Daniel 11:23
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New International Version
After coming to an agreement with him, he will act deceitfully, and with only a few people he will rise to power.

New Living Translation
With deceitful promises, he will make various alliances. He will become strong despite having only a handful of followers.

English Standard Version
And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people.

New American Standard Bible
"After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people.

King James Bible
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After an alliance is made with him, he will act deceitfully. He will rise to power with a small nation.

International Standard Version
From the time that an alliance is made with him, he'll act deceitfully, and he will go up and take power with only a small group of nations.

NET Bible
After entering into an alliance with him, he will behave treacherously; he will ascend to power with only a small force.

New Heart English Bible
And after an alliance is made with him he shall work deceitfully; for he shall become strong with a small force.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After an alliance has been made with him, he will act deceitfully and rise to power with only a few people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully; and he shall come up and become strong, with a little nation.

New American Standard 1977
“And after an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And after the union made with him he shall work deceit and shall rise and shall overcome with few people.

King James 2000 Bible
And after the league is made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small number of people.

American King James Version
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

American Standard Version
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully; for he shall come up, and shall become strong, with a small people.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after friendships, he will deal deceitfully with him: and he shall go up, and shall overcome with a small people.

Darby Bible Translation
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully, and he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

English Revised Version
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong, with a small people.

Webster's Bible Translation
And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

World English Bible
After the treaty made with him he shall work deceitfully; for he shall come up, and shall become strong, with a small people.

Young's Literal Translation
And after they join themselves unto him, he worketh deceit, and hath increased, and hath been strong by a few of the nation.
Study Bible
Kings of the South and the North
22"The overflowing forces will be flooded away before him and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant. 23"After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people. 24"In a time of tranquility he will enter the richest parts of the realm, and he will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his ancestors; he will distribute plunder, booty and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time.…
Cross References
Daniel 11:22
"The overflowing forces will be flooded away before him and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant.

Daniel 11:24
"In a time of tranquility he will enter the richest parts of the realm, and he will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his ancestors; he will distribute plunder, booty and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time.
Treasury of Scripture

And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

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Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his …

Genesis 34:13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, …

Psalm 52:2 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Proverbs 11:18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness …

Ezekiel 17:13-19 And has taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

(23) He shall work.--Apparently this verse explains more fully the means by which the king succeeds in maintaining his influence. He has already destroyed those who are at peace with him. From the time that he first becomes their confederate, he works deceitfully, coming up with hostile intent, accompanied only by a few people, and in this way throwing off their guard those whom he would destroy.

Verse 23. - And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people. The rendering of the LXX. is, "And with the covenant and a people set in array he shall fabricate a lie, even against a strong nation with (ἐν) a small people." The rendering of Theodotion is somewhat difficult to comprehend, "By reason of leagues against him, he shall make a device, and shall ascend and master them with few people." The Peshitta is very like Theodotion, only the last clause of this verse is regarded as the first of the next. The Vulgate is closer to the Massoretic than are any of the other ancient versions, "And after friendships with him, he shall work fraud, and shall go up and conquer with a small number." The reference here is to the obscure events which attended the contest - if there was a con-test - that resulted in Epiphanes securing the throne. The alliance may refer to his league with Eumenes. Appian assigns as a reason for the help given to Epiphanes by Eumenes, that it was to gain his friendship. Only Appian mentions "Attains and Eumenes," as if they were separate sovereigns; but Attains was brother of Eumenes, and, at the time of the arrival of Epiphanes, his brother's envoy at Rome. There may be some foundation of fact, and this would explain the statement in the text. The hopes of Eumenes, if he wished to strengthen himself by an alliance with Epiphanes, were probably soon frustrated, as Epiphanes involved himself in conflict with Egypt. And after the league made with him,.... The prince of the covenant; either Demetrius his nephew, or Ptolemy Philometor king of Egypt, with whom a league was made in the lifetime of Cleopatra, the sister of Antiochus, and mother of Ptolemy:

he shall work deceitfully; either with the princes and people of Syria, by good words and fair speeches, and by gifts and presents, to get the kingdom for himself, though he had covenanted with his nephew to hold it for him, and resign it to him at his return; and with the Romans, and among his friends in the senate, he artfully worked to detain him at Rome: or else with the king of Egypt, pretending great friendship to him, and to take the care and tuition of him during his minority; and at his coronation he sent one Apollonius to be present at it, and to congratulate him upon it; in the Apocrypha:

"Now when Apollonius the son of Menestheus was sent into Egypt for the coronation of king Ptolemeus Philometor, Antiochus, understanding him not to be well affected to his affairs, provided for his own safety: whereupon he came to Joppa, and from thence to Jerusalem:'' (2 Maccabees 4:21)

for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people; either he went into the heart of Syria with a small number of men at first, and gathered together a large army; or into Phoenicia with a handful of men, where he ingratiated himself into the affections of the people by words and gifts, and became strong; or he went up into Egypt accompanied only with a few, lest, the Egyptians should be suspicious of him; but these it is said were valiant men, whom he placed in the forts of Egypt, and so became master of it, which is an instance of his deceitful working; and Sutorius, an ancient historian, as quoted by Jerom, says that he subdued Egypt to himself with a very small number of people. 23. Tregelles notes three divisions in the history of the "vile person," which is continued to the end of the chapter: (1) His rise (Da 11:21, 22). (2) The time from his making the covenant to the taking away of the daily sacrifice and setting up of the abomination of desolation (Da 11:23-31). (3) His career of blasphemy, to his destruction (Da 11:32-45); the latter two periods answering to the "week" of years of his "covenant with many" (namely, in Israel) (Da 9:27), and the last being the closing half week of the ninth chapter. But the context so accurately agrees with the relations of Antiochus to Ptolemy that the primary reference seems to be to the "league" between them. Antitypically, Antichrist's relations towards Israel are probably delineated. Compare Da 8:11, 25, with Da 11:22 here, "prince of the covenant."

work deceitfully—Feigning friendship to young Ptolemy, as if he wished to order his kingdom for him, he took possession of Memphis and all Egypt ("the fattest places," Da 11:34) as far as Alexandria.

with a small people—At first, to throw off suspicion, his forces were small.11:1-30 The angel shows Daniel the succession of the Persian and Grecian empires. The kings of Egypt and Syria are noticed: Judea was between their dominions, and affected by their contests. From ver. 5-30, is generally considered to relate to the events which came to pass during the continuance of these governments; and from ver. 21, to relate to Antiochus Epiphanes, who was a cruel and violent persecutor of the Jews. See what decaying, perishing things worldly pomp and possessions are, and the power by which they are gotten. God, in his providence, sets up one, and pulls down another, as he pleases. This world is full of wars and fightings, which come from men's lusts. All changes and revolutions of states and kingdoms, and every event, are plainly and perfectly foreseen by God. No word of God shall fall to the ground; but what he has designed, what he has declared, shall infallibly come to pass. While the potsherds of the earth strive with each other, they prevail and are prevailed against, deceive and are deceived; but those who know God will trust in him, and he will enable them to stand their ground, bear their cross, and maintain their conflict.
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