Daniel 11:24 Index
"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."
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"He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places..."

  • Before the days of Rome, nations entered upon valuable provinces and rich territory by war and conquest. Rome was now to do what had not been done by the fathers or the fathers' fathers, namely , receive these acquisitions through peaceful means. The custom was now inaugurated of kings' leaving their kingdoms to the Romans by legacy. Rome came into possession of large provinces in this manner. (US 259)
  • Those who thus came under the dominion of Rome derived no small advantage. They were treated with kindness and leniency. It was like having the prey and spoil distributed among them. They were protected from their enemies, and they rested in peace and safety under the aegis of the Roman power. (US 259-260)

"...for a time."

  • [Better] "until a time." This expression points to a [point in] time when the devices of the [Rome Empire]... will be brought to an end. "Time" [as used] here... [is] not to be taken a specific [amount] of time, nor as a period of prophetic time, [it is just pointing to a point in "time" when and foretold event will happen]. The [Roman Empire] was to work until that God-ordained limit was reached (Daniel 11:27;Daniel 12:1). (4BC 871)
  • History records that [Rome] plundered [her] conquests [and] distributed generously [those spoils] among the nobility and army commanders, and that it was [a] common practice for the ordinary soldier to receive a grant of land in the conquered regions [when his military service was completed]. "For a time"... no "strong holds" were able to withstand the determined pressure of the invincible legions of Rome. (4BC 871)