- In 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.
- And I saw in the vision;
now it was so, that when I saw, I was in Shushan the palace, which is in the province of Elam;
and I saw in the vision, and I was by the river Ulai.
- Then 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.
- I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward;
and no beasts could stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand;
but he did according to his will, and magnified himself.
- And as I was considering, behold, a he-goat came from the west over the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
- And he came to the ram that had the two horns, which I saw standing before the river, and ran upon him in the fury of his power.
- And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with anger 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 trampled upon him;
and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
- And the he-goat magnified himself exceedingly: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken;
and instead of it there came up four notable [horns] toward the four winds of heaven.
- And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the glorious [land].
- And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven;
and some of the host and of the stars it cast down to the ground, and trampled upon them.
- Yea, it magnified itself, even to the prince of the host;
and it took away from him the continual [burnt-offering], and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
- And the host was given over [to it] together with the continual [burnt-offering] through transgression;
and it cast down truth to the ground, and it did [its pleasure] and prospered.
- Then I heard a holy one speaking;
and another holy one said unto that certain one who spake, How long shall be the vision [concerning] the continual [burnt-offering], and the transgression that maketh desolate, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
- And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred evenings [and] mornings;
then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
- And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, that I sought to understand it;
and, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
- And I heard a man’s voice between [the banks of] the Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
- So he came near where I stood;
and when he came, I was affrighted, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man;
for the vision belongeth to the time of the end.
- Now as he was speaking with me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face toward the ground;
but he touched me, and set me upright.
- And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation;
for it belongeth to the appointed time of the end.
- The ram which thou sawest, that had the two horns, they are the kings of Media and Persia.
- And the rough he-goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
- And as for that which was broken, in the place whereof four stood up, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not with his power.
- And 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.
- And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power;
and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and do [his pleasure];
and he shall destroy the mighty ones and the holy people.
- And through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand;
and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and in [their] security shall he destroy many: he shall also stand up against the prince of princes;
but he shall be broken without hand.
- And the vision of the evenings and mornings which hath been told is true: but shut thou up the vision;
for it belongeth to many days [to come].
- And I, Daniel, fainted, and was sick certain days;
then I rose up, and did the king’s business: and I wondered at the vision, but none understood it.