I am reading from the Book of Daniel Chapter 9:26 (NIV) concerning an end-time prophecy, where it is written,

26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.

When i look in the King James Bible at the same chapter and verse it is worded differently,

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Because of the different wording in these two bibles what is the most reliable interpretation that most readers favour,and how is the reader meant to understand the below quote.

The end will come like a flood (NIV)


The end thereof shall be with a flood. (King James)

Is the verses speaking about a flood of water ? or a flood of people ? or what ?

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    You're at the point in Daniel of Pseudo-prophecy, and history, then it goes into pseudo-history and prophecy. I find Daniel to be a very fascinating book. I'll try to comment on this, this weekend.
    – seedy3
    Nov 30, 2015 at 22:25
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    The most reliable is to depend on the original Hebrew of the Bible. Or in the case of the 1st half of Daniel, Aramaic. Dec 2, 2015 at 12:25
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    @Bagpipes Why I like King James and don't care for NIV.
    – Tau
    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:52

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When compared to the NT, it appears the allusion to the flood is a reference to the suddenness and completeness of the judgment, like a thief in the night. So either wording probably represents the same thing equally well.

2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Mat 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Mat 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Mat 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. Luk 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Luk 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Luk 17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

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    Essentially...yes. בַשֶּׁ֔טֶף (flood/judgment) is different from another verse with the same context-Isa. 59:19, ** כַנָּהָר֙** (stream/river) ,"When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.""Nahar" is associated with river or stream(BDB)-which lends credence to the OP's concern, yet the meanings are the same. I don't know the etymologies, but both words could give the same meaning in context, though they are different words.
    – Tau
    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:45

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