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Daniel 11:23

23 After coming to an agreement with him, he will act deceitfully, and with only a few people he will rise to power.

Read Daniel 11:23 Using Other Translations

And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people.
With deceitful promises, he will make various alliances. He will become strong despite having only a handful of followers.

What does Daniel 11:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Daniel 11:23

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.

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