Daniel 7:15

15 As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified 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 As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.
14 To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.
15 As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me.
16 I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter:
17 "As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Aram [troubled in its sheath]
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