Daniel 10:3 Index
"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."
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"...no pleasant bread..."

  • That is, delicacies. During Daniel's period of fasting, he took but the simplest of food, sufficient only to maintain his strength. (4BC 858)
  • Two years after the decree of Cyrus, Daniel determined to humble his heart before God by prayer and fasting until he should understand the matter. He did not practice total abstinence from food, for this fast was not the fast of a day. But he withdrew from the king's table and partook of the plainest kinds of food, spending much time in prayer and study. It was his purpose to have his appetite so in subjection that physical wants would not crowd out his desire for spiritual insight. The spiritual life of man too often partakes of the earthly mold of his body by over-indulgence of appetite. The soul should control the body, and not be burdened by the body. (I Corinthians 9:26, 27). This condition Daniel sought to attain. (II Corinthians 4:16). (SNH 177-178)
  • This mourning of the prophet is supposed to have been accompanied with fasting, not an absolute abstinence from food, but a use of only the plainest and most simple articles of diet. He ate no pleasant bread, no delicacies or dainties; he used no flesh or wind; and he did not anoint his head, which was to the Jews an outward sign of fasting. How long he would have continued this fast had he not received the answer to his prayer, we do not know, but his course in continuing it for three full weeks shows that he was not a person to cease his supplications till his petition was granted. (US 225-226)

"...neither did I anoint myself..."

  • The use of oils for soothing the skin was in great popularity among ancient peoples, especially among those who lived in countries where the climate was very not and dry. During his period of fasting and prayer the prophet saw fit to forgo this personal luxury. (4BC 858)