7:7 “After these things, as I was watching in the night visions 9 a fourth beast appeared – one dreadful, terrible, and very strong. 10 It had two large rows 11 of iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and anything that was left it trampled with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that came before it, and it had ten horns.
1 tn Aram “and behold.”
2 sn The three ribs held securely in the mouth of the bear, perhaps representing Media-Persia, apparently symbolize military conquest, but the exact identity of the “ribs” is not clear. Possibly it is a reference to the Persian conquest of Lydia, Egypt, and Babylonia.
3 tc The LXX lacks the phrase “between its teeth.”
4 tn Aram “and thus they were saying to it.”
6 tn Aram “and behold, another one.”
7 tn Or “sides.”
10 sn The fourth animal differs from the others in that it is nondescript. Apparently it was so fearsome that Daniel could find nothing with which to compare it. Attempts to identify this animal as an elephant or other known creature are conjectural.
11 tn The Aramaic word for “teeth” is dual rather than plural, suggesting two rows of teeth.