Forces

Forces (spec. חִיַל cha'yil, strength, especially in a military point of view; hence, also, army, fortification, etc.), in one phrase, "forces of the Gentiles" (Isa 60:5,11), seems to be used in its widest sense (see Alexander, ad loc.) to denote (as the context implies) not only the subjugation of the heathen, but also the consecration of their wealth (Ge 34:29, where the Same Heb. word occurs). The אֵֹלהּ מָעֻזּים, or god of strongholds, of Da 11:38, is probably Mars, or rather Jupiter (Olympius or Capitolinus), whom Antiochus (q.v.) specially honored. SEE DANIEL.

Definition of force

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