Daniel 8:21
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New International Version
The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king.

New Living Translation
The shaggy male goat represents the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes represents the first king of the Greek Empire.

English Standard Version
And the goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king.

New American Standard Bible
"The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

King James Bible
And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The shaggy goat represents the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes represents the first king.

International Standard Version
The demonic goat is the king of Greece, and the great horn between its eyes is its first king.

NET Bible
The male goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is the first king.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The hairy male goat is the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn between its eyes is its first king.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the he goat is the king of Grecia, and the great horn that he had between his eyes is the first king.

King James 2000 Bible
And the male goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

American King James Version
And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

American Standard Version
And the rough he-goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the he goat, is the king of the Greeks, and the great horn that was between his eyes, the same is the first king.

Darby Bible Translation
And the rough goat is the king of Greece; and the great horn that was between his eyes is the first king.

English Revised Version
And the rough he-goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

World English Bible
The rough male goat is the king of Greece: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

Young's Literal Translation
And the young he-goat, the hairy one, is the king of Javan; and the great horn that is between its eyes is the first king;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:15-27 The eternal Son of God stood before the prophet in the appearance of a man, and directed the angel Gabriel to explain the vision. Daniel's fainting and astonishment at the prospect of evils he saw coming on his people and the church, confirm the opinion that long-continued calamities were foretold. The vision being ended, a charge was given to Daniel to keep it private for the present. He kept it to himself, and went on to do the duty of his place. As long as we live in this world we must have something to do in it; and even those whom God has most honoured, must not think themselves above their business. Nor must the pleasure of communion with God take us from the duties of our callings, but we must in them abide with God. All who are intrusted with public business must discharge their trust uprightly; and, amidst all doubts and discouragements, they may, if true believers, look forward to a happy issue. Thus should we endeavour to compose our minds for attending to the duties to which each is appointed, in the church and in the world.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - And the rough goat is the King of Grecia; and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Again all the versions agree in omitting the word "rough," and in inserting "of the goats," as in the fifth verse. The authority of these is much too great to be resisted. The Massoretic reading is probably due to a confluence of readings, as the word translated "rough" also means "goats." The omission of the word "of the goats" is probably due to the inclusion of שָׂעִיר (sa'eer). Here, as in the previous case, "king" stands for dynasty; and this is proved by the fact that there is implied a series of kings, of whom the great horn is the first.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the rough goat is the king of Grecia,.... Including all the kings of it, from Alexander to the end of the Grecian monarchy; or rather the kingdom of Greece, which began in him, and continued until it was destroyed by the Romans: this was signified by the rough or hairy goat, especially when Alexander was at the head of it, for his strength and prowess, his swiftness in his marches over rocks and mountains, his majesty and grandeur, and also his lust and uncleanness; See Gill on Daniel 8:5,

and the great host that is between his eyes is the first king; this is Alexander, who, though he was not the first king of Macedon, his father Philip, and others, were kings before him; yet was the first king of the Grecian monarchy, which took place on the Persian monarchy being destroyed by him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. the first king—Philip was king of Macedon before Alexander, but the latter was the first who, as a generalissimo of Greece, subdued the Persian empire.

Daniel 8:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Gabriel Interprets Daniel's Vision
20"The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia. 21"The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22"The broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power.…
Cross References
Daniel 8:5
As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground.

Daniel 8:20
The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia.

Daniel 8:22
The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power.

Daniel 10:20
So he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come;

Daniel 11:2
"Now then, I tell you the truth: Three more kings will arise in Persia, and then a fourth, who will be far richer than all the others. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece.

Daniel 11:3
Then a mighty king will arise, who will rule with great power and do as he pleases.
Treasury of Scripture

And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

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Daniel 8:5-7 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on …

Daniel 10:20 Then said he, Know you why I come to you? and now will I return to …

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Daniel 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the …

Daniel 11:3 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, …

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