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Daniel 10:1-21

10  In the third year of Cyrus*+ the king of Persia there was a matter revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Bel·te·shaz′zar;+ and the matter was true,* and there was a great military service.+ And he understood the matter, and he had understanding in the thing seen.+  In those days I myself, Daniel, happened to be mourning+ for three full weeks.*  Dainty bread I did not eat, and no flesh or wine entered into my mouth, and in no way did I grease myself until the completing of the three full weeks.+  And on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I myself happened to be on the bank of the great river, that is, Hid′de·kel,*+  I also proceeded to raise my eyes and see, and here was a certain man* clothed in linen,+ with his hips+ girded with gold* of U′phaz.*+  And his body was like chrys′o·lite,+ and his face like the appearance of lightning,+ and his eyes like fiery torches,+ and his arms and the place of his feet were like the sight of burnished copper,+ and the sound of his words was like the sound of a crowd.  And I saw, I Daniel by myself, the appearance; but as for the men* that happened to be with me, they did not see the appearance.+ However, there was a great trembling that fell upon them, so that they went running away in hiding themselves.  And I—I was left remaining by myself, so that I saw this great appearance. And there was left remaining in me no power, and my own dignity became changed upon me to ruination, and I retained no power.+  And I began hearing the sound of his words; and while I was hearing the sound of his words, I myself also happened to be fast asleep+ upon my face, with my face to the earth.+ 10  And, look! there was a hand that touched me,+ and it gradually stirred me up to [get] upon my knees and the palms of my hands. 11  And he proceeded to say to me: “O Daniel, you very desirable man,*+ have understanding in the words that I am speaking to you,+ and stand up where you were standing, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he spoke with me this word, I did stand up, shivering. 12  And he went on to say to me: “Do not be afraid,+ O Daniel, for from the first day that you gave your heart to understanding+ and humbling yourself before your God*+ your words have been heard, and I myself have come because of your words.+ 13  But the prince*+ of the royal realm of Persia+ was standing in opposition+ to me for twenty-one days, and, look! Mi′cha·el,*+ one of the foremost* princes,+ came to help me; and I, for my part, remained* there beside the kings of Persia.+ 14  And I have come to cause you to discern what will befall your people+ in the final part of the days,+ because it is a vision+ yet for the days [to come].”+ 15  Now when he spoke with me words like these, I had set my face to the earth+ and had become speechless. 16  And, look! one similar to the likeness of the sons of mankind* was touching my lips,+ and I began to open my mouth and speak+ and say to the one who was standing in front of me: “O my lord,*+ because of the appearance my convulsions were turned within me, and I did not retain any power.+ 17  So how was the servant of this my lord able to speak with this my lord?+ And as for me, up to now there kept standing in me no power, and no breath at all was left remaining in me.”+ 18  And the one like the appearance of an earthling man* proceeded to touch me again and strengthen me.+ 19  Then he said: “Do not be afraid,+ O very desirable man.*+ May you have peace.+ Be strong, yes, be strong.”+ And as soon as he spoke with me I exerted my strength and finally said: “Let my lord speak,+ because you have strengthened me.”+ 20  So he went on to say: “Do you really know why I have come to you? And now I shall go back to fight with the prince* of Persia.+ When I am going forth, look! also the prince of Greece* is coming.+ 21  However, I shall tell you the things noted down in the writing of truth,+ and there is no one holding strongly with me in these [things] but Mi′cha·el,*+ the prince of YOU people.+


“Of Cyrus.” Heb., leKhoh′resh; Gr., Ky′rou; Lat., Cy′ri.
Lit., “and . . . truth.” Heb., we·ʼemeth′.
Lit., “three weeks of days.” Heb., shelo·shah′ sha·vu·ʽim′ ya·mim′.
“Hiddekel.” Heb., Chid·da′qel; LXXVg, “Tigris”; Sy, “Euphrates.”
Lit., “one man.” Heb., ʼish-ʼe·chadh′.
“With gold.” Heb., bekhe′them, an Egyptian loanword.
“Uphaz.” Heb., ʼU·phaz′; Lat., o·bri′zo, “refined.”
“But as for the men.” Heb., weha·ʼana·shim′, pl. of ʼish.
Lit., “man of desirable things.” Heb., ʼish-chamu·dhohth′.
“Your God.” Heb., ʼElo·hey′kha.
“But the prince of.” Heb., wesar′; LXXBagster(Gr.), ar′khon; Lat., prin′ceps.
“Michael,” M(Heb., Mi·kha·ʼel′)LXXSyVg; meaning “Who Is Like God?”
Or, “first.”
“I, for my part, remained,” MVg; LXX, “him I left.”
Or, “the sons of earthling men.” Heb., beneh′ ʼa·dham′.
“O my lord.” Heb., ʼadho·ni′; Lat., do′mi·ne mi.
Or, “a man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′; Gr., an·thro′pou; Lat., ho′mi·nis.
See vs 11 ftn.
“Prince of.” Heb., sar; LXXBagster(Gr.), ar′khon·tos; Lat., prin′ci·pem.
“Greece.” Heb., Ya·wan′, “Javan.” See 8:21 ftn.
See vs 13 ftn, “Michael.”