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Daniel 7:19

ESV “Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet,
NIV 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.
NASB Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet,
CSB "Then I wanted to be clear about the fourth beast, the one different from all the others, extremely terrifying, with iron teeth and bronze claws, devouring, crushing, and trampling with its feet whatever was left.
NLT Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, the one so different from the others and so terrifying. It had devoured and crushed its victims with iron teeth and bronze claws, trampling their remains beneath its feet.
KJV Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

What does Daniel 7:19 mean?

Though gifted in dreams and visions (Daniel 1:17), Daniel was fallible. His recent vision (Daniel 7:1) made him unsettled and nervous (Daniel 7:15). So, he wisely asked one of the angelic beings in his dream for an explanation (Daniel 7:16). So far, the being has explained that the four beasts represent four kingdoms of earth (Daniel 7:16–17), in parallel to those seen in Nebuchadnezzar's dream (Daniel 2:31–35). In a hopeful addition, Daniel is told that God's people will inherit a kingdom that can never be destroyed (Daniel 7:18).

The first three animals in Daniel's vision shared enough parts with real-world animals to be associated with lions, eagles, bears, and leopards. The fourth, however, was simply described as "terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong" with iron teeth and—in a detail included here—bronze claws (Daniel 7:7). Presumably, this is like no natural animal Daniel has ever seen. He asks for further details about this monster that brought destruction and devastation.

This "beast," history's final Gentile kingdom, conquers the previous Gentile kingdoms and shows no mercy as it does so. It mauls and crushes them with its bronze feet (Daniel 7:7–8). Imperial Rome dominated as an empire. It showed no mercy as its powerful armies marched across country after country in the Mediterranean region (Daniel 2:40). Yet the government ruling during the end times will somehow be even crueler. Its leader, one of the beasts of the book of Revelation (Revelation 13:1–2), will be empowered by Satan. This tyrant will demand absolute submission and worship, and whoever refuses to worship him will not be allowed to buy or sell (Revelation 13:15–17).

Daniel will also ask about this beast's arrangement of horns (Daniel 7:20), prompting an explanation of both (Daniel 7:23–27).
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