Daniel 10:1-3

Daniel's Terrifying Vision of a Man

1 1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, 2who was named Belteshazzar. And 3the word was true, and it was a great conflict.[a] And 4he understood the word and 5had understanding of the vision.
2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for 6three weeks.
3 I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I 7anoint myself at all, for 8the full three weeks.

Daniel 10:1-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO DANIEL 10

This chapter is an introduction to the prophecies contained in the two following chapters; and begins with an account of Daniel's mourning and fasting, preparatory to the vision he had, Da 10:1-3, and of the appearance of Christ to him, with the time and place of it; who is described by his clothing, and the several parts of his body, which were very glorious, he appearing in a human form, Da 10:4-6, then follows an account of the effects it had upon him, Da 10:7-9, and of what encouragement and strength he received from him, by words and touches, to listen to what he said; and to expect a discovery and an understanding of things of moment and importance, which should be in future times, Da 10:10-21.

Daniel 10:1-3 In-Context

1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.
2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.
3 I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.
4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris)
5 I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist.
6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.
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.

Cross References 8

  • 1. [Daniel 1:21]; See Daniel 6:28
  • 2. See Daniel 1:7
  • 3. [Daniel 8:26]
  • 4. See Daniel 1:17
  • 5. See Daniel 1:17
  • 6. [ver. 13]
  • 7. [Amos 6:6; Matthew 6:17]
  • 8. [See ver. 2 above]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or and it was about a great conflict