Daniel 11:8 Index
"And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north."
Research Material


  • The sole occurrence (until Daniel 11:42) of the actual name of the country of "the king of the south" (Daniel 11:5) establishes beyond doubt the identity of that land. (4BC 867)

"...carry captives into Egypt their gods..."

  • The Decree of Canopus (239/238 B.C.) states in praise of Ptolemy III: "'And the sacred images carried off from the land by the Persians, the king having made a foreign campaign, recovered into Egypt, and restored to the temples from which each of them had been carried away'" (translation in J. P. Mahaffy, A History of Egypt Under the Ptolemaic Dynasty [New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899], p. 113). Jerome (Commentarionrum in Danielem Liber, ch. XI, in J. P. Migne, Patrologia Latine, vol. 25, col. 561) states that Ptolemy III brought back immense booty to Egypt. (4BC 867)
  • But hearing that a sedition was raised in Egypt requiring his return home, he plundered the kingdom of Seleucus by taking forty thousand talents of silver and previous vessels and two thousand five hundred images of the gods. Among these were the images which Cambyses had formerly taken from Egypt and carried into Persia. The Egyptians, being wholly given to idolatry, bestowed upon Ptolemy the title Euergetes, or the Benefactor, as a compliment for restoring their captive gods after many years. (US 238)

"...and he shall continue more years than the king of the north."

  • Ptolemy III (king of the south) died in 221 B.C., two years after Seleucus III (king of the north) in 223 B.C. (4BC 867)