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Daniel 7:5-6


7:5 “Then 1  a second beast appeared, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and there were three ribs 2  in its mouth between its teeth. 3  It was told, 4  ‘Get up and devour much flesh!’

7:6 “After these things, 5  as I was watching, another beast 6  like a leopard appeared, with four bird-like wings on its back. 7  This beast had four heads, 8  and ruling authority was given to it.

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.”

5 tn Aram “this.” So also in v. 7.

6 tn Aram “and behold, another one.”

7 tn Or “sides.”

8 sn If the third animal is Greece, the most likely identification of these four heads is the four-fold division of the empire of Alexander the Great following his death. See note on Dan 8:8.

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