Daniel 7:15

Daniel's Vision Interpreted

15 "As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me[a] was anxious, and 1the visions of my head alarmed me.

Daniel 7:15 Meaning and Commentary

Daniel 7:15

I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body,
&c.] Or "sheath" F1; the soul being in the body as a sword in its scabbard; where it was "cut" F2 and pierced, as the word signifies; and was wounded, distressed, and grieved at the vision seen; not at the sight of the Son of man, and the glorious and everlasting kingdom given to him; but of the four beasts, and especially the last, and more particularly the little horn, and the look, and words, and actions of that, as well as the awful scene of judgment presented to his view: and the visions of my head troubled me;
the things he saw, which appeared to his fancy as real things, gave him a great deal of uneasiness, and chiefly because he did not understand the meaning of them; it was not so much the things themselves, as ignorance of them, that cut him to the heart, and grieved and troubled him; for what is more so to an inquisitive mind, that has got a hint of something great and useful to be known, but cannot as yet come to the knowledge of it?


F1 (hndn wgb) "in medio vaginae", Montanus; "intra vaginam", Munster, Vatablus.
F2 (tyrkta) "transfixus est", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus; "succisus, [vel] excisus est", Munster.

Daniel 7:15 In-Context

13 "I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
15 "As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me.
16 I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truth concerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things.
17 'These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth.

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  • [a]. Aramaic within its sheath
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