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Daniel 7:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— ‘He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most high [places], and think to change seasons and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and a half time.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— and, words against the Most High, will he speak, and, the holy ones of the Highest, will he afflict,—and will hope to change times and law, and they will be given into his hand, for a season and seasons and the dividing of a season,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and words as an adversary of the Most High it doth speak, and the saints of the Most High it doth wear out, and it hopeth to change seasons and law; and they are given into its hand, till a time, and times, and a division of a time.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And he shall speak words against the High One, and shall crush the saints of the most High: and he shall think himself able to change times and laws, and they shall be delivered into his hand until a time, and times, and half a time.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And he shall speake great words against the most high, and shall weare out the Saints of the most high, and thinke to change times, and lawes: and they shall be giuen into his hand, vntill a time and times, & the diuiding of time.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change times and law: and [power] shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And he shall speak [great] words against Illaya, and shall wear out the saints of Elyon, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And he shall speak 4449
{4449} Prime
מְלַל
m@lal
{mel-al'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4448; to speak.
z8741
<8741> Grammar
Stem - Pael (See H8835)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 15
[great] words 4406
{4406} Prime
מִלָּה
millah
{mil-law'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4405; a word, command, discourse, or subject.
against 6655
{6655} Prime
צַד
tsad
{tsad}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H6654; used adverbially (with preposition) at or upon the side of.
`Illäyä´ עִלָּיָא, 5943
{5943} Prime
עִלָּי
`illay
{il-lah'-ee}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5942; supreme (that is, God).
and shall wear out 1080
{1080} Prime
בְּלַא
b@la'
{bel-aw'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1086 (but used only in a mental sense); to afflict.
z8741
<8741> Grammar
Stem - Pael (See H8835)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 15
the saints 6922
{6922} Prime
קַדִּישׁ
qaddiysh
{kad-deesh'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H6918.
of `Elyôn עֶליוֹן, 5946
{5946} Prime
עֶלְיוֹן
`elyown
{el-yone'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5945; the supreme.
and think 5452
{5452} Prime
סְבַר
c@bar
{seb-ar'}
(Chaldee); a primitive root; to bear in mind, that is, hope.
z8748
<8748> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 145
to change 8133
{8133} Prime
שְׁנַא
sh@na'
{shen-aw'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H8132.
z8682
<8682> Grammar
Stem - Aphel (See H8817)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 34
times 2166
{2166} Prime
זְמַן
z@man
{zem-awn'}
(Chaldee); from H2165; the same as H2165.
and laws: 1882
{1882} Prime
דָּת
dath
{dawth}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1881; decree, law.
and they shall be given 3052
{3052} Prime
יְהָב
y@hab
{yeh-hab'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H3051.
z8725
<8725> Grammar
Stem - Ithpeal (See H8829)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 14
into his hand 3028
{3028} Prime
יַד
yad
{yad}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H3027.
until 5705
{5705} Prime
עַד
`ad
{ad}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5704.
a time 5732
{5732} Prime
עִדָּן
`iddan
{id-dawn'}
(Chaldee); from a root corresponding to that of H5708; a set time; technically a year.
and times 5732
{5732} Prime
עִדָּן
`iddan
{id-dawn'}
(Chaldee); from a root corresponding to that of H5708; a set time; technically a year.
and the dividing 6387
{6387} Prime
פְּלַג
p@lag
{pel-ag'}
(Chaldee); from H6386; a half.
of time. 5732
{5732} Prime
עִדָּן
`iddan
{id-dawn'}
(Chaldee); from a root corresponding to that of H5708; a set time; technically a year.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Daniel 7:25

_ _ Three attributes of Antichrist are specified: (1) The highest worldly wisdom and civilization. (2) The uniting of the whole civilized world under his dominion. (3) Atheism, antitheism, and autotheism in its fullest development (1 John 2:22). Therefore, not only is power taken from the fourth beast, as in the case of the other three, but God destroys it and the world power in general by a final judgment. The present external Christianity is to give place to an almost universal apostasy.

_ _ think — literally, “carry within him as it were the burden of the thought.”

_ _ change times — the prerogative of God alone (Daniel 2:21); blasphemously assumed by Antichrist. The “times and laws” here meant are those of religious ordinance; stated times of feasts [Maurer]. Perhaps there are included the times assigned by God to the duration of kingdoms. He shall set Himself above all that is called God (2 Thessalonians 2:4), putting his own “will” above God’s times and laws (Daniel 11:36, Daniel 11:37). But the “times” of His willfulness are limited for the elect’s sake (Matthew 24:22).

_ _ they — the saints.

_ _ given into his hand — to be persecuted.

