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Then he will turn his face to the coastal regions and will capture many of them. But a commander will put a stop to his insolence. Indeed, he will cause his insolence to turn back upon him. Bible

“turn his face.” A Hebrew idiom, here meaning “turn his attention.”

“and will capture many of them.” After Antiochus III the Great was not able to move against the Ptolemaic kingdom (which included his daughter, the new queen), he turned his attention to the coastlands and islands around the Mediterranean Sea, especially Greek holdings in Asia Minor but eventually in Greece itself, and had good success.

“But a commander will put a stop to his insolence.” The aggression of Antiochus III aroused the ire of Rome, and Rome sent against him an army led by Lucius Cornelius Scipio (he was the brother of Publius Cornelius Scipio, called “Scipio Africanus” whose chariot army was portrayed in the movie “Gladiator,” which lost in the movie but won in real life). After a series of defeats, in 188 BC Antiochus was forced to sign a peace treaty with Rome the included his surrendering territory, troops, hostages (including his son), and paying a heavy tribute to Rome.


Commentary for: Daniel 11:18