The vision of the goat (Dan 8:5-8:5)

“As I was watching,

A male goat

Appeared

From the west.

It came across

The face

Of the whole earth,

Without touching

The ground.

The goat

Had a conspicuous horn

Between its eyes.”

While Daniel was watching the ram, a goat from the west appeared, maybe a reference to Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE). This goat was a like a flying animal, but there was no mention of any wings. This goat simply moved without touching the ground. However, it did have a horn between its eyes, like a unicorn.

The herald’s proclamation (Dan 3:4-3:6)

“The herald

Proclaimed aloud.

‘You are commanded!

O peoples!

O nations!

O languages!

When you hear

The sound of the horn,

The pipe,

The lyre,

The trigon,

The harp,

The drum,

The entire musical ensemble,

You are to fall down!

You are to worship

The golden statue

That King Nebuchadnezzar

Has set up!

Whoever does not

Fall down,

Whoever does not

Worship,

Shall immediately

Be thrown

Into a furnace

Of a blazing fire.’”

The king’s herald announced to all standing there around this statue. All the people, countries, and various language groups were to fall down and worship this statue, when a musical sound would be made. They were to listen for the sound of a horn, a pipe, a lyre, a trigon, a harp, or a drum. Then, they were to worship this golden statue. Anyone who failed to worship this statue would immediately be thrown into a fiery furnace.