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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Daniel 11:21-45

All this is a prophecy of the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes, the little horn spoken of before (Dan. 8:9) a sworn enemy to the Jewish religion, and a bitter persecutor of those that adhered to it. What troubles the Jews m 8000 et with in the reigns of the Persian kings were not so particularly foretold to Daniel as these, because then they had living prophets with them, Haggai and Zechariah, to encourage them; but these troubles in the days of Antiochus were foretold, because, before that time,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Daniel 11:34

Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help ,.... When the Jews shall be thus harassed and distressed by Antiochus and his armies, to the ruin of many, by the several sorts of punishments inflicted on them; they should be helped and eased a little by Mattathias, a priest of Modin, and his five sons, commonly called the Maccabees; Porphyry himself interprets this of Mattathias: the help and assistance which he and his sons gave to the Jews was but "little"; if we... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 11:34

Now when they shall fall - When the storm of the tenth persecution under Diocletian, which lasted ten years, fell upon them, they were sorely oppressed. They shall be holpen with a little help - By Constantine; who, while he removed all persecution, and promoted the temporal prosperity of the Christian Church, yet added little to its spiritual perfection and strength. For many, now seeing the Christians in prosperity: - Cleave to them with flatteries - Became Christians Because the... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 11:34

Verse 34 And when they shall fall, or shall have fallen, they shall be strengthened, or assisted, with a small help Without the slightest doubt, the angel here speaks of the Maccabees, by whose assistance the faithful were gathered together and completely separated from those apostates who had betrayed God’s temple and worship. He calls the help small, and truly it was so. For what could the Maccabees do to resist Antiochus? The powerful influence of this king is well known; and what was Judea... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 11:1-45


Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 11:21-45

The specious success of a bad monarch. There is mystery in the fact that, under the administration of a righteous God, bad men should be elevated to highest rank. Yet, evil though it is, it would probably be a greater evil to employ mere force to prevent it. It is evident that God rules among men by moral agencies. This is one circumstance among the "all things" that "work together for the good" of God's elect. I. BAD MEN ARE PERMITTED BY GOD TO CLIMB INTO IMPERIAL ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 11:34

Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. The Septuagint rendering is, "And when they are crushed many shall be gathered to them in ( ἐπί ) the city, even many as in distribution by lot ( κληροδοσία ) . " This phrase is rendered by Paulus Tellensis, see Arabic word, ( poolog pesa ), "the division of the lots;" wrongly rendered by Bugati, in hereditate. The reading here is due to dropping of the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Daniel 11:34

Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help - By small accessions to their forces. The armies of the Maccabees were never “very” numerous; but the idea here is, that when they should be persecuted, there would be accessions to their forces, so that they would be able to prosecute the war. At first the numbers were very few who took up arms, and undertook to defend the institutions of religion, but their numbers increased until they were finally victorious. Those who first... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Daniel 11:34

Daniel 11:34. Now when they shall fall When they shall lie quite overcome and oppressed with these great miseries; they shall be holpen with a little help This was fulfilled by Mattathias and his five sons, who, in the height of their misery, stood up with most wonderful zeal and courage, to oppose these cruelties of Antiochus by force of arms; and several times overthrew, with great slaughter, Antiochus’s parties who were employed in harassing Judea. But many shall cleave to them with... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Daniel 11:29-45

Antiochus attacks the Jews (11:29-45)Before he had a chance to launch his anti-Jewish campaign, Antiochus heard there was unrest in Egypt, so he returned south to put down the rebellion. But Egypt called in the help of a foreign navy and Antiochus was forced to flee back to Palestine. On his arrival in Jerusalem, he found that fighting had broken out between rival Jewish groups. One of these groups consisted of people who were loyal to their ancient religion, the other of people who were... read more

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