Daniel’s Terrifying Vision of a Man
1 # [ch. 1:21]; See ch. 6:28 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, #See ch. 1:7 who was named Belteshazzar. And #[ch. 8:26] the word was true, and it was a great conflict.#10:1 Or and it was about a great conflict And #See ch. 1:17he understood the word and #See ch. 1:17had understanding of the vision.
2In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for #[ver. 13]three weeks. 3I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I #[Amos 6:6; Matt. 6:17] anoint myself at all, for #[See ver. 2 above]the full three weeks. 4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing #[ch. 12:5] on the bank of the great river (#Gen. 2:14that is, the Tigris) 5#[Josh. 5:13] I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, #Ezek. 9:2 a man clothed in linen, #[Rev. 1:13; 15:6] with a belt of fine #Jer. 10:9gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6His body was like #[Ezek. 1:16; 10:9] beryl, his face #Ezek. 1:14; Matt. 28:3 like the appearance of lightning, #Rev. 1:14 his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and #Rev. 1:15legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and #Rev. 1:15the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. 7#[Acts 9:7]And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. 8So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and #[ch. 7:28] no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed,#10:8 Hebrew My splendor was changed to ruin #ver. 16and I retained no strength. 9Then I heard the sound of his words, #ch. 8:18and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep #ch. 8:18with my face to the ground.
10And behold, #See Ezek. 2:9a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11And he said to me, “O Daniel, #ver. 19; ch. 9:23 man greatly loved, #See ch. 1:17 understand the words that I speak to you, and #Ezek. 2:1 stand upright, for #[Heb. 1:14]now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12Then he said to me, #ver. 19; [Judg. 6:23; Rev. 1:17] “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you #[ch. 9:3] set your heart to understand and #[ch. 9:3] humbled yourself before your God, #[Acts 10:4] your words have been heard, #[ch. 9:23]and I have come because of your words. 13#ver. 20 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me #[ver. 2, 3] twenty-one days, but #ver. 21; ch. 12:1; Jude 9; Rev. 12:7Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, 14#[See ver. 12 above] and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people #ch. 2:28 in the latter days. For #ch. 8:26; [Hab. 2:3]the vision is for days yet to come.”
15When he had spoken to me according to these words, #ver. 9; ch. 8:18 I turned my face toward the ground #Ps. 39:2, 9and was mute. 16And behold, #See ch. 8:15 one in the likeness of the children of man #Isa. 6:7 touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and #ver. 8I retain no strength. 17How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.”
18Again #[See ver. 16 above] one having the appearance of a man #[See ver. 16 above]touched me and strengthened me. 19And he said, #ver. 11; ch. 9:23 “O man greatly loved, #See ver. 12fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” 20Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the #ver. 13 prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of #ch. 8:21Greece will come. 21But I will tell you #ch. 12:1, 4; [Ex. 32:32] what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except #See ver. 13Michael, your prince.