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manders : Seleucus shall have Babylon ; Cassander, Macedonia ; Antigonus, Asia; and Ptolemy, Egypt; but these kings shall not be able to carry that sway and greatness in this subdivision of their state, which that great monarch bore before them, for his kingdom shall be plucked up, and parcelled out to others beside them of his own loins.
XI. 5 And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion. Now I shall tell thee what shall befal, after this division, in the intercourse of the affairs betwixt two of the je great sharers of the inonarchy: the king of Egypt, who is the king of the south, shall be strong and mighty; and one other of the posterity of one of those princes, even of Seleucus Nicanor, shall be stronger than he, &c.
XI. 6 And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement : but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm : but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times. And, after some years, these two princes, the one being the king of Egypt or of the South, the other the king of Syria or of the North, shall join in a league together; for the king of Egypt's daughter, viz. Berenice the daughter of Ptolemy Philadelphus, shall match in marriage with Antiochus Theos the king of Syria but she shall not be able to maintain and continue, either her marriage, or the league betwixt those kings; neither shall the said Antiochus hold firm to his engagements, but the said Berenice shall be forsaken and given up by Antiochus, who shall receive again his former wife Laodice, lately cast off, to make way to that other wedlock with Berenice; and, afterwards, upon war hereupon raised betwixt Ptolemy Euergetes the brother of Berenice and Antiochus king of Syria, she shall, together with her son and all her retinue, fall into the hands of Seleucus Callinicus the son of her rival Laodice, and by him be miserably slain.
XI. 7 But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into thefortress of the king of the north, &c. But out of the same stock whence she came, shall one stand up, in revenge of her death, even her brother Ptolemy Euergetes, which shall come with an army, and enter into the fortress of the king of Syria, &c.
XI. 9 So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land. So, when these things are thus dispatched in Syria, the king of Egypt shall come back, and return into his own land.
XI. 10 But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through : then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress.
But the sons of Seleucus Callinicus, king of Syria, (which were Seleucus, Ceraunus, and Antiochus the Great,) not digesting this defeat and slaughter, shall raise a new war against the king of Egypt; and, gathering great forces together, shall come powerfully up to invade and recover those parts of Syria, whence they were driven; and one of them shall so far prevail by his strong incursions, that he shall pass through Syria and Judea, and, having rescued them, shall return to his own fortress.
XI. 11 And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north : and he shall set forth a great multitude ; but the mui. titude shall be given into his hand. And the king of Egypt, Ptolemy Philopater, being herewith exceedingly moved to rage and desire of revenge, shall come forth the third time, and fight with the king of Syria, viz. Antiochus the Great, and shall bring a great and mighty army against him ; the issue whereof shall be, that the forces of Antiochus shall be delivered into the hands of Philopater the king of Egypt, and Syria, by this means, again recovered from him.
XI. 12 And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands : but he shall not be strengthened by it. And when he hath had this great victory, the heart of the king of Egypt shall be lifted up with pride; and he shall fall to a cruel persecution of God's people, whereof he shall slay many thousands : but all this weakening of his pretended enemies, shall be no strengthening of his power.
XI. 13 For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come after certain years with a great army and with much riches. For the king of Syria, Antiochus the Great, shall yet again come upon the Egyptian, with greater forces than the former; and shall set
upon him more strongly and fiercely than before. XI. 14 And in those times there shall many stand up against the king of the south : also the robbers of thy people shall exalt themselves to establish the vision ; but they shall fall. And in those days many of the neighbour nations shall take part against the king of Egypt : also many of thy people shall turn apostates, following Onias; and, to fulfil that prophecy of Isaiah (That the altar of the Lord shall be in Egypt,) shall build a temple at Heliopolis; but they shall fail of their hopes, and utterly miscarry.
XI. 15 So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities : and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand. So Antiochus the Great, king of Syria, shall come, and besiege the strongest cities and forts of Egypt, and shall take them; and the forces of Egypt shall not be able to stand against him.
XI. 16 But he that cometh against him shall do according to his
own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in
XI. 17 He shall also set his face to enter with the strength of his
XI. 18 After this shall he turn his face unto the isles, and shall take many : but a prince for his own behalf shall cause the reproach offered by him to cease ; without his own reproach, he shall cause it to turn upon him. After this shall Antiochus, king of Syria, set upon more remote nations, and shall take many of them: but the Roman Governor shall soon repress him, and take away the reproach cast upon that state by those his victories ; and shall return the reproach of a foil upon him, in forcing him to dishonourable conditions, of disclaiming any right in or challenge to Europe, for ever after.
