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But from a shoot from her roots one will arise in his place. He will come against the army and will enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and will take action against them and will prevail. Bible

“But from a shoot from her roots one will arise.” The phrase, “from her roots,” means from the same family stock as she was from. After Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 BC) died, his son, Ptolemy III Euergetes (246-221 BC; “Euergetes” means “benefactor”) came to the throne in Egypt. He was the brother of Berenice, and he amassed a large army and attacked the Seleucid kingdom to avenge his sister’s murder. The war lasted from 246-221 BC, and Ptolemy had great success. He even successfully entered and looted the Seleucid capital city, Antioch. A monument erected to him claims he subjugated Mesopotamia, Persia, Susiana, Media, and all countries as far as Bactria (John Walvoord; Daniel, pp. 333-334). He also apparently put Laodice to death.

Ptolemy carried the Seleucid gods into Egypt as a sign of their total defeat. This was often done by victorious nations (see commentary on Dan. 11:8).


Commentary for: Daniel 11:7