Daniel 10:16 Index
"And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength."
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"...like the similitude of the sons of men..."

  • Gabriel veiled his brightness and appeared in human form (SL 52). (4BC 861)

"...the vision my sorrows are turned upon me..."

  • In view of the fact that the term "vision" in both Daniel 10:1 and in Daniel 10:14 seem to apply to the revelation in Daniel 10:10-12, and also because Daniel's statement here in Daniel 10:16 is a logical continuation of his reaction (Daniel 10:15) to the angel's declaration concerning "the vision" (Daniel 10:14), it seems reasonable to conclude that the prophet is here speaking of the vision of divine glory he was witnessing. (4BC 861)
  • One of the most marked characteristics manifested by Daniel was the tender solicitude he felt for his people. Having come now clearly to comprehend that the vision portended long ages of oppression and suffering for the church, he was so affected by the view that his strength departed from him, his breath ceased, and the power of speech was gone. The vision of Daniel 10:16 doubtless refers to the former vision of Daniel 8. (US 230)

"...I have retained no strength."

  • God has had many prophets. The effect of the Spirit upon a human being when in vision is unexplainable. There is overpowering presence which so pervades the physical being that it has no strength to act of itself. The breath leaves the body, and the voice of God speaks through the human instrument. The eyes remain open, as Balaam described his condition, but the person sees things outside the world. (Numbers 14:15 - 16). He is often taken far beyond the bounds of earth, as in the case of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:1), John (Revelation 4:1), and Paul (II Corinthians 12:4). Earth's attraction is broken, and with an angel guide the prophet visits other places, or beholds the future, reading there the history of men and nations. When the living coal from the altar is laid upon those lips, they speak words of heavenly wisdom. Isaiah had this experience. (SNH 181-182)