Daniel's Vision of the Ram and the Goat

Daniel 8

1 In 1 the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me - to me, Daniel - after the one that appeared to me a the first time. 2 I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that I was in b Shushan, 2 the 3 citadel, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. 3 Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was c higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could 4 withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, d but he did according to his will and became great.

5 And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable e horn between his eyes. 6 Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power. 7 And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage against him, 5 attacked the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand. 8 Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it f four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.

9 g And out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, h toward the east, and toward the i Glorious Land. 10 j And it grew up to k the host of heaven; and l it cast down some of the host and some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. 11 m He even exalted himself as high as n the Prince of the host; o and by him p the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of 6 His sanctuary was cast down. 12 Because of transgression, q an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifices; and he cast r truth down to the ground. He s did all this and prospered. 13 Then I heard t a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, "How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression 7 of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?" 14 And he said to me, "For two thousand three hundred 8 days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed."

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