Daniel 10:2 Index
"In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks."
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"...I Daniel was mourning three full weeks-..."

  • Daniel's fasting and mourning were because of the events affecting the Jewish people. At that time, opposition by the Samaritans against the Jews going back to Jerusalem was foremost on Daniel's mind. Zerubbabel had just returned from Jerusalem and given a report of the progress. There was a serious threat that Cyrus' decree for the children of Israel to return to Jerusalem and rebuild, might not be carried to completion because of the false reports sent by the Samaritans. For three weeks the angel Gabriel had grappled with the powers of darkness; trying to nullify the work of darkness on the mind of the Prince of Persia. Through this great conflict the victory was gained and the forces of evil were restrained during Cyrus' and his son, Cambyses', lifetimes. (KC 118)
  • Daniel's period of mourning seems to have been contemporary with the serious threat that Cyrus's decree might not be carried to completion after all because of the false reports sent by the Samaritans to the court of Persia in an attempt to stop the building operations. The significant fact that during these three weeks the angel was struggling to influence Cyrus (Daniel 10:12 and Daniel 10:13) indicates that a vital decision of the king was at stake. While praying for further light on subjects not yet fully explained in earlier visions, the prophet doubtless engaged in another period of intensive intercession (Daniel 9:3-19) that the work of the adversary might be checked and that God's promises of restoration might be fulfilled to His chosen people. (4BC 857-858)
  • Daniel could not understand the situation. The spiritual condition of his own people weighed heavily upon him. He thought upon the previous vision (Daniel 9:23), and wondered if it could be that his people - the Jews - would cling to the sins of Babylon until they were overtaken by the persecutions described as belonging to the latter days. He could not understand the times, although the words spoken by Gabriel seemed clear of comprehension. (SNH 177)
  • The marginal reading for "three full weeks" is "weeks of day," here used to distinguish the time spoken of from the weeks of years brought to view in Daniel 9. (US 225)
  • For what purpose did this aged servant of God thus humble himself and afflict his soul? - Evidently to understand more fully the divine purpose concerning events that were to befall the church of God. The divine messenger sent to instruct him says, "From the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand." (Daniel 10:12). There was still something, then, which Daniel did not understand. What was it? Undoubtedly it was some part of his preceding vision, that of Daniel 9, and through that of the vision of Daniel 8, of which Daniel 9 was but a further explanation. As the result of his supplication, he now receives more minute information respecting the events included in the great outlines of his former visions. (US 225)