10 I overpowered kingdoms ruled by idols, whose carved images were more impressive than Jerusalem’s or Samaria’s. 11 As I have done to Samaria and its idols, so I will do to Jerusalem and its idols.” 12 But when the Lord finishes judging Mount Zion and Jerusalem, then he will punish the king of Assyria for what he has proudly planned and for the arrogant attitude he displays. 13 For he says: “By my strong hand I have accomplished this, by my strategy that I devised. I invaded the territory of nations and looted their storehouses. Like a mighty conqueror, I brought down rulers. 14 My hand discovered the wealth of the nations, as if it were in a nest; as one gathers up abandoned eggs, I gathered up the whole earth. There was no wing flapping or open mouth chirping.”
6 “After these things, as I was watching, another beast like a leopard appeared, with four bird-like wings on its back. This beast had four heads, and ruling authority was given to it. 7 “After these things, as I was watching in the night visions a fourth beast appeared—one dreadful, terrible, and very strong. It had two large rows of iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and anything that was left it trampled with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that came before it, and it had 10 horns. 8 “As I was contemplating the horns, another horn—a small one—came up between them, and three of the former horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This horn had eyes resembling human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogant things. 9 “While I was watching, thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His attire was white like snow; the hair of his head was like lamb’s wool. His throne was ablaze with fire, and its wheels were all aflame. 10 A river of fire was streaming forth and proceeding from his presence. Many thousands were ministering to him; many tens of thousands stood ready to serve him. The court convened, and the books were opened.
Notes and References
"... In the vision itself, the “little horn” is narratively drawn in a few spare lines (Daniel 7:8). Especially given the interest shown by the Hebrew apocalypses in allusively tying the career of Antiochus IV to that of Assyria in Isaiah 10, it is reasonable to ask whether the narrator of Daniel 7:8 also portrays its “little horn” in terms reminiscent of that source text. The features peculiar to the “little horn” of the fourth beast are not explicable in terms of internal allusion to Daniel 1–6. Rather, it can be argued that these features find explanation in allusion to Isaiah. Not surprisingly, this allusion emphatically supports the thematic shift in emphasis underway in Daniel 7: in Daniel 1–6, rebellion by foreign rulers against the God of Israel is exceptional, and is quashed with little if any harm done to the people Israel (Daniel 4 and 5). In Daniel 7, foreign rule assumes a character more consistent and unregenerate in its rebellion. Such rebellion has not been without foreshadowing precedent in Daniel 4–5; but whereas the defections of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar are short-lived and of limited consequence, the rebellion of the “little horn” is granted a measure of success, allowing harm to “the whole earth” (Daniel 7:23) and to those faithfully aligned with God (Daniel 7:21, 25) ..."
Lester, G. Brooke Daniel Evokes Isaiah: Allusive Characterization of Foreign Rule in the Hebrew-Aramaic Book of Daniel (p. 85) Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015