XI. 19 Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land : but he shall stumble and fall. Then shall he be glad to retire himself to his own forts in Syria : but even there, he shall miserably miscarry ; for, while he shall go about a sacrilegious pillage of his idol temple by night, the inhabitants shall fall, in great indignation, upon him and his soldiers, and kill them in the place.
XI. 20 Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom : but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. After him, there shall succeed, in his room, a son of his, Seleucus Philopater, or Soter ; who shall be a great exactor upon his subjects, and a spoiler of the sacred treasures of the temple: but, within a few days after this sacrilegious practice, he shall be destroyed by poison, in the hand of Heliodorus, by the subornation of his brother Antiochus Epiphanes, affecting the kingdom after bim.
XI. 21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom : but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. And, in his place, shall thereupon succeed a vile and notoriously
wicked and infamous person, even Antiochus Epiphanes; to whom, the States of that Kingdom shall not willingly yield the regiment thereof: but he shall, by treachery and secret circumvention, work himself into the throne, so as he shall come in, without any public opposition ; and shall, by fraud and pattery, possess himself thereof.
XI. 22 And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken ; yea, also the prince of the covenant. But, when he is once settled in the throne, he shall, as it were with a strong deluge, bear over and kill those, that stood against him ; yea, even his brother Seleucus, (or, rather Ptolemy Philometor,) who joined in the league with him, shall be spoiled by him.
XI. 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. And, after the league made thus with Philometor, he sball work deceitfully: for he shall, upon fair pretences of friendship to his nephew, come into Egypt with a very small troop; but such picked and able men, as by whose hands he shall do great matters.
XI. 24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers ; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches : yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time. He shall, upon these pretences, enter peaceably upon those territories of Syria, which were under the command of the Egyptian; and shall set garrison soldiers in the chief forts, which his fathers never did before him; and he shall corrupt the soldiers with bribes, to make them his; and shall lay plots for the taking of the strongest holds of Syria, when he shall find the time fit for his purposes.
XI. 25 And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army ; but he shall not stand : for they shall forecast devices against him. And he shall raise great forces against the king of Egypt, his nephew, the son of bis sister Cleopatra, namely Ptolemy Philometor; and shall set upon him with a great army: and the king of Egypt shall raise a powerful army to meet him; but shall not be able to stand before him, for his nobles shall devise treacherous counsels against him, to betray him.
XI. 26 Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow : and many shall fall down slain. Yea, his very courtiers and professed servants shall be the means of his destruction; and the army of Antiochus shall defeat that of Philometor, and many of them shall be slain.
XI. 27 And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table ; but it shall not prosper : for yet the end shall be at the time appointed. And, when Antiochus shall have overrun a great part of Egypt, and this war shall seem to have an end, and a colourable reconciliation shall be treated; both these kings' hearts, viz. of Syria and Egypt, shall be secretly set to do mischief to each other : and they shall make false professions of friendship, at one table; but their designs shall not prosper, for the time appointed for the issue thereof is not yet come,
XI. 28 Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant ; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land. Then shall Antiochus return into his land of Syria, with great riches, the spoils of Egypt; and his heart shall be set to oppose the ordinances and true religion of God, professed by his people; which when he hath bloodily persecuted, he shall return into his own land.
XI. 29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. At the time appointed by God, which is two years after the peace made, when Philometor, being fallen off from him, shall have made means to procure the aid of the Roman forces, shall Antiochus return, and come towards Egypt; but it shall not be with that
prosperous success that he had formerly, and shall once more have afterwards.
XI. 30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him : therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. For the Roman sea-forces, which lie in the Mediterranean Sea, shall come against him, and drive him back: therefore he shall return with sorrow enough, and shall be full of indignation against the holy religion of the Jews: he shall even return; and shall hold intelligence with Jason and Menelaus, and other apostates from the true religion, to do further mischief to the Church of God.
XI. 31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and they shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And the Roman governors shall aid him in this horrible profanation of God's temple and worship, and both he and they shall take away that daily sacrifice, which God hath appointed ; and they shall place abominable idols in God's temple, and shall fill the holy place with pagan soldiers, whose work is nothing but ruin and desolation.
XI. 34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help : but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. Now when they fall from their faith and religion, they shall have but small belps to raise them up and recover them : yet the ex