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1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;

5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.

9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.

11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

15 And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.

16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.

17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.

18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,

19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.

20 Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.

21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Commentary for Daniel 10

Daniel's vision near the river Hiddekel. (1-9) He is to expect a discovery of future events. (10-21)1-9. This chapter relates the beginning of Daniel's last vision, which is continued to the end of the book. The time would be long before all would be accomplished; and much of it is not yet fulfilled. Christ appeared to Daniel in a glorious form, and it should engage us to think highly and honourably of him. Let us admire his condescension for us and our salvation. There remained no strength in Daniel. The greatest and best of men cannot bear the full discoveries of the Divine glory; for no man can see it, and live; but glorified saints see Christ as he is, and can bear the sight. How dreadful soever Christ may appear to those under convictions of sin, there is enough in his word to quiet their spirits.

10-21 Whenever we enter into communion with God, it becomes us to have a due sense of the infinite distance between us and the holy God. How shall we, that are dust and ashes, speak to the Lord of glory? Nothing is more likely, nothing more effectual to revive the drooping spirits of the saints, than to be assured of God's love to them. From the very first day we begin to look toward God in a way of duty, he is ready to meet us in the way of mercy. Thus ready is God to hear prayer. When the angel had told the prophet of the things to come, he was to return, and oppose the decrees of the Persian kings against the Jews. The angels are employed as God's ministering servants, #Heb 1:14|. Though much was done against the Jews by the kings of Persia, God permitting it, much more mischief would have been done if God had not prevented it. He would now more fully show what were God's purposes, of which the prophecies form an outline; and we are concerned to study what is written in these Scriptures of truth, for they belong to our everlasting peace. While Satan and his angels, and evil counsellors, excite princes to mischief against the church, we may rejoice that Christ our Prince, and all his mighty angels, act against our enemies; but we ought not to expect many to favour us in this evil world. Yet the whole counsel of God shall be established; and let each one pray, Lord Jesus, be our righteousness now, and thou wilt be our everlasting confidence, through life, in death, at the day of judgment, and for evermore.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Daniel 10

  • I, even I, am that Michael Isaac Dale:
    See the envy of the wicked? Ordained to this condemnation, it blasphemes the Name of Christ: EVEN the Holy Ghost. Yet, for this very thing it is written in the Holy Scriptures, as given by God the Father: If we believe not, YET he abides faithful: he cannot deny himself. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected: but received me as an Angel of God, EVEN as Christ Jesus.
  • Bill
    I'd like to make a correction to Vernon Cartwright's comment about Dan..10: 13, 21 stating that according to these scriptures, it is clear that Michael is Christ. Please take another look, Dan..10: 13 states, but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me Michael is the Arc Angel that assisted Christ in the struggle with the Prince of Persia Satan ! Christ is not Michael!
  • Anthony van Duyn
    Your argument is somewhat prevaricated upon the prince of Persia being Satan, which is not the best logic either. It is logical though to assume that the Christ had a form and a name prior to his existence here on Earth. Hence Michael literally means "One who is like God", for "he who has seen me has seen the Father". Jesus was most certainly the Most Important Arch Messenger Angel
  • Alvin adams jr
    Daniel meets Gab and Mike... Gods Personal messengers....He was at his wits end..What to do how to do what Jesus God want him to do fight to t he end... and He knew he had to....and that he knew that would pleasure the Lord God and more....He Daniel was thought of highly by God Jesus.....Daniel in 9 and 10 sound like Moses when he Met God on the Holy Mountain Moses went forth
  • Alvin adams jr
    reading 9 and10 Daniel new what he had to do .He prayed to the one he knew what was going to happen....but he had to know how to pray...to Jesus God to get his blessings to tell him what to do....although he was scared and when he met Gab... and Listen to him he knew......He knew what Jesus wanted.. the path was set... He learned how to pray to Jesus and wait for an answer..He listened
  • Merinda afanui sama
    Daniel 10 is very powerful. This scriptures comes to tell us that as children of God we must be determine to fight to the end and never give up. We never can tell that the king of persia (satan) is the reason why most children of God are still praying and still suffering. We need to pray violently and insistedly like Daniel and always invite Michael to help us defeat the king of persia in our live
  • Alvin adams jr
    Wow catholic...no longer i am following the words of jesus...i am now at a jewish temple..and when i drove up.... i new i was home..my whole life i new i was missed placed...yes....i feel the presence of jesus with me...i met god.. he touched my forhead..and jesus smiled and when i met his mother mary..she told me,,,,,,,god gave you a talent.. you need to go,, out and use it? healing it is..
  • Vernon cartwright
    There are several references in scriptures that tell who Michael is. Dan.10:13, 21, Dan. 12:1, Jude 9,(Christ), Rev. 12:7-9. It is clear that Michael is Christ.Michael is used when there is a confrontation. These verses indicated that there is a battle, when there was war in heaven. May God bless you in your search for understanding.
  • I AM THAT I AM
    Michael, even the Christ child, shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Michael, walking in the veil of his flesh this very day, shall be called JESUS:
  • Zia Thurston
    v. 21 Who is Michael?


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Where was Daniel when he saw the 'The Man' dressed in linen and gold?
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