November 4, 2014 by Chris French
6 After some years they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported[a] her in those times.
Ptolmey I dies and is replaced by his son Ptolmey II, I know real original, right? Anyhow to confirm the peace between Ptolmey II (the king of the south) and Seleucus’ heir Antiochus II (the king of the north) Ptolmey gives Antiochus II his daughter Bernice to marry. The problem is that Antiochus II is already married to a very nice lady named Laodice and has two kids (I affectionately refer to them as Seleucus II and Son # 2). To marry Bernice and confirm the peace between the two countries Antiochus has to divorce Laodice and disinherit his two sons, which he does, but two years later he remarries Laodice. Soon after her arrival back in the palace she poisons Antiochus II and has her son, Seleucus II, kill Bernice and her small baby heir to the throne, thus “she did not retain the strength of her arm”. Of course, back home in Egypt Bernice’s family isn’t happy with this, but her father Ptolmey II has died. Her brother Ptolmey III, (really guys? Get a new name!) is now king so when he gets word of Bernice’s murder he invades Syria and tears it up. Ptolmey III is the “branch from her roots” in Daniel 11.7.
7 “And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. 8 He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north. 9 Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land.
When Ptolmey “deals” with Syria (the fortress of the king of the north) he takes away a lot of their goodies, like 40,000 talents in silver and 2,500 idols. Now these idols are interesting because they weren’t native to Syria. They’re Egyptian idols stolen by Cambyses when he took Egypt in 524 thus fulfilling the “carrying off to Egypt their gods”.
A couple of years after Ptolmey avenges Bernice’s death Seleucus II tries to invade Egypt (the king of the south), but is forced to withdraw very quickly.