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Daniel 7:17

    Daniel 7:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, that shall arise out of the earth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    These great beasts are four kings who will be cut off from the earth.

    Webster's Revision

    These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, that shall arise out of the earth.

    World English Bible

    These great animals, which are four, are four kings, who shall arise out of the earth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

    Clarke's Commentary on Daniel 7:17

    These great beasts - are four kings - See the preceding verses, where the following explanations are inserted and illustrated.

    Barnes' Notes on Daniel 7:17

    These great beasts, which are four, are four kings - Four kings or four dynasties. There is no reason for supposing that they refer to individual kings, but the obvious meaning is, that they refer to four dominions or empires that would succeed one another on the earth. So the whole representation leads us to suppose, and so the passage has been always interpreted. The Latin Vulgate renders it regna; the Septuagint βασιλεῖαι basileiai; Luther, Reiche; Lengerke, Konigreiche. This interpretation is confirmed, also, by Daniel 7:23, where it is expressly said that "the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth." See also Daniel 7:24.

    Which shall arise out of the earth - In Daniel 7:2 the beasts are represented as coming up from the sea - the emblem of agitated nations. Here the same idea is presented more literally - that they would seem to spring up out of the earth, thus thrown into wild commotion. These dynasties were to be upon the earth, and they were in all things to indicate their earthly origin. Perhaps, also, it is designed by these words to denote a marked contrast between these four dynasties and the one that would follow - which would be of heavenly origin. This was the general intimation which was given to the meaning of the vision, and he was satisfied at once as to the explanation, so far as the first three were concerned; but the fourth seemed to indicate more mysterious and important events, and respecting this he was induced to ask a more particular explanation.