_ _ time ... times and ... dividing of time — one year, two years, and half a year: 1260 days (Revelation 12:6, Revelation 12:14); forty-two months (Revelation 11:2, Revelation 11:3). That literally three and a half years are to be the term of Antichrist’s persecution is favored by Daniel 4:16, Daniel 4:23, where the year-day theory would be impossible. If the Church, moreover, had been informed that 1260 years must elapse before the second advent, the attitude of expectancy which is inculcated (Luke 12:38; 1 Corinthians 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2 Peter 3:12) on the ground of the uncertainty of the time, would be out of place. The original word for “time” denotes a stated period or set feast; or the interval from one set feast to its recurrence, that is, a year [Tregelles]; Leviticus 23:4, “seasons”; Leviticus 23:44, “feasts.” The passages in favor of the year-day theory are Ezekiel 4:6, where each day of the forty during which Ezekiel lay on his right side is defined by God as meaning a year. Compare Numbers 14:34, where a year of wandering in the wilderness was appointed for each day of the forty during which the spies searched Canaan; but the days were, in these two cases, merely the type or reason for the years, which were announced as they were to be fulfilled. In the prophetic part of Numbers 14:34 “years” are literal. If the year-day system was applied to them, they would be 14,400 years! In Ezekiel 4:4-6, if day meant year, Ezekiel would have lain on his right side forty years! The context here in Daniel 7:24, Daniel 7:25, is not symbolical. Antichrist is no longer called a horn, but a king subduing three out of ten kings (no longer horns, Daniel 7:7, Daniel 7:8). So in Daniel 12:7, where “time, times, and half a time,” again occurs, nothing symbolic occurs in the context. So that there is no reason why the three and a half years should be so. For the first four centuries the “days” were interpreted literally; a mystical meaning of the 1260 days then began. Walter Brute first suggested the year-day theory in the end of the fourteenth century. The seventy years of the Babylonian captivity foretold by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:12; Jeremiah 29:10) were understood by Daniel (Daniel 9:2) as literal years, not symbolical, which would have been 25,200 years! [Tregelles]. It is possible that the year-day and day-day theories are both true. The seven (symbolical) times of the Gentile monarchies (Leviticus 26:24) during Israel’s casting off will end in the seven years of Antichrist. The 1260 years of papal misrule in the name of Christ may be represented by three and a half years of open Antichristianity and persecution before the millennium. Witnessing churches may be succeeded by witnessing individuals, the former occupying the longer, the latter the shorter period (Revelation 11:3). The beginning of the 1260 years is by Elliott set at a.d. 529 or 533, when Justinian’s edict acknowledged Pope John II to be head of the Church; by Luther, at 606, when Phocas confirmed Justinian’s grant. But 752 is the most likely date, when the temporal dominion of the popes began by Pepin’s grant to Stephen II (for Zachary, his predecessor’s recognition of his title to France), confirmed by Charlemagne. For it was then first that the little horn plucked up three horns, and so became the prolongation of the fourth secular kingdom [Newton]. This would bring us down to about a.d. 2000, or the seventh thousand millenary from creation. But Clinton makes about 1862 the seventh millenary, which may favor the dating from a.d. 529.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Daniel 7:15-28.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Daniel 7:25

Until a time and times — The numbers of Daniel and John seem to agree. Daniel was certainly prophetical in these things, and his prophecy reacheth to the end of times, even of antichrist's reign.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Daniel 7:25

And he shall speak [great] words against (o) the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to (p) change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a (q) time and times and the dividing of time.

(o) That is, will make wicked decrees and proclamations against God's word, and send throughout all their dominion, to destroy all that did profess it.

(p) These emperors will not consider that they have their power from God, but think it is in their own power to change God's laws and man's, and as it were the order of nature, as appears by Octavius, Tiberius, Calligula, Nero, Domitianus, etc.

(q) God will allow them to rage in this way against his saints for a long time, the time and times, but at length he will soften these troubles, and shorten the time for his elect's sake, (Matthew 24:22), which is here meant by the dividing of time.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
he shall speak:
In assuming infallibility, professing to forgive sins, and to open and shut heaven, thundering out bulls and anathemas, excommunicating princes, absolving subjects from their allegiance, and exacting obedience to his decrees in open violation of reason and Scripture.
Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Daniel 7:20 And of the ten horns that [were] in his head, and [of] the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even [of] that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look [was] more stout than his fellows.
Daniel 8:24-25 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. ... And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify [himself] in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Daniel 11:28 Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart [shall be] against the holy covenant; and he shall do [exploits], and return to his own land.
Daniel 11:30-31 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. ... And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily [sacrifice], and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
Daniel 11:36-37 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. ... Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
Isaiah 37:23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted [thy] voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? [even] against the Holy One of Israel.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Revelation 13:5-6 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months. ... And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

shall wear out:
By wars, crusades, massacres, etc.
Revelation 6:9-10 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: ... And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Revelation 11:7-10 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. ... And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
Revelation 13:7-10 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. ... He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

and think:
Appointing feasts and fasts, canonizing saints, etc.
Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily [sacrifice], and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
Daniel 11:36-38 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. ... But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; ... Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
Revelation 13:15-17 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. ... And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

a time:
That is, three years and a half, or, reckoning thirty days to a month, 1,260 days, equal to the same number of years in prophetic language; which, dated from the decree of Phocas constituting him the supreme head of the church, ad 606, terminated in 1866.
Daniel 4:25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Daniel 4:32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling [shall be] with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which [was] upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that [it shall be] for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these [things] shall be finished.
Daniel 12:11-12 And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days. ... Blessed [is] he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Revelation 11:2-3 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty [and] two months. ... And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days.
Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.
Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
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