1And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.)
The Kings of the South and the North
2“Now then, I tell you the truth: Three more kings will arise in Persia, and then a fourth, who will be far richer than all the others. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece. 3Then a mighty king will arise, who will rule with great power and do as he pleases. 4After he has arisen, his empire will be broken up and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven. It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others.
5“The king of the South will become strong, but one of his commanders will become even stronger than he and will rule his own kingdom with great power. 6After some years, they will become allies. The daughter of the king of the South will go to the king of the North to make an alliance, but she will not retain her power, and he and his power11:6 Or offspring will not last. In those days she will be betrayed, together with her royal escort and her father11:6 Or child (see Vulgate and Syriac) and the one who supported her.
7“One from her family line will arise to take her place. He will attack the forces of the king of the North and enter his fortress; he will fight against them and be victorious. 8He will also seize their gods, their metal images and their valuable articles of silver and gold and carry them off to Egypt. For some years he will leave the king of the North alone. 9Then the king of the North will invade the realm of the king of the South but will retreat to his own country. 10His sons will prepare for war and assemble a great army, which will sweep on like an irresistible flood and carry the battle as far as his fortress.
11“Then the king of the South will march out in a rage and fight against the king of the North, who will raise a large army, but it will be defeated. 12When the army is carried off, the king of the South will be filled with pride and will slaughter many thousands, yet he will not remain triumphant. 13For the king of the North will muster another army, larger than the first; and after several years, he will advance with a huge army fully equipped.
14“In those times many will rise against the king of the South. Those who are violent among your own people will rebel in fulfillment of the vision, but without success. 15Then the king of the North will come and build up siege ramps and will capture a fortified city. The forces of the South will be powerless to resist; even their best troops will not have the strength to stand. 16The invader will do as he pleases; no one will be able to stand against him. He will establish himself in the Beautiful Land and will have the power to destroy it. 17He will determine to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will make an alliance with the king of the South. And he will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom, but his plans11:17 Or but she will not succeed or help him. 18Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands and will take many of them, but a commander will put an end to his insolence and will turn his insolence back on him. 19After this, he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own country but will stumble and fall, to be seen no more.
20“His successor will send out a tax collector to maintain the royal splendor. In a few years, however, he will be destroyed, yet not in anger or in battle.
21“He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue. 22Then an overwhelming army will be swept away before him; both it and a prince of the covenant will be destroyed. 23After coming to an agreement with him, he will act deceitfully, and with only a few people he will rise to power. 24When the richest provinces feel secure, he will invade them and will achieve what neither his fathers nor his forefathers did. He will distribute plunder, loot and wealth among his followers. He will plot the overthrow of fortresses—but only for a time.
25“With a large army he will stir up his strength and courage against the king of the South. The king of the South will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to stand because of the plots devised against him. 26Those who eat from the king’s provisions will try to destroy him; his army will be swept away, and many will fall in battle. 27The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will sit at the same table and lie to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time. 28The king of the North will return to his own country with great wealth, but his heart will be set against the holy covenant. He will take action against it and then return to his own country.
29“At the appointed time he will invade the South again, but this time the outcome will be different from what it was before. 30Ships of the western coastlands will oppose him, and he will lose heart. Then he will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant. He will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant.
31“His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. 32With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.
33“Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. 34When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. 35Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.
The King Who Exalts Himself
36“The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place. 37He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. 38Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and will greatly honor those who acknowledge him. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.11:39 Or land for a reward
40“At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Cushites11:43 That is, people from the upper Nile region in submission. 44But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at11:45 Or the sea and the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.
111:1 Dan 5:31Nami katika mwaka wa kwanza wa utawala wa Dario Mmedi, nilisimama kumsaidia na kumlinda.)
