- This chapter is introductory to Daniel’s last vision. Consider the date (10; 1) and trace out from Ezra 1; 3; 4:4-5 what was happening at that time to the first contingent of those who returned from exile.
What light does this throw on the mourning of Daniel (verse 2) and on the purposes of the vision?
- What does this passage teach of the costliness of communion with God, and of true prayer?
- Read Eph. 6:10-13 in the light of this chapter; also 2 Kgs. 6:16-18; Ps. 34:7. In the presence of the mysterious spirit-world, what comfort can we draw from the New Testament revelation that our Lord is supreme there also? Cf. Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 1:16; 2:15.
- Verses 5, 6. It is not said who this being was. Some features of his appearance and person remind us of the visions of Ezekiel and John (Ezek. 1:13-16; Rev. 1:13-15).
- Verse 8. ‘No strength ‘: before God gives strength and power to his people he makes them aware of their own weakness.
- Verse 13. ‘Prince’: used here of guarding evil angels of the kingdoms.
- Verses 16, 18. The angelic figure described in these verses is probably the same as the original being of verse 5, but the next is not very clear.