Daniel 11:12 ESV
12 And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail.
Daniel 11:12 NIV
12 When the army is carried off, the king of the South will be filled with pride and will slaughter many thousands, yet he will not remain triumphant.
When you look at the verse above, note that in the NIV the heart is not mentioned, but it is certainly implied. After all when the king of the South is filled with pride it is his heart that is filled with pride. In the ESV we read about the king of the South his heart shall be exalted.
Most look upon his heart shall be exalted where the king’s courage and pride increased as he perceived the mightiness of his troops. However we need to remember chapters 10, 11, and 12 consist of Daniel’s final vision. These three chapters describe a series of conflicts between the unnamed (then) king of the North and king of the South. As the events unfolded in the future names were indeed applied. I would suggest the verse by verse Benson Commentary to find out the actual names and events that did occur as Daniel prophesied. We will go there tomorrow to look at the next verses containing references to the heart.
So we are reading in verse twelve the effect of Ptolemy victory over Antiochus where Antiocus’ army lost over 10,000 foot soldiers, 300 horses, and over 4,000 were taken prisoner. Ptolemy losses were only 1,500 foot soldiers and 700 horses. Antiochus retreated to Antioch and sued for peace. With such a victory it is not wonder Ptolemy became filled with pride and arrogance. So great was his arrogance, he killed his wife who was also his sister (he had earlier murdered his mother, father, and brother) to give up his remaining days to all forms of lewdness and wickedness. So great was involvement in all sorts of inequity his own subjects rebelled against him. (reference Benson Commentary)
So once again we are made aware of the dangers involved with letting pride and arrogance drive our hearts, leading us into rebellion, rebellion that grows greater and greater until we cannot see a path to return to a relationship with God. When our heart are so hardened that is when God gives us up to our sin life.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1
Paul, who considered himself the worst of sinners wrote the above, but also wrote the following
13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:13-15
Quite a contrast until we recall we have a choice to choose God until our final breath or until we make clear to Him we will not choose Him. It’s Monday, have a Great Week and choose Him.