Lastly, at all the feasts they are to observe the laws and statutes of Jehovah, that is to say, to perform all the priestly duties binding upon them at the feasts, and to sanctify the Sabbaths, not merely by offering the Sabbath sacrifices, but also by maintaining the Sabbath rest (cf. Daniel, yesterday, related what he had asked from the master to whose care he had been committed, he now inserts his sentence, to show this demand to be quite unobjectionable, since the prefect of the eunuchs treated him kindly. We see a like instance of God’s care over Joseph, (Genesis 39:21,) when he was a poor captive, a prisoner, and destitute of all friends to support or comfort him: see Psalms 106:46, where, as here, the favour of men toward God’s people is attributed to his overruling and gracious providence over them. Daniel purposed in his heart, making up his mind beforehand that he would not compromise. Daniel Chapter 6: Lunch with Lions. Daniel, to satisfy him that there would be no danger of any bad consequence, desires the … We must consider the minds and hearts of men to be so governed by God’s secret instinct, that he changes their affections just as he pleases. Daniel 1: 11 “So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 ‘Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 1-4 “Darius, son of Ahasuerus, born a Mede, became king over the land of Babylon. It follows —. We yesterday gave the reason; but the king of Babylon would immediately have been angry, had he known this. Daniel 9, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. Only beck, use the Lord inspired their hearts with new affections. Daniel models lifestyle evangelism and shows how effective it is in impacting people with the truth of the Gospel. For the proposal of Hitzig to take the words from אני נחלתם to the close of the verse as a parenthesis, and to regard 'המּנחה וגו in Ezekiel 44:29 as the subject to 'והיתה, is untenable, not only on account of the great harshness which such a parenthesis would involve, but principally because these portions of the sacrifices and heave-offerings which belonged to the priest were not a נחלה, and are never designated as נחלה, inheritance, i.e., property in land. A NIGHT OF DRUNKENNESS - 1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. A list of the best commentaries on Daniel ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. 9 Now God had granted Daniel favor and compassion from the chief official, 10 but he said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. 113-115, and Edward J. Daniel 9:1 "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;" Darius, the Mede, had been a friend of Daniel, and elevated him to high office in his kingdom. If then there was any connivance on the part of the prefect, this is the favor and pity of which Daniel now speaks. For these duties and obligations of service the priests are to receive corresponding emoluments. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of … ), and which lasted seven days, required (this is meant by טהרתו), but a further period of seven days is appointed after these, at the expiration of which the presentation of a sin-offering is demanded before the service in the sanctuary can be resumed. 5. It has a like sense also at ch. Meanwhile, we gather the general doctrine from this passage, that men’s hearts are divinely governed, while it shows us how God softens their iron hardness, and turns the wolf into the lamb. Because they ate, as did the heathens in general, beasts which had been strangled, or not properly blooded. Both of these were forbidden to the priests in the law: shaving in Leviticus 21:5, and letting the hair grow freely in Leviticus 10:6; and the latter was simply imposed upon the Nazarites for the period of their vow (Numbers 6:5). 17-31 A King's Last Night on Earth I. God had brought Daniel into favour. These verses from the Book of Daniel provide the reader with one of the most graphic depictions of God found in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (HB/OT) (cf. It is not till Ezekiel 44:29 and Ezekiel 44:30 that the means of support for the priests are spoken of. St. Paul has an expression somewhat like it, if not stronger, in his epistle to Philemon, Daniel 1:12. Now, you may wish to debate this important point, but I would say that the story before us in Daniel chapter 6 is possibly the most loved story in the Old Testament (as voted by those under 9 years of age.) Now God had brought Daniel into favor - Compare Genesis 39:21; Proverbs 16:7. For the fact itself, see Malachi 3:10. Even before this request was made; as he gave to Joseph favour in the sight of Potiphar, and of the keeper of the prison; for whatever favour is shown to good men by bad men is from the Lord; for though Daniel's ingenuity, the goodness of his temper, and his modest behaviour, his excellent natural parts, and other accomplishments, might be a means of ingratiating him into the favour of this officer; yet all would have been insufficient to recommend him to him, or to overcome his prejudices on account of religion, if the Lord had not wrought upon his heart to show kindness and tenderness to him; which appeared not only by his past usage of him; but, when he presented his supplication to him, he did not put on a stern countenance, and answer him roughly, and threaten him if he did not comply with the king's orders; but in a mild and gentle manner, as follows: Daniel 1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. Elohim. … (16) So the king gave the order and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. and Masor. ◄ Daniel 1:9 ► Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. 2. When Daniel requested that he might have none of the king’s meat or wine set before him the prince of the eunuchs objected that, if he and his fellows were not found in as good case as any of their companions, he should be in danger of having anger and of losing his head, v. 10. "Receive him, that is mine own bowels." Young, The Prophecy of Daniel (Grand Rapids: Wm. The prohibition of the drinking of wine when performing service agrees with Leviticus 10:9; on the other hand, the instructions concerning the choice of wives are sharpened in Ezekiel 44:22, as that which only applied to the high priest in the law is here extended to all the priests. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. Pro 20:1; Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. כּסם only occurs here; but its meaning, to cut the hair, is obvious from the context. according to their accentuation) have endeavoured to obliterate this distinction, by applying the first hemistich to the high priest alone, and explaining the second thus: "The widow, who is really a widow, the priest may take," