22. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
22. Et confractum est, 1 et extiterunt quatuor, cornua scilicet, loco ejus: quatuor regna a gente exsurgent, vel, existent, et non pro fortitudine illius.
23. And in the latter time their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
23. Et in fine regni illorum, ubi perfecti fuerint scelerati, existet rex praefractus facie, 2 et intelligens aenigmata.
Hence Luther, indulging his thoughts too freely, refers this passage to the masks of Antichrist, but we shall trace this point afterwards. 3
1 That is, the horn was broken. -- Calvin.
2 Verbally, "in faces." -- Calvin.
3 The English reader may consult Michelet's Life of Luther. Hazlitt's Ed., 1846.