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17 “The four beasts are four earthly kingdoms. 18 But God Most High will give his kingdom to his chosen ones, and it will be theirs forever and ever.”

19 I wanted to know more about the fourth beast,[a] because it was so different and much more terrifying than the others. What was the meaning of its iron teeth and bronze claws and of its feet that smashed what the teeth and claws had not ground and crushed?

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Footnotes

  1. 7.19 fourth beast: See verses 7,8.

17 ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth. 18 But the holy people(A) of the Most High will receive the kingdom(B) and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’(C)

19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.

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