Daniel 10

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This chapter and the two next make one entire vision and prophecy, given Daniel about two years after the former. This chapter is introductory: the next has the prophecy itself, and the twelfth chapter, the conclusion of it. In this we have Daniel's solemn humiliation, ver. 1-3. A glorious appearance of the Son of God, ver. 4-9. The encouragement given him to expect a full discovery of future events, ver. 10-25.

Verse 2.   Was mourning - Because he foresaw the many calamities that would befall the Jews for their sins, especially for destroying the Messiah, and rejecting his gospel.

Verse 4.   The first month - Nisan, which is March. Hiddekel - Or Tigris.

Verse 5.   A certain man - Very probably Christ, who appeared to Daniel in royal and priestly robes, and in so great brightness and majesty.

Verse 12.   He - Not Christ, but Gabriel.

Verse 13.   Withstood me - God suffered the wicked counsels of Cambyses to take place awhile; but Daniel by his prayers, and the angel by his power, overcame him at last: and this very thing laid a foundation of the ruin of the Persian monarchies. Michael - Michael here is commonly supposed to mean Christ. I remained - To counter-work their designs against the people of God.

Verse 15.   I set my face - I prostrated myself upon the earth. And I became dumb - Thro' astonishment.

Verse 16.   One like the sons of men - This likewise seems to have been Gabriel. I have retained no strength - Tho' he appeared to him, and spake to him as a man, yet Daniel could not bear his presence, without some dread.

Verse 20.   To fight - To oppose his mischievous designs.

Verse 21.   Michael - Christ alone is the protector of his church, when all the princes of the earth desert or oppose it.

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