Conflicts to Come
1 “In the (A)first year of Darius the Mede, (a)I arose to be (b)an encouragement and a protection for him. 2 And now I will tell you the (B)truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise (c)in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, (d)he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of (e)(C)Greece. 3 And a (D)mighty king will arise, and he will rule with great authority and (E)do as he pleases. 4 But as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom will be broken up and parceled out (F)toward the (G)four (f)points of the compass, though not to his own descendants, nor according to his authority which he wielded, for his sovereignty will be (H)uprooted and given to others besides (g)them.
5 “Then the (I)king of the South will grow strong, (h)along with one of his princes (i)who will gain ascendancy over him and obtain dominion; his domain will be a great dominion indeed. 6 After some years they will form an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the South will come to the (J)king of the North to carry out (j)a peaceful arrangement. But she will not retain her (k)position of power, nor will he remain with his (l)power, but she will be given up, along with those who brought her in and the one who sired her as well as he who supported her in those times. 7 But one of the (m)descendants of her line will arise in his place, and he will come against their army and enter the (K)fortress of the king of the North, and he will deal with them and display great strength. 8 Also their (L)gods with their (n)metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold he will take into captivity to Egypt, and he on his part will (o)refrain from attacking the king of the North for some years. 9 Then (p)the latter will enter the realm of the king of the South, but will return to his own land.
10 “His sons will (q)mobilize and assemble a multitude of great forces; and one of them will keep on coming and (M)overflow and pass through, that he may (r)again wage war up to his very fortress. 11 The (N)king of the South will be enraged and go forth and fight (s)with the king of the North. Then the latter will raise a great multitude, but that multitude will be given into (t)the hand of the former. 12 When the multitude is carried away, his heart will be lifted up, and he will cause tens of thousands to fall; yet he will not prevail. 13 For the king of the North will again raise a greater multitude than the former, and (u)after an (O)interval of some years he will (v)press on with a great army and much equipment.
14 “Now in those times many will rise up against the king of the South; the violent ones among your people will also lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they will (w)fall down. 15 Then the king of the North will come, cast up a (P)siege ramp and capture a well-fortified city; and the forces of the South will not stand their ground, not even (x)their choicest troops, for there will be no strength to make a stand. 16 But he who comes against him will (Q)do as he pleases, and (R)no one will be able to withstand him; he will also stay for a time in the (y)(S)Beautiful Land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He will (T)set his face to come with the power of his whole kingdom, (z)bringing with him (aa)a proposal of peace which he will put into effect; he will also give him the daughter of women to ruin it. But she will not take a stand for him or be (ab)on his side. 18 Then he will turn his face to the (U)coastlands and capture many. But a commander will put a stop to his scorn against him; moreover, he will (V)repay him for his scorn. 19 So he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will (W)stumble and fall and be (X)found no more.
20 “Then in his place one will arise who will (Y)send an (ac)oppressor through the (ad)Jewel of his kingdom; yet within a few days he will be shattered, though not in anger nor in battle. 21 In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and (Z)seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22 The overflowing (AA)forces will be flooded away before him and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant. 23 After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people. 24 (ae)In a time of tranquility he will enter the (AB)richest parts of the (af)realm, and he will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his (ag)ancestors; he will distribute plunder, booty and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 He will stir up his strength and (ah)courage against the (AC)king of the South with a large army; so the king of the South will mobilize an extremely large and mighty army for war; but he will not stand, for schemes will be devised against him. 26 Those who eat his choice food will (ai)destroy him, and his army will (aj)(AD)overflow, but many will fall down slain. 27 As for both kings, their hearts will be intent on (AE)evil, and they will (AF)speak lies to each other at the same table; but it will not succeed, for the (AG)end is still to come at the appointed time. 28 Then he will return to his land with much (ak)plunder; but his heart will be set against the holy covenant, and he will take action and then return to his own land.
29 “At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, but (al)this last time it will not turn out the way it did before. 30 For ships of (am)(AH)Kittim will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened and will return and become enraged at the holy covenant and take action; so he will come back and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 Forces from him will arise, (AI)desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the (AJ)abomination (an)of desolation. 32 By (AK)smooth words he will (ao)turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display (AL)strength and take action. 33 (ap)(AM)Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many; yet they will (AN)fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days. 34 Now when they fall they will be granted a little help, and many will (AO)join with them in (AP)hypocrisy. 35 Some of (aq)those who have insight will fall, in order to (AQ)refine, (AR)purge and make them (ar)(AS)pure until the (AT)end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.
