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Then he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall, and will be found no more. Bible

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

“toward the fortresses of his own land.” It is possible that this refers to Antiochus III the Great going back to his homeland for protection, but it could also be a reference to the fact that the money he needed to pay Rome was mostly in fortified cities and temples.

“and will be found no more.” After being humiliated by the Romans, and in desperate need of funds, Antiochus went back to his country and in 187 BC tried to pillage the Temple of Zeus (Bel) at Elymais, but he was killed by a mob that was apparently trying to defend their god (cp. John Goldingay, Word Biblical Commentary).


Commentary for: Daniel 11:19