Wafalme Wa Kusini Na Wa Kaskazini
211:2 Dan 10:20-21“Sasa basi, ninakuambia kweli: Wafalme watatu zaidi watatokea Uajemi, kisha atatokea mfalme wa nne, ambaye atakuwa tajiri sana kuliko wengine wote. Wakati atakapokuwa amekwisha kujipatia nguvu kwa utajiri wake, atamchochea kila mmoja dhidi ya ufalme wa Uyunani. 311:3 Dan 8:4, 21Ndipo mfalme mwenye nguvu atatokea, ambaye atatawala kwa nguvu nyingi na kufanya anavyopenda. 411:4 Dan 7:2; 8:22; Yer 42:10Baada ya kujitokeza, milki yake itavunjwa na kugawanyika katika pande nne za mbinguni. Hautakwenda kwa wazao wake, wala hautakuwa na nguvu alizotumia, kwa sababu milki yake itangʼolewa na kupewa wengine.
5“Mfalme wa Kusini atakuwa na nguvu, lakini mmoja wa majemadari wake atakuwa na nguvu zaidi kuliko mfalme, naye atatawala ufalme wake mwenyewe kwa nguvu nyingi. 6Baada ya miaka kadha, wataungana. Binti wa mfalme wa Kusini ataolewa kwa mfalme wa Kaskazini ili kuimarisha mapatano, lakini huyo binti nguvu zake hazitadumu; hata mfalme hatadumu wala nguvu zake. Katika siku hizo atafukuzwa, pamoja na hao wasindikizaji wake wa kifalme, watoto wake, na yeyote aliyemuunga mkono.
7“Mmoja kutoka jamaa ya huyo binti atainuka na kuchukua nafasi yake. Atashambulia majeshi ya mfalme wa Kaskazini na kuingia katika ngome yake; atapigana dhidi yao naye atashinda. 811:8 Isa 37:19; 46:1-2; Yer 43:12Tena ataitwaa miungu yao, vinyago vyao vya chuma, na vitu vyao vya thamani vya fedha na dhahabu, na kuvichukua hadi Misri. Kwa miaka kadha atamwacha mfalme wa Kaskazini bila kumsumbua. 9Kisha mfalme wa Kaskazini atashambulia nchi ya mfalme wa Kusini, lakini atarudi nyuma hadi kwenye nchi yake. 1011:10 Isa 8:8; Yer 46:8; Dan 9:26Wana wa mfalme wa Kaskazini watajiandaa kwa vita na kukusanya jeshi kubwa, ambalo litafagia nchi kama mafuriko yasiyozuilika na kuendelea na vita hadi kwenye ngome ya mfalme wa Kusini.
1111:11 Dan 8:7-8“Kisha mfalme wa Kusini atatoka kwa ghadhabu na kupigana dhidi ya mfalme wa Kaskazini, ambaye ataunda jeshi kubwa, lakini litashindwa. 12Wakati jeshi litakapokuwa limechukuliwa, mfalme wa Kusini atajawa na kiburi na atachinja maelfu mengi, hata hivyo hatabaki na ushindi. 13Kwa maana mfalme wa Kaskazini atakusanya jeshi jingine kubwa kuliko lile la kwanza; na baada ya miaka kadha, atasonga mbele na jeshi kubwa mno lililoandaliwa vizuri.
