Look, I will escape to a distant place; I will stay in the wilderness. (Selah)
‘These large beasts, which are four in number, represent four kings who will arise from the earth.
But Ruth replied, “Stop urging me to abandon you! 1 For wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you live, I will live. Your people will become my people, and your God will become my God.
Then there will be a fourth kingdom, one strong like iron. Just like iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything, and as iron breaks in pieces 1 all of these metals, 2 so it will break in pieces and crush the others. 3
In the days of those kings the God of heaven will raise up an everlasting kingdom that will not be destroyed and a kingdom that will not be left to another people. It will break in pieces and bring about the demise of all these kingdoms. But it will stand forever.
Over them would be three supervisors, one of whom was Daniel. These satraps were accountable 1 to them, so that the king’s interests might not incur damage.