Dan 11:1 "Also in the first year of Darius the Mede, I, even I, stood up to confirm and strengthen him.)
Divine commentary –
“So Daniel recalls his decision to also stand,
as Michael and the angel of The Lord did engage in battle:
with a prince of darkness together with his strongholds subject to his muster.”
Dan 11:2 "And now I will tell you the truth: Behold, three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth shall be far richer than them all; by his strength, through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece.
Dan 11:3 "Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
Dan 11:4 "And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these.
Dan 11:5 "Also the king of the South shall become strong, as well as one of his princes; and he shall gain power over him and have dominion. His dominion shall be a great dominion.
Dan 11:6 "And at the end of some years they shall join forces, for the daughter of the king of the South shall go to the king of the North to make an agreement; but she shall not retain the power of her authority, and neither he nor his authority shall stand; but she shall be given up, with those who brought her, and with him who begot her, and with him who strengthened her in those times.
Dan 11:7 "But from a branch of her roots one shall arise in his place, who shall come with an army, enter the fortress of the king of the North, and deal with them and prevail.
Dan 11:8 "And he shall also carry their gods captive to Egypt, with their princes and their precious articles of silver and gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the North.
Dan 11:9 "Also the king of the North shall come to the kingdom of the king of the South, but shall return to his own land.
Dan 11:10 "However his sons shall stir up strife, and assemble a multitude of great forces; and one shall certainly come and overwhelm and pass through; then he shall return to his fortress and stir up strife.
Dan 11:11 "And the king of the South shall be moved with rage, and go out and fight with him, with the king of the North, who shall muster a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into the hand of his enemy.
Dan 11:12 "When he has taken away the multitude, his heart will be lifted up; and he will cast down tens of thousands, but he will not prevail.
Dan 11:13 "For the king of the North will return and muster a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come at the end of some years with a great army and much equipment.
Dan 11:14 "Now in those times many shall rise up against the king of the South. Also, violent men of your people shall exalt themselves in fulfilment of the vision, but they shall fall.
Dan 11:15 "So the king of the North shall come and build a siege mound, and take a fortified city; and the forces of the South shall not withstand him. Even his choice troops shall have no strength to resist.
Dan 11:16 "But he who comes against him shall do according to his own will, and no one shall stand against him. He shall stand in the Glorious Land with destruction in his power.
Dan 11:17 "He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his whole kingdom, and upright ones with him; thus shall he do. And he shall give him the daughter of women to destroy it; but she shall not stand with him, or be for him.
Dan 11:18 "After this he shall turn his face to the coastlands, and shall take many. But a ruler shall bring the reproach against them to an end; and with the reproach removed, he shall turn back on him.
Dan 11:19 "Then he shall turn his face toward the fortress of his own land; but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found.
Dan 11:20 "There shall arise in his place one who imposes taxes on the glorious kingdom; but within a few days he shall be destroyed, but not in anger or in battle.
“These doings of man are on the stage of history,
These doings of man have left no lasting heritage except within My people –
of what they went through in their history,
of what they went through in their days of blessing,
of what they went through in their days of trial.”
Dan 11:21 "And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honour of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue.
“For as man schemed with intrigue,
so did the throne of a kingdom become the repository of greed,
the repository of usurped authority,
the repository of pride at the pinnacle of power.”
Dan 11:22 "With the force of a flood they shall be swept away from before him and be broken, and also the prince of the covenant.
“So were the opponents,
so were the counsellors,
so were the learned,
so were the lawyers of the day swept away from their high positions,
as they were stripped of their standings,
of their authority,
of their days of favour.
So also was the most high priest of the glorious land.”
Dan 11:23 "And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people.
“So the powers of darkness gather those within their domain,
their area of influence.
For the powers of darkness can only exert influence within a network of like-minded souls,
where there is a mass of upraised hands held out,
waiting to be lifted up,
to heights they seek in money,
to heights they desire in authority,
to heights bought at a very heavy price on time payment of a soul:
with variances which prevents the debt from ever being paid without the enlistment of My Holy Spirit.”
Dan 11:24 "He shall enter peaceably, even into the richest places of the province; and he shall do what his fathers have not done, nor his forefathers: he shall disperse among them the plunder, spoil, and riches; and he shall devise his plans against the strongholds, but only for a time.
Dan 11:25 "He shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the South with a great army. And the king of the South shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand, for they shall devise plans against him.
Dan 11:26 "Yes, those who eat of the portion of his delicacies shall destroy him; his army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain.
Dan 11:27 "Both these kings' hearts shall be bent on evil, and they shall speak lies at the same table; but it shall not prosper, for the end will still be at the appointed time.
Dan 11:28 "While returning to his land with great riches, his heart shall be moved against the holy covenant; so he shall do damage and return to his own land.
Dan 11:29 "At the appointed time he shall return and go toward the south; but it shall not be like the former or the latter.
Dan 11:30 "For ships from Cyprus shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage. So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant.
Dan 11:31 "And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.
Dan 11:32 "Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
Dan 11:33 "And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.
Dan 11:34 "Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but many shall join with them by intrigue.
Dan 11:35 "And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time.
Dan 11:36 "Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.
Dan 11:37 "He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.
Dan 11:38 "But in their place he shall honour a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honour with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things.
Dan 11:39 "Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.
Dan 11:40 "At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.
Dan 11:41 "He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon.
Dan 11:42 "He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
Dan 11:43 "He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.
Dan 11:44 "But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.
Dan 11:45 "And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.
* (11:6-6) Literally arm
* (11:8) Or moulded images
* (11:14) Or robbers, literally sons of breakage
* (11:15) Literally arms
* (11:16) Literally hand
* (11:17) Or bring equitable terms
* (11:22) Literally arms
* (11:30) Hebrew Kittim, western lands, especially Cyprus
* (11:31) Literally arms
* (11:37) Or gods