14“Katika nyakati hizo wengi watainuka dhidi ya mfalme wa Kusini. Watu wenye ghasia miongoni mwa watu wako mwenyewe wataasi ili kutimiza maono, lakini bila mafanikio. 1511:15 Eze 4:2; Za 33:16Ndipo mfalme wa Kaskazini atakuja na kuuzunguka mji kwa majeshi, na kuuteka mji wa ngome. Majeshi ya Kusini yatakosa nguvu za kuyazuia; naam, hata vikosi vyao vya askari vilivyo bora zaidi, havitakuwa na nguvu ya kuwakabili. 1611:16 Dan 8:4-7, 9; Yos 1:5Huyo mvamia nchi atafanya apendavyo; hakuna yeyote atakayeweza kumpinga. Atajiimarisha katika Nchi ya Kupendeza, na atakuwa na uwezo wa kuiangamiza. 1711:17 Za 20:4; 2Nya 20:3Ataamua kuja na nguvu za ufalme wake wote na kufanya mapatano ya amani na mfalme wa Kusini. Naye atamtoa binti yake aolewe naye ili kuuangusha ufalme, lakini mipango yake haitafanikiwa wala kumsaidia. 1811:18 Isa 66:19; Yer 25:22; Hos 12:14Ndipo atabadili nia yake kupigana na nchi za pwani na ataziteka nyingi, lakini jemadari mmoja atakomesha ufidhuli wake na kurudisha ufidhuli wake juu yake. 1911:19 Za 27:2; 46:2; 37:36; Eze 26:21Baada ya hili atazigeukia ngome za nchi yake mwenyewe, lakini atajikwaa na kuanguka, wala hataonekana tena.
2011:20 Isa 60:17“Atakayetawala baada yake atamtuma mtoza ushuru ili kudumisha fahari ya kifalme. Hata hivyo, baada ya miaka michache ataangamizwa, lakini si katika hasira wala katika vita.
2111:21 Dan 4:17; 8:25; 2Sam 15:6“Atakayetawala baada yake atakuwa mtu wa kudharauliwa ambaye hajapewa heshima ya kifalme. Atauvamia ufalme wakati watu wake wanapojiona wako salama, naye atautwaa kwa hila. 2211:22 Dan 8:10-11; Isa 28:15Ndipo jeshi kubwa litafagiliwa mbele yake; jeshi pamoja na mkuu mmoja wa agano wataangamizwa. 2311:23 Dan 8:25Baada ya kufanya mapatano naye, atatenda kwa udanganyifu, na akitumia watu wachache tu ataingia madarakani. 2411:24 Neh 9:25Wakati majimbo yaliyo tajiri sana yanajiona salama, atayavamia, naye atafanikisha kile ambacho baba zake wala babu zake hawakuweza. Atagawa nyara, mateka na utajiri miongoni mwa wafuasi wake. Atafanya hila ya kupindua miji yenye maboma, lakini kwa muda mfupi tu.
25“Pamoja na jeshi kubwa atachochea nguvu zake na ushujaa wake dhidi ya mfalme wa Kusini. Mfalme wa Kusini atafanya vita na jeshi lenye nguvu sana, lakini hataweza kusimama kwa sababu ya kwa hila zilizofanywa dhidi yake. 26Wale wanaokula kutoka kwenye ruzuku za mfalme watajaribu kumwangamiza; jeshi lake litafagiliwa mbali, nao wengi watakufa vitani. 2711:27 Za 64:6; 12:2; Yer 9:5; Hab 2:3Wafalme hawa wawili, mioyo yao ikiwa imekusudia mabaya, wataketi kwenye meza moja na kudanganyana wao kwa wao, lakini pasipo faida, kwa sababu bado mwisho utakuja katika wakati ulioamriwa. 28Mfalme wa Kaskazini atarudi katika nchi yake na utajiri mwingi, lakini atakuwa ameukaza moyo wake kinyume na agano takatifu. Atachukua hatua dhidi ya hilo agano, kisha atarudi nchi yake.
29“Wakati ulioamriwa, atavamia tena Kusini, lakini wakati huu matokeo yake yatakuwa tofauti na yale ya wakati wa kwanza. 3011:30 Hes 24:24; Mwa 10:4; 1Sam 17:32; Ay 15:13Meli za nchi ya Kitimu zitampinga, naye atavunjika moyo. Ndipo atarudi nyuma na kutoa wazi hasira yake dhidi ya agano takatifu. Atarudi na kuonyesha fadhili kwa wale waliachao agano takatifu.
