Daniel 12:2-3

2 And many of those who 1sleep in 2the dust of the earth shall 3awake, 4some to everlasting life, and 5some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 6And those who are wise 7shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;[a] and 8those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Daniel 12:2-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO DANIEL 12

This chapter begins with an account of a time of exceeding great trouble to the people of God, who are comforted with the consideration of Michael the great Prince being on their side, and with a promise of deliverance, with the resurrection of the dead, and the glorious state of wise and good men upon that, Da 12:1-3, and Daniel is ordered to shut up and seal the book of the prophecy, until a time when it should be better understood, Da 12:4, next follows a question put by an angel to Christ, and his answer to it, with respect to the time of the fulfilment of those wonderful events, Da 12:5-7. Daniel, not understanding what he heard, asks what would be the end of those things, Da 12:8 in answer to which he is bid to be content with what he knew; no alteration would be among men; things would be neither better nor worse with them, Da 12:9,10, a time is fixed for the accomplishment of all, Da 12:11,12, and it is promised him that he should have rest after death, and rise again, and have his lot and share with the blessed, Da 12:13.

Daniel 12:2-3 In-Context

1 "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."
5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream.
6 And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,"How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?"

Cross References 8

  • 1. [Psalms 17:15; John 11:11]
  • 2. [Isaiah 26:19]; See Ezekiel 37:1-10
  • 3. [Isaiah 26:19]; See Ezekiel 37:1-10
  • 4. Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:12, 13
  • 5. Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:12, 13
  • 6. Daniel 11:33
  • 7. Matthew 13:43
  • 8. [Malachi 2:6]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6-8