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5 “Then the king of the south will grow strong and also ⌊one of his officials⌋,h and he will grow stronger ⌊than him⌋i and he will rule ⌊a dominion greater than his dominion⌋.j 6 And at the end of some years they will make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south will come to the king of the north to make a peace treaty, but ⌊she will not retain her position of power⌋,k and his offspringl will not endure, and she will be given up, she and her attendants and her child supporting her, in those times.m 7 And a branch from her rootsn will rise up in his place, and he will come against the army and he will enter the stronghold of the king of the north and he will take action against them and he will prevail. 8 And also their gods with their idols and with the ⌊precious vessels⌋,o silver and gold he will take to Egypt into captivity, and for years ⌊he will leave the king of the north alone⌋.p 9 And then heq will come into the kingdom of the king of the south, but he will return to his land.
10 “But his sons will wage war and they will gather a multitude of great forces and ⌊he will advance with great force⌋,r and he will overflow like a flood and he will pass through and he will return, and they will wage war up to his fortress. 11 And the king of the south will become furious, and he will go and he will battle against him, against the king of the north; and he will muster a great multitude, and the multitude will be given into his hand. 12 When the multitude is carried off, his heart will be exalted and he will overthrow ⌊tens of thousands⌋,s but he will not prevail. 13 And the king of the north will again raise a multitude, greater than the former, and ⌊at the end of some years⌋t he will surely come with a great army and with great supplies.u
14 “And in these times many will rise up against the king of the south, and ⌊the violent ones of your people⌋v will lift themselves ⌊to fulfill⌋w the vision, but they will fall. 15 And the king of the north will come, and he will throw up siege rampsx and capture a city of fortifications and the military forces of the south and ⌊his choice troops⌋y will not stand, forz there is no strength left to resist. 16 And the one coming to him will act ⌊according to⌋a his pleasure, and there is no one who ⌊will stand⌋b ⌊before him⌋,c and he will stand in ⌊the beautiful land⌋d and complete destruction will be in his power. 17 And he will set his face to come with the authority of his whole kingdom and will form an agreement;e and he will ⌊act⌋,f and the daughter of women he will give to him to destroy it,g but the ploy will not succeed ⌊and she will not support him⌋.h 18 And he will turn his face to the coastlands, and he will capture many, buti a commander will end his insults to him ⌊so that instead his insults will turn back upon him⌋.j 19 And he will turn back his face towardk the strongholds of his land, but he will stumble and he will fall and will not be found.
20 “Then in his place will arise one sending an official throughout the gloryl of his kingdom, and ⌊in a few days⌋m he will be broken, but not in anger and not in battle. 21 And in his place a despicable person will arise on whomn they have not conferred the majesty of the kingdom, and he will come in ⌊without warning⌋o and he will seize the kingdom by deceit. 22 And ⌊before him⌋p ⌊mighty military forces⌋q will be utterly swept away, and they will be broken, and also the leader of the covenant. 23 And after an alliance is made with him, he will act deceitfully, and he will rise and he will become powerful with few people backing him. 24 In a time of ease and in the rich parts of the province, he will come and he will do what ⌊his predecessors⌋r did not do; he will distribute plunder and spoil and possessions to them, and he will devise his plans against fortifications, but only ⌊for a time⌋.s 25 And he will stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south and ⌊with a much greater and stronger army⌋;t but he will not succeed, for they will devise plans against him. 26 And those who eat of his royal rations will break him and his army will be overwhelmed, and many will fall, slain. 27 ⌊And two of the kings⌋u ⌊will bend their hearts⌋v to evil. And at the ⌊same table⌋w they will speak lies, but what is discussed will not succeed, for still an end is coming at the appointed time. 28 Then he will return to his land with many possessions, but his heart will be set against ⌊the holy covenant⌋,x and he will take action and he will return to his land.
29 “At the appointed time he will return and he will come into the south, but it will not be ⌊as it was before⌋.y 30 And the ships of Kittim will come against him, and he will lose heart, and he will turn back, and he will be enraged ⌊against the holy covenant⌋,z and he will take action, and he will turn back, and he will pay attention to those who forsake ⌊the holy covenant⌋.a 31 And military forces from him ⌊will occupy⌋b and will profanec the ⌊sanctuary stronghold⌋,d and they will abolish the regular burnt offering, and they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.
32 “And those who violate the covenant he will seduce with flattery, but the persons who know their Gode will stand firm and will take action. 33 And those who have insight ⌊will instruct⌋f the many, but they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder ⌊for some time⌋.g 34 And ⌊when they fall⌋h they will receive little help, and many will join with them in hypocrisy. 35 And even some of those ⌊who have insight⌋i will falli in order for them to be refined by it, and to be purified and cleansed until the time of the end, for the appointed time is still to come.
36 “Then the king will do ⌊as he pleases⌋,j and he will exalt himself and will consider himself above any god, and he will speak horrendous things ⌊against⌋k the God of gods, yet he will succeed until the period of anger is finished, for what is determined will be done. 37 He will not pay respect to the gods of his ancestors,l or to the darling of women, and not to any god will he pay respect, for he will consider himself great over all gods. 38 But ⌊instead⌋m he will honor the god of fortresses, a god whom his ancestorsn did not know. He will honor him with gold, and with silver, and with precious stoneso and with costly gifts. 39 And he will deal with the ⌊fortified strongholds⌋p with the help of ⌊a foreign god⌋;q and he will increase wealth for whoever will acknowledge him, and he will cause them to ruler over the many, and he will distribute land for a price.
Literally “from among his officials”
Literally “over him”
Literally “a dominion great dominion his”
Literally “she will not retain the power of her arm”
Hebrew “in the times”
That is, a member of her family
Literally “vessels of their desire”
Literally “he will stand back from the king of the north”
That is, the king of the north
Literally “he will come, to come”
Literally “to the end of the times years”
Literally “the sons of the lawless ones of your people”
Literally “to cause to stand”
Literally “the army of his chosen troops”
Literally “to the face of him”
Literally “in the land of the beauty”
Or “treaty,” or “peace proposal”; the Hebrew is difficult
Literally “do, perform”
Literally “and not for him will she be”
Literally “so that not his insults he will return against him”
Literally “in some days”
Literally “in ease”
Literally “to the face of him”
Literally “military forces of the flood”
Literally “his fathers and the father of his fathers”
Literally “until time”
Literally “with an army great and numerous exceedingly”
Literally “And two of them, the kings”
Literally “their heart”
Literally “one table”
Literally “covenant of holiness”
Literally “as the former and as the last”
Literally “against the covenant of holiness”
Literally “the covenant of holiness”
Literally “will stand forth”
Literally “the sanctuary, the stronghold”
Hebrew “the ones who know his God”
Literally “make understand”
Literally “during days”
Literally “in/at their falling”
Literally “the ones who produce insight”
Literally “as his pleasure”
Literally “in his place”
Hebrew “precious stone”
Literally “the fortifications of strongholds”
Literally “the god of a foreign land”
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