Daniel 11

Daniel 11

 
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1 I have been standing beside Michael* as his support and defense since the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede.)1

2 "Now then, I will reveal the truth to you. Three more Persian kings will reign, to be succeeded by a fourth, far richer than the others. Using his wealth for political advantage, he will stir up everyone to war against the kingdom of Greece.*2

3 "Then a mighty king will rise to power who will rule a vast kingdom and accomplish everything he sets out to do.

4 But at the height of his power, his kingdom will be broken apart and divided into four parts. It will not be ruled by the king's descendants, nor will the kingdom hold the authority it once had. For his empire will be uprooted and given to others.

5 "The king of the south will increase in power, but one of this king's own officials will become more powerful than he and will rule his kingdom with great strength.

6 "Some years later, an alliance will be formed between the king of the north and the king of the south. The daughter of the king of the south will be given in marriage to the king of the north to secure the alliance, but she will lose her influence over him, and so will her father. She will be given up along with her supporters.

7 But when one of her relatives* becomes king of the south, he will raise an army and enter the fortress of the king of the north and defeat him.3

8 When he returns again to Egypt, he will carry back their idols with him, along with priceless gold and silver dishes. For some years afterward he will leave the king of the north alone.

9 "Later the king of the north will invade the realm of the king of the south but will soon return to his own land.

10 However, the sons of the king of the north will assemble a mighty army that will advance like a flood and carry the battle as far as the enemy's fortress.

11 Then the king of the south, in great anger, will rally against the vast forces assembled by the king of the north and will defeat them.

12 After the enemy army is swept away, the king of the south will be filled with pride and will have many thousands of his enemies killed. But his success will be short lived.

13 "A few years later, the king of the north will return with a fully equipped army far greater than the one he lost.

14 At that time there will be a general uprising against the king of the south. Lawless ones among your own people will join them in order to fulfill the vision, but they will not succeed.

15 Then the king of the north will come and lay siege to a fortified city and capture it. The best troops of the south will not be able to stand in the face of the onslaught.

16 "The king of the north will march onward unopposed; none will be able to stop him. He will pause in the glorious land of Israel, intent on destroying it.

17 He will make plans to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will form an alliance with the king of the south. He will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom from within, but his plan will fail.

18 "After this, he will turn his attention to the coastal cities and conquer many. But a commander from another land will put an end to his insolence and will cause him to retreat in shame.

19 He will take refuge in his own fortresses but will stumble and fall, and he will be seen no more.

20 "His successor will be remembered as the king who sent a tax collector to maintain the royal splendor, but after a very brief reign, he will die, though neither in battle nor open conflict.

21 "The next to come to power will be a despicable man who is not directly in line for royal succession. But he will slip in when least expected and take over the kingdom by flattery and intrigue.

22 Before him great armies will be swept away, including a covenant prince.

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Notes:

1: Hebrew him.

2: Hebrew of Javan.

3: Hebrew a branch from her roots.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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