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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 8

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Vision of the Ram and He‐goat. * 1After this first vision, I, Daniel, had another, in the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar. 2In my vision I saw myself in the fortress of Susa* in the province of Elam; I was beside the river Ulai. 3I looked up and saw standing by the river a ram with two great horns, the one larger and newer than the other. 4I saw the ram butting toward the west, north, and south. No beast could withstand it or be rescued from its power; it did what it pleased and became very powerful.

5As I was reflecting, a he‐goat with a prominent horn on its forehead suddenly came from the west across the whole earth without touching the ground. 6It approached the two‐horned ram I had seen standing by the river, and rushed toward it with savage force. 7I saw it attack the ram with furious blows when they met, and break both its horns. It threw the ram, which had not the force to withstand it, to the ground, and trampled upon it; and no one could rescue it from its power.

8The he‐goat became very powerful, but at the height of its power the great horn was shattered, and in its place came up four others, facing the four winds of heaven. 9Out of one of them came a little horn* which kept growing toward the south, the east, and the glorious country. 10Its power extended to the host of heaven,* so that it cast down to earth some of the host and some of the stars and trampled on them. 11It boasted even against the prince of the host, from whom it removed the daily sacrifice, and whose sanctuary it cast down, 12as well as the host, while sin replaced the daily sacrifice. It cast truth to the ground, and was succeeding in its undertaking.

13I heard a holy one speaking, and another said to whichever one it was that spoke, “How long shall the events of this vision last concerning the daily sacrifice, the desolating sin* which is placed there, the sanctuary, and the trampled host?” 14He answered him, “For two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be purified.”

15While I, Daniel, sought the meaning of the vision I had seen, a manlike figure stood before me, 16and on the Ulai I heard a human voice that cried out, “Gabriel,* explain the vision to this man.” 17When he came near where I was standing, I fell prostrate in terror. But he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the end time.”*

18As he spoke to me, I fell forward in a faint; he touched me and made me stand up. 19“I will show you,” he said, “what is to happen later in the period of wrath; for at the appointed time, there will be an end.

20The two‐horned ram you saw represents the kings of the Medes and Persians. 21The he‐goat is the king of the Greeks, and the great horn on its forehead is the first king. 22The four that rose in its place when it was broken are four kingdoms that will issue from his nation, but without his strength.

23After their reign, when sinners have reached their measure, There shall arise a king, impudent and skilled in intrigue. 24He shall be strong and powerful, bring about fearful ruin, and succeed in his undertaking. He shall destroy powerful peoples; 25his cunning shall be against the holy ones, his treacherous conduct shall succeed. He shall be proud of heart and destroy many by stealth. But when he rises against the prince of princes, he shall be broken without a hand being raised. 26The vision of the evenings and the mornings is true, as spoken; Do you, however, keep this vision undisclosed, because the days are to be many.”

27I, Daniel, was weak and ill for some days; then I arose and took care of the king's affairs. But I was appalled at the vision, which I could not understand.

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