Which of the trees of Eden was like you in majesty and loftiness? You will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower parts of the earth; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword! This is what will happen to Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
“Son of man, sing a lament for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: “‘You were like a lion 1 among the nations, but you are a monster in the seas; you thrash about in your streams, stir up the water with your feet, and muddy your 2 streams.
Sheba and Dedan and the traders of Tarshish with all its young warriors 1 will say to you, “Have you come to loot? Have you assembled your armies to plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to haul away a great amount of spoils?”’
These will be the allotments for the holy portion: for the priests, toward the north eight and a quarter miles 1 in length, toward the west three and one-third miles 2 in width, toward the east three and one-third miles 3 in width, and toward the south eight and a quarter miles 4 in length; the sanctuary of the Lord will be in the middle.
This announcement is by the decree of the sentinels; this decision is by the pronouncement of the holy ones, so that 1 those who are alive may understand that the Most High has authority over human kingdoms, 2 and he bestows them on whomever he wishes. He establishes over them even the lowliest of human beings.’
Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you. Break away from your sins by doing what is right, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps your prosperity will be prolonged.” 1
However, I have heard 1 that you are able to provide interpretations and to decipher knotty problems. Now if you are able to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, you will wear purple and have a golden collar around your neck and be third 2 ruler in the kingdom.”
I also wanted to know 1 the meaning of the ten horns on its head, and of that other horn which came up and before which three others fell. This was the horn that had eyes 2 and a mouth speaking arrogant things, whose appearance was more formidable than the others. 3
“Seventy weeks 1 have been determined concerning your people and your holy city to put an end to 2 rebellion, to bring sin 3 to completion, 4 to atone for iniquity, to bring in perpetual 5 righteousness, to seal up 6 the prophetic vision, 7 and to anoint a most holy place. 8
Then he said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel, for from the very first day you applied your mind 1 to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come in response to your words.
His intention 1 will be to come with the strength of his entire kingdom, and he will form alliances. 2 He will give the king of the south 3 a daughter 4 in marriage in order to destroy the kingdom, but it will not turn out to his advantage.
In a time of prosperity for the most productive areas of the province he will come and accomplish what neither his fathers nor their fathers accomplished. He will distribute loot, spoils, and property to his followers, and he will devise plans against fortified cities, but not for long. 1
For their mother has committed adultery; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, “I will seek out 1 my lovers; 2 they are the ones who give me my bread and my water, my wool, my flax, my olive oil, and my wine. 3
Then she will pursue her lovers, but she will not catch 1 them; she will seek them, but she will not find them. 2 Then she will say, “I will go back 3 to my husband, 4 because I was better off then than I am now.” 5
When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the wilderness. I viewed your ancestors 1 like an early fig on a fig tree in its first season. Then they came to Baal-Peor and they dedicated themselves to shame – they became as detestable as what they loved.
Even though he flourishes like a reed plant, 1 a scorching east wind will come, a wind from the Lord rising up from the desert. As a result, his spring will dry up; 2 his well will become dry. That wind 3 will spoil all his delightful foods in the containers in his storehouse.
Citizens of Zion, 1 rejoice! Be glad because of what the Lord your God has done! 2 For he has given to you the early rains 3 as vindication. He has sent 4 to you the rains – both the early and the late rains 5 as formerly.
This is what the Lord says: “Because Edom has committed three crimes 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 He chased his brother 4 with a sword; he wiped out his allies. 5 In his anger he tore them apart without stopping to rest; 6 in his fury he relentlessly attacked them. 7
This is what the Lord says: “Because Judah has committed three covenant transgressions 1 – make that four! 2 – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 They rejected the Lord’s law; 4 they did not obey his commands. Their false gods, 5 to which their fathers were loyal, 6 led them astray.
Therefore, because you make the poor pay taxes on their crops 1 and exact a grain tax from them, you will not live in the houses you built with chiseled stone, nor will you drink the wine from the fine 2 vineyards you planted. 3