19 He said, “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
The Ram’s Identity
20 The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.
21 The shaggy [a]goat represents the [b]kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king.22 The broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power.
23 “In the latter period of their [c]rule, When the transgressors have [d]run their course, A king will arise, [e]Insolent and skilled in [f]intrigue. 24 “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will [g]destroy to an extraordinary degree And prosper and perform his will; He will [h]destroy mighty men and [i]the holy people. 25 “And through his shrewdness He will cause deceit to succeed by his [j]influence; And he will magnify himself in his heart, And he will [k]destroy many while they are[l]at ease. He will even [m]oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken without [n]human agency.
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