Daniel 9:1 Index
"In the first year of Darius the Son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, Which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans,"
Research Material

"In the first year..."

  • A few months only elapsed between the vision of Daniel 8 and the events [recorded in Daniel 9]. The parting words of Gabriel had been the things seen concerning the two thousand three hundred days were true (Daniel 8:26). Daniel was unable to hear the explanation at this time; and while he went about the king's business, he thought often upon the vision. In the meantime he had been called from Shushan into Babylon, into the king's court, to interpret the strange writing on the wall (Daniel 5:27-28). The fate of the nation had been read, and the words scarcely died away before the slaughter of the Babylonians began. That same night Belshazzar was slain, and the king of the Medes was proclaimed monarch of the world (Daniel 5:30-31). By Darius, Daniel had been made chief president (Daniel 6:2), and occupied a position in Babylon next to Cyrus, the associate of Darius the king. (SNH 136-137)
  • The vision recorded in the preceding chapter was given in the third year of Belshazzar, 538 B.C. The events narrated in this chapter occurred in the first year of Darius. Since Belshazzar was the last ruler of Babylon and Darius the first ruler of Medo-Persia, probably less than one year elapsed between the events of these two chapters. (US 193)

"...Darius the Son of Ahasuerus..." (Daniel 6)

  • It is seldom that the prime minister of a conquered kingdom is appointed as a high official by the conqueror, but such was the case with Daniel. Because of his abilities and integrity, the Persians did not execute him, but established him in high office. (4BC 848)