36 “Then the king will (AU)do as he pleases, and he will exalt and (AV)magnify himself above every god and will (AW)speak (as)monstrous things against the (AX)God of gods; and he will prosper until the (AY)indignation is finished, for that which is (AZ)decreed will be done. 37 He will show no regard for the (at)gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. 38 But (au)instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures. 39 He will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to (av)those who acknowledge him and will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel out land for a price.
40 “At the (BA)end time the (BB)king of the South will collide with him, and the (BC)king of the North will (BD)storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, (BE)overflow them and pass through. 41 He will also enter the (aw)(BF)Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, (BG)Moab and the foremost of the sons of (BH)Ammon. 42 Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. 43 But he will (ax)gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and (BI)Libyans and (BJ)Ethiopians will follow at his (ay)heels. 44 But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and (az)annihilate many. 45 He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful (BK)Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.
a. Daniel 11:1: ['Lit ', my standing up, ' was']
b. Daniel 11:1: ['Lit ', for a strengthener]
c. Daniel 11:2: ['Lit ', for]
d. Daniel 11:2: ['Or they ', all will stir up the realm of Greece]
e. Daniel 11:2: ['Heb ', Javan]
f. Daniel 11:4: ['Lit ', winds of the heaven]
g. Daniel 11:4: ['I.e. his descendants']
h. Daniel 11:5: ['Lit ', and]
i. Daniel 11:5: ['Lit ', and he]
j. Daniel 11:6: ['Or ', an equitable agreement]
k. Daniel 11:6: ['Lit ', strength of arm]
l. Daniel 11:6: ['Lit ', arm]
m. Daniel 11:7: ['Lit ', branch of her roots]
n. Daniel 11:8: ['Lit ', cast images]
o. Daniel 11:8: ['Or ', stand against the king]
p. Daniel 11:9: ['Lit ', he will, ', and so throughout the ch']
q. Daniel 11:10: ['Or ', wage war]
r. Daniel 11:10: ['Or ', return and wage]
s. Daniel 11:11: ['Lit ', with him, with]
t. Daniel 11:11: ['Lit ', his hand]
u. Daniel 11:13: ['Lit ', at the end of the times, years]
v. Daniel 11:13: ['Or ', keep on coming]
w. Daniel 11:14: ['Lit ', stumble, ', and so throughout the ch']
x. Daniel 11:15: ['Lit ', the people of its choice ones]
y. Daniel 11:16: ['I.e. Palestine']
z. Daniel 11:17: ['Lit ', and]
aa. Daniel 11:17: ['Lit ', equitable things]
ab. Daniel 11:17: ['Lit ', for him, '; i.e. for her father']
ac. Daniel 11:20: ['Or ', exactor, ' of tribute']
ad. Daniel 11:20: ['Lit ', adornment, '; i.e. probably Jerusalem and its temple']
ae. Daniel 11:24: ['Lit ', Into tranquility and the richest...he will enter]
af. Daniel 11:24: ['Or ', province]
ag. Daniel 11:24: ['Lit ', fathers’ fathers]
ah. Daniel 11:25: ['Lit ', heart]
ai. Daniel 11:26: ['Lit ', break]
aj. Daniel 11:26: ['Or ', be swept away, and many]
ak. Daniel 11:28: ['Lit ', possessions]
al. Daniel 11:29: ['Lit ', it will not happen as the first and as the last]
am. Daniel 11:30: ['I.e. Cyprus']
an. Daniel 11:31: ['Lit ', that makes desolate, '; or ', that causes horror]
ao. Daniel 11:32: ['Or ', pollute those]
ap. Daniel 11:33: ['Or ', Instructors of, ' the ', people]
aq. Daniel 11:35: ['Or ', the instructors]
ar. Daniel 11:35: ['Lit ', white]
as. Daniel 11:36: ['Lit ', extraordinary]
at. Daniel 11:37: ['Or ', God]
au. Daniel 11:38: ['Lit ', in his place]
av. Daniel 11:39: ['Lit ', the one who acknowledges]
aw. Daniel 11:41: ['I.e. Palestine']
ax. Daniel 11:43: ['Or ', rule over]
ay. Daniel 11:43: ['Lit ', footsteps]
az. Daniel 11:44: ['Lit ', devote to destruction]
M. Daniel 11:10: Isaiah 8:8; Jeremiah 46:7; Jeremiah 46:8; Jeremiah 51:42; Daniel 11:26; Daniel 11:40
AQ. Daniel 11:35: Deuteronomy 8:16; Proverbs 17:3; Daniel 12:10; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:2; Malachi 3:3