. The longer one was coming up after the shorter one. 4 I saw that the ram was butting westward, northward, and southward. No animal 12 was able to stand before it, and there was none who could deliver from its power. 13 It did as it pleased and acted arrogantly. 14
5 While I was contemplating all this, 15 a male goat 16 was coming from the west over the surface of all the land 17 without touching the ground. This goat had a conspicuous horn 18 between its eyes. 6 It came to the two-horned ram that I had seen standing beside the canal and rushed against it with raging strength. 19 7 I saw it approaching the ram. It went into a fit of rage against the ram 20 and struck it 21 and broke off its two horns. The ram had no ability to resist it. 22 The goat hurled the ram 23 to the ground and trampled it. No one could deliver the ram from its power. 24 8 The male goat acted even more arrogantly. But no sooner had the large horn become strong than it was broken, and there arose four conspicuous horns 25 in its place, 26 extending toward the four winds of the sky. 27
9 From one of them came a small horn. 28 But it grew to be very big, toward the south and the east and toward the beautiful land. 29 10 It grew so big it reached the army 30 of heaven, and it brought about the fall of some of the army and some of the stars 31 to the ground, where it trampled them. 11 It also acted arrogantly against the Prince of the army, 32 from whom 33 the daily sacrifice was removed and whose sanctuary 34 was thrown down. 12 The army was given over, 35 along with the daily sacrifice, in the course of his sinful rebellion. 36 It hurled 37 truth 38 to the ground and enjoyed success. 39
13 Then I heard a holy one 40 speaking. Another holy one said to the one who was speaking, “To what period of time does the vision pertain – this vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the destructive act of rebellion and the giving over of both the sanctuary and army to be trampled?” 14 He said to me, “To 2,300 evenings and mornings; 41 then the sanctuary will be put right again.” 42
15 While I, Daniel, was watching the vision, I sought to understand it. Now one who appeared to be a man was standing before me. 16 Then I heard a human voice coming from between the banks of the Ulai. It called out, “Gabriel, 43 enable this person to understand the vision.” 17 So he approached the place where I was standing. As he came, I felt terrified and fell flat on the ground. 44 Then he said to me, “Understand, son of man, 45 that the vision pertains to the time of the end.” 18 As he spoke with me, I fell into a trance with my face to the ground. But he touched me and stood me upright. 46
19 Then he said, “I am going to inform you about what will happen in the latter time of wrath, for the vision 47 pertains to the appointed time of the end. 20 The ram that you saw with the two horns stands for the kings of Media and Persia. 21 The male goat 48 is the king of Greece, 49 and the large horn between its eyes is the first king. 22 The horn that was broken 50 and in whose place there arose four others stands for four kingdoms that will arise from his nation, though they will not have his strength. 23 Toward the end of their rule, when rebellious acts 51 are complete, a rash 52 and deceitful 53 king will arise. 54 24 His power will be great, but it will not be by his strength alone. He will cause terrible destruction. 55 He will be successful in what he undertakes. 56 He will destroy powerful people and the people of the holy ones. 57 25 By his treachery 58 he will succeed through deceit. 59 He will have an arrogant attitude, 60 and he will destroy many who are unaware of his schemes. 61 He will rise up against the Prince of princes, yet he will be broken apart – but not by human agency. 62 26 The vision of the evenings and mornings that was told to you is correct. 63 But you should seal up the vision, for it refers to a time many days from now.”
27 I, Daniel, was exhausted 64 and sick for days. Then I got up and again carried out the king’s business. But I was astonished at the vision, and there was no one to explain it.
9 In the first year of Darius 1 son of Ahasuerus, 2 who was of Median descent and who had been 3 appointed king over the Babylonian 4 empire – 2 in the first year of his reign 5 I, Daniel, came to understand from the sacred books 6 that, according to the word of the LORD 7 disclosed to the prophet Jeremiah, the years for the fulfilling of the desolation of Jerusalem 8 were seventy in number. 3 So I turned my attention 9 to the Lord God 10 to implore him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 11 4 I prayed to the LORD my God, confessing in this way:
“O Lord, 12 great and awesome God who is faithful to his covenant 13 with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned! We have done what is wrong and wicked; we have rebelled by turning away from your commandments and standards. 6 We have not paid attention to your servants the prophets, who spoke by your authority 14 to our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors, 15 and to all the inhabitants 16 of the land as well.
7 “You are righteous, 17 O Lord, but we are humiliated this day 18 – the people 19 of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far away in all the countries in which you have scattered them, because they have behaved unfaithfully toward you. 8 O LORD, we have been humiliated 20 – our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors – because we have sinned against you. 9 Yet the Lord our God is compassionate and forgiving, 21 even though we have rebelled against him. 10 We have not obeyed 22 the LORD our God by living according to 23 his laws 24 that he set before us through his servants the prophets.
11 “All Israel has broken 25 your law and turned away by not obeying you. 26 Therefore you have poured out on us the judgment solemnly threatened 27 in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against you. 28 12 He has carried out his threats 29 against us and our rulers 30 who were over 31 us by bringing great calamity on us – what has happened to Jerusalem has never been equaled under all heaven! 13 Just as it is written in the law of Moses, so all this calamity has come on us. Still we have not tried to pacify 32 the LORD our God by turning back from our sin and by seeking wisdom 33 from your reliable moral standards. 34 14 The LORD was mindful of the calamity, and he brought it on us. For the LORD our God is just 35 in all he has done, 36 and we have not obeyed him. 37
15 “Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with great power 38 and made a name for yourself that is remembered to this day – we have sinned and behaved wickedly. 16 O Lord, according to all your justice, 39 please turn your raging anger 40 away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. For due to our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors, Jerusalem and your people are mocked by all our neighbors.
17 “So now, our God, accept 41 the prayer and requests of your servant, and show favor to 42 your devastated sanctuary for your own sake. 43 18 Listen attentively, 44 my God, and hear! Open your eyes and look on our desolated ruins 45 and the city called by your name. 46 For it is not because of our own righteous deeds that we are praying to you, 47 but because your compassion is abundant. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, pay attention, and act! Don’t delay, for your own sake, O my God! For your city and your people are called by your name.” 48
20 While I was still speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and presenting my request before the LORD my God concerning his holy mountain 49 – 21 yes, while I was still praying, 50 the man Gabriel, whom I had seen previously 51 in a vision, was approaching me in my state of extreme weariness, 52 around the time of the evening offering. 22 He spoke with me, instructing me as follows: 53 “Daniel, I have now come to impart understanding to you. 23 At the beginning of your requests a message went out, and I have come to convey it to you, for you are of great value in God’s sight. 54 Therefore consider the message and understand the vision: 55
24 “Seventy weeks 56 have been determined
concerning your people and your holy city
to put an end to 57 rebellion,
to bring sin 58 to completion, 59
to atone for iniquity,
to bring in perpetual 60 righteousness,
to seal up 61 the prophetic vision, 62
and to anoint a most holy place. 63
25 So know and understand:
From the issuing of the command 64 to restore and rebuild
Jerusalem 65 until an anointed one, a prince arrives, 66
there will be a period of seven weeks 67 and sixty-two weeks.
It will again be built, 68 with plaza and moat,
but in distressful times.
26 Now after the sixty-two weeks,
an anointed one will be cut off and have nothing. 69
As for the city and the sanctuary,
the people of the coming prince will destroy 70 them.
But his end will come speedily 71 like a flood. 72
Until the end of the war that has been decreed
there will be destruction.
27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. 73
But in the middle of that week
he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt.
On the wing 74 of abominations will come 75 one who destroys,
until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.”