In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar the king a vision appeared to me, Daniel, subsequent to the one which appeared to me previously.
I alooked in the vision, and while I was looking I was in the citadel of bSusa, which is in the province of cElam; and I looked in the vision and I myself was beside the Ulai Canal.
Then I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a aram which had two horns was standing in front of the canal. Now the two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, with the longer one coming up last.
I saw the ram abutting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but bhe did as he pleased and magnified himself.
While I was observing, behold, a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground; and the goat had a aconspicuous horn between his eyes.
He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the canal, and rushed at him in his mighty wrath.
I saw him come beside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his two horns, and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was none to rescue the ram from his power.
Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. But as soon as ahe was mighty, the blarge horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the cfour winds of heaven.
Out of one of them came forth a rather asmall horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the bBeautiful Land.
It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the astars to fall to the earth, and it btrampled them down.
It even amagnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host; and it removed the bregular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down.
And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will afling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper.
Then I heard a aholy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, "bHow long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, while the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host to be ctrampled?"
He said to me, "For a2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be properly restored."
When aI, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a bman.
And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, "aGabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision."
So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and afell on my face; but he said to me, "Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the btime of the end."
Now while he was talking with me, I asank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he btouched me and made me stand upright.
He said, "Behold, I am going to alet you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
"The aram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.
"The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
"The abroken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power.
"In the latter period of their rule,