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Daniel 8 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Vision of the Ram and Goat

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:1 - In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar the king a vision appeared to me, [fn]Daniel, subsequent to the one which appeared to me [fn]previously.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:2 - I looked in the vision, and while I was looking I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I looked in the vision and I myself was beside the Ulai [fn]Canal.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:3 - Then I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a ram which had two horns was standing in front of the [fn]canal. Now the two horns were [fn]long, but one was [fn]longer than the other, with the [fn]longer one coming up last.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:4 - I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his [fn]power, but he did as he pleased and magnified himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:5 - 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 [fn]goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:6 - He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the [fn]canal, and rushed at him in his mighty wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:7 - 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 [fn]power.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:8 - Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. But as soon as he was mighty, the large horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.

The Little Horn

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:9 - Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the [fn]Beautiful Land.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:10 - It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:11 - It even magnified itself [fn]to be equal with the [fn]Commander of the host; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:12 - And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:13 - Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, “How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, [fn]while the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host [fn]to be trampled?”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:14 - He said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be [fn]properly restored.”

Interpretation of the Vision

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:15 - When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought [fn]to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one [fn]who looked like a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:16 - And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:17 - So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:18 - Now while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand [fn]upright.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:19 - He said, “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.

The Ram's Identity

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:20 - “The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.

The Goat

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:21 - “The shaggy [fn]goat represents the [fn]kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:22 - “The broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:23 - “In the latter period of their [fn]rule,
When the transgressors have [fn]run their course,
A king will arise,
[fn]Insolent and skilled in [fn]intrigue.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:24 - “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power,
And he will [fn]destroy to an extraordinary degree
And prosper and perform his will;
He will [fn]destroy mighty men and [fn]the holy people.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:25 - “And through his shrewdness
He will cause deceit to succeed by his [fn]influence;
And he will magnify himself in his heart,
And he will [fn]destroy many while they are [fn]at ease.
He will even [fn]oppose the Prince of princes,
But he will be broken without [fn]human agency.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:26 - “The vision of the evenings and mornings
Which has been told is true;
But keep the vision secret,
For it pertains to many days in the future.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 8:27 - Then I, Daniel, was [fn]exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up again and carried on the king’s business; but I was astounded at the vision, and there was none to [fn]explain it.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: I, Daniel
Literally: at the beginning
Or, river
Or, river
Literally: high(er)
Literally: hand
Literally: buck
Or, river
Literally: hand
I.e. Palestine
Literally: up to the
Or, Prince
Or, possibly and the transgression that horrifies
Literally: as a trampling
Literally: vindicated
Literally: understanding
Literally: like the appearance of a man
Literally: on my standing
Literally: buck
Literally: king
Or, kingdom
Literally: finished
Literally: Strong of face
Or, ambiguous speech
Or, corrupt
Literally: people of the saints
Literally: hand
Or, corrupt
Or, secure
Literally: stand against
Or, done in
Literally: make me understand

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