3111:31 Yer 19:4; Mt 24:15; Hos 3:4; Dan 8:11-13; 9:27; Mk 13:14“Majeshi yake yenye silaha yatainuka ili kunajisi ngome ya Hekalu, na kuondolea mbali sadaka ya kuteketezwa ya kila siku. Ndipo watalisimamisha chukizo la uharibifu lisababishalo ukiwa. 3211:32 1Nya 28:9; Mik 5:7-9Kwa udanganyifu atapotosha wale walionajisi agano, lakini watu wanaomjua Mungu wao watampinga kwa uthabiti.
3311:33 Dan 12:3; Mal 2:7; Yn 16:2; Ebr 11:32-38; Mt 24:9“Wenye hekima watawafundisha wengi, ingawa kwa kitambo watauawa kwa upanga au kuchomwa moto, au kukamatwa au kufanywa mateka. 3411:34 Mt 7:15; Rum 16:18Watakapoanguka, watapokea msaada kidogo, nao wengi ambao si waaminifu wataungana nao. 3511:35 Ay 28:1; Yn 15:2; Za 78:38; Isa 48:10; Dan 12:10; Zek 13:9Baadhi ya wenye hekima watajikwaa, ili waweze kusafishwa, kutakaswa na kufanywa wasio na waa mpaka wakati wa mwisho, kwa maana bado litakuja kwa wakati ulioamriwa.
Mfalme Ajikwezaye Mwenyewe
3611:36 1The 2:4; Ufu 13:5-6; Kum 10:17; Isa 26:20; Yud 16; Dan 7:25; Isa 10:25“Mfalme atafanya apendavyo. Atajikweza na kujitukuza juu ya kila mungu, naye atasema mambo ambayo hayajasikiwa dhidi ya Mungu wa miungu. Atafanikiwa hadi wakati wa ghadhabu utimie, kwa maana kile kilichokusudiwa lazima kitokee. 37Hataonyesha heshima kwa miungu ya baba zake au kwa yule aliyetamaniwa na wanawake, wala hatajali mungu yeyote, bali atajikweza mwenyewe juu yao wote. 38Badala ya kuwajali miungu, ataheshimu mungu wa ngome; mungu ambaye hakujulikana na baba zake ndiye atamheshimu kwa dhahabu na fedha, kwa vito vya thamani na zawadi za thamani kubwa. 39Atashambulia ngome zenye nguvu mno kwa msaada wa mungu wa kigeni naye atawaheshimu sana wale watakaomkubali yeye. Atawafanya watawala juu ya watu wengi, na atagawa nchi kwa gharama.
4011:40 Isa 21:1; 5:28; Eze 38:4; Isa 8:7“Katika wakati wa mwisho, mfalme wa Kusini atapigana naye vita, naye mfalme wa Kaskazini atamshambulia kwa magari ya vita, askari wapanda farasi, na idadi kubwa ya meli. Atavamia nchi nyingi na kuzikumba nchi hizo kama mafuriko. 4111:41 Isa 11:14; Yer 48:47; Mal 3:12; Eze 20:6Pia ataivamia Nchi ya Kupendeza. Nchi nyingi zitapinduliwa, bali Edomu, Moabu na viongozi wa Amoni wataokolewa kutoka mkono wake. 42Atapanua mamlaka yake juu ya nchi nyingi; hata Misri haitaepuka. 4311:43 Eze 30:4; 2Nya 12:3; Nah 3:9Atamiliki hazina za dhahabu, fedha na utajiri wote wa Misri, pamoja na Walibia na Wakushi kwa kujisalimisha. 44Lakini taarifa kutoka mashariki na kaskazini zitamshtua, naye ataondoka kwa ghadhabu nyingi ili kuangamiza na kuharibu kabisa wengi. 4511:45 Isa 2:2-4; Dan 8:9Atasimika hema zake za ufalme kati ya bahari na mlima mtakatifu wa kupendeza. Hata hivyo, atafikia mwisho wake, wala hakuna yeyote atakayemsaidia.