And now will I shewthee the truth. Behold, thereshallstand up yet threekings in Persia; and the fourthshall be far richerthanthey all: and by his strengththrough his riches he shallstir up all against the realm of Grecia.
And when he shallstand up, his kingdomshall be broken, and shall be dividedtoward the fourwinds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominionwhich he ruled: for his kingdomshall be plucked up, even for othersbesidethose.
And in the end of yearstheyshalljointhemselvestogether; for the king’sdaughter of the southshallcome to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neithershall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and theythatbrought her, and he thatbegat her, and he thatstrengthened her in thesetimes.
And the king of the southshall be movedwithcholer, and shallcomeforth and fightwith him, evenwith the king of the north: and he shall set forth a greatmultitude; but the multitudeshall be giveninto his hand.
So the king of the northshallcome, and cast up a mount, and take the mostfencedcities: and the arms of the southshall not withstand, neither his chosenpeople, neithershallthere be any strength to withstand.
He shallalso set his face to enterwith the strength of his wholekingdom, and uprightoneswith him; thusshall he do: and he shallgive him the daughter of women, corrupting her: but she shall not stand on his side, neither be for him.
Afterthisshall he turn his faceunto the isles, and shalltakemany: but a prince for his own behalfshallcause the reproachoffered by him to cease; without his own reproach he shallcause it to turnupon him.
He shallenterpeaceablyevenupon the fattestplaces of the province; and he shall do thatwhich his fathershave not done, nor his fathers’fathers; he shallscatteramongthem the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shallforecast his devicesagainst the strongholds, even for a time.
And he shallstir up his power and his courageagainst the king of the southwith a greatarmy; and the king of the southshall be stirred up to battlewith a verygreat and mightyarmy; but he shall not stand: for theyshallforecastdevicesagainst him.
For the ships of Chittimshallcomeagainst him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and haveindignationagainst the holycovenant: so shall he do; he shallevenreturn, and haveintelligencewiththemthatforsake the holycovenant.
And the kingshall do according to his will; and he shallexalthimself, and magnifyhimselfaboveevery god, and shallspeakmarvellousthingsagainst the God of gods, and shallprospertill the indignation be accomplished: for thatthat is determinedshall be done.
And at the time of the end shall the king of the southpush at him: and the king of the northshallcomeagainst him like a whirlwind, withchariots, and withhorsemen, and withmanyships; and he shallenterinto the countries, and shalloverflow and passover.