Daniel 10:10 Index
"And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands."
Research Material

"...an hand touched me..." (Ezekiel 2:2; 3:24; Revelation 1:17)

  • The hand is evidently that of Gabriel. (PK 571-572) (4BC 858)
  • Then Gabriel, the angel who had so often talked with Daniel, touched him with his hand, and lifted his prostrate form. He said, "O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent." (Daniel 10:11). There was power in the touch of the angel's hand. There was power in the touch of the Saviour's hand. (Mark 1:31). When on earth, virtue, life, the healing power of God, constantly radiated from Him. (Luke 6:19). He could touch the leper, and a life-current flowed from Him to the diseased one. (Matthew 8:2, 3). (SNH 179-180)

"...which set me upon my knees..."

  • Literally, "to cause to tremble." Though Daniel was lifted from his position of complete collapse upon the ground, his strength was still not such that he could support himself without trembling. (4BC 858)
  • After Daniel had fallen at the majestic appearance of Christ, the angel Gabriel, obviously the speaker in Daniel 10:11-13, laid his hand upon him to give him assurance and confidence. He told Daniel that he was a man greatly beloved. Wonderful declaration! A member of the human family, one of the same race with us, loved, not merely in the general sense in which God loved the whole world when He gave His son to die for mankind, but loved as an individual, and that greatly! Well might the prophet receive confidence from such a declaration as that! He tells him, moreover, that he is come for the purpose of an interview with him, and he wishes him to bring his mind into a proper state to understand his words. Being thus assured, the holy and beloved prophet stood trembling, before the angel. (US 227)