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to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting
righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophet, 25 and to anoint a Most Holy. Know therefore
and understand from passing of sentence, that on the restoring of Jerusalem, so long as Messiah is. Leader, there shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks it shall be restored,
street and lane, and in the straitness of times. 26 But after the threescore and two weeks Messiah
shall make a covenant that shall not be with it; and the future people of the Leader shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and its destruction
shall be overwhelming; and until the destruction 27 war is the sentence of desolations. Yet will He
establish the covenant with many for one week : and on the division of the week he will cause sacrifice and meat-offering to cease and upon the wing of the temple there shall be abominations of desolation, even until the sentenced extirpation be poured upon the desolation.
an end of sins, &c. The meaning of seventy weeks being decided apon Daniel's people and his holy city is, that seventy weeks is the time decided upon for the duration of the holy city before the things immediately afterwards mentioned take place, the age of the city being assumed as a date to go by, not that the city will be immediately afterwards destroyed.
THE THIRD VISION
THE KINGS OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH AND WILFUL KING.
X. 1.-In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a
thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood
the thing, and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full 3 weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came
flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint
myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. 4 And in the four and twentieth day the first
month, as I was by the side of the great river, 5 which is Hiddekel; then I lift
mine looked, and, behold, a certain man clothed in
linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of 6 Uphaz: his body was like the beryl, and his face
as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in
colour to polished brass, and the voice of his 7 words, like the voice of a multitude. And I
Daniel saw the vision; for the men that were
with me saw not the vision ; but a great quaking
fell upon them, so that they fled to hide them8 selves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this
great vision, and there remained no strength in
me; for my comeliness was turned in me into 9 corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet
heard I the voice of his words; and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a
deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the 10 ground. And, behold, an hand touched me,
which set me upon my knees, and upon the palms 11 of my hands : and he said unto me, O Daniel,
a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright : for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had
spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel : for
from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy
God, thy words were heard, and I am come for 13 thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of
Persia withstood me one and twenty days : but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help
me; and I remained there with the kings of 14 Persia. Now I am come to make thee under
stand, what shall befal thy people in the latter 15 days : for yet the vision is for many days. And
when he had spoken such words unto me, I set
my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. 16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are
turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk
with this my lord ? for as for me, straightway
there remained no strength in me, neither is 18 there breath left in me. Then there came again
and touched me one like the appearance of a 19 man, and he strengthened me, and said, O man
greatly beloved, fear not; peace be unto thee; be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said,
let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened 20 me.
Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight
with the prince of Persia : and when I am gone 21 forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But
I will show thee that which is noted in the Scripture of truth; and there is none that holdeth
with me in these things, but Michael your prince. XI. 1.-Also I, in the first year of Darius the Mede,
even I, stood to confirm and strengthen him. 2 And now will I shew thee the truth.
Cambyses. B.C. 529. Smerdis. B.C. 522.
Behold there shall stand up yet three kings in
they all; and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
Alexander the Great, B. C. 331.
3 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall
rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
Cassander, B.C. 316. Lysimachus, B.C. 286. Ptolemy, B.C. 323; Seleucus Nicator, B.C. 312; kings of Macedon, Thrace, Egypt, and Syria.
4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall
be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled : for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others besides those.
Ptolemy, king of the South, B.C. 305, and Seleucus, king of the North, B.C. 312, who annexed the kingdoms of Cassander and Lysimachus to his own, B.C. 281.
5 And the king of the south shall be strong, and
one of his princes; and there shall be one strong above him, and have dominion, his dominion shall be a great dominion.
The treaty of peace between Antiochus Theus and Ptolemy Philadelphus, by which the former agrees to divorce his sister and wife, Laodice, and marry Berenice the daughter of the latter, B.C. 252. On the death of Philadelphus, Theus, repudiating Berenice, takes back his former wife, Laodice, and is poisoned by her. Berenice and her young son, with many of her Egyptian at