THE BOOK OF
Daniel 8 ©
The Lord shows unto Daniel in a vision the combat between the ram and the he goat, and that which would follow after that combat, v. 1, etc. The angel Gabriel comforts Daniel, and interprets unto him, by the command of Christ, that vision, 15. Daniel is exceedingly troubled here at, 27.
IN the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision 1appeared 2unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me 3at the first.
And I saw 4in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I 5was 6at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of 7Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of 8Ulai.
Then I lifted up 9mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood 10before the river 11a ram which had 12two horns: and 13the two horns were high; but 14one was higher than the other, and 15the higher came up last.
I saw 16the ram pushing 17westward, and northward, and southward; so that 18no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver 19out of his hand; but 20he did according to his will, and 21became great.
And as I was considering, behold, 22an he goat came 23from the west 24on the face of the whole earth, and 25touched not the ground: and the goat had 26a notable horn 27between his eyes.
And he came to the ram 28that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and 29ran unto him 30in the fury of his power.
And 31I saw him 32come close unto the ram, and 33he was moved with cholera against him, and 34smote the ram, and 35brake his two horns: and there was no power 36in the ram to stand before him, but 37he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his 38hand.
Therefore 39the he goat waxed very great: and 40when he was strong, the great horn 41was broken; and for it came up four notable ones 42toward the four winds of heaven.
And 43out of one of them came forth 44a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, 45toward the south, and toward the east, and toward 46the pleasant land.
And it waxed great, even 47to the host of heaven; and 48it cast down some of the host and 49of the stars to the ground, and 50stamped upon them.
Yea, 51he magnified himself even 52to 53the prince of the host, and 54by him 55the daily sacrifice was taken away, and 56the place of his sanctuary was cast down.
And 57an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and 58it cast down 59the truth to the ground; and 60it practised, and prospered.
¶Then I heard 61one saint speaking, and 62another saint said 63unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be 64the vision concerning 65the daily sacrifice, 66and the transgression of desolation, 67to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
And 68he said 69unto me, 70Unto two thousand and three hundred 71days; then shall the sanctuary be 72cleansed.
¶And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, 73had seen the vision, 74and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood 75before me 76as the appearance of a man.
And I heard 77a man’s voice 78between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, 79Gabriel,b make this man to understand the vision.
So 80he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and 81fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, 82O son of man: for at the time of the end shall 83be the vision.
Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: 84but he touched me, 85and set me upright.
And 86he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end 87of the indignation: for 88at the time appointed the end shall be.
The ram which thou sawest 89having two horns 90are the kings of Media and Persia.
And the 91rough goat 92is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is 93the first king.
Now that being 94broken, whereas 95four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up 96out of the nation, but 97not in his power.
And 98in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come 99to the full, a 100king of 101fierce countenance, and understanding 102dark sentences, shall 103stand up.
And 104his power shall be mighty, but 105not by his own power: and he shall destroy 106wonderfully, and 107shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy 108the mighty and 109the holy people.
And 110through his 111policy 112also he shall cause craft to 113prosper 114in his hand; and he shall 115magnify himself in his heart, and 116by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up 117against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken 118without hand.
And 119the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore 120shut thou up the vision; for 121it shall be for many days.122
And I Daniel 123fainted, and 124was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s 125business; and I was astonished 126at the vision, but 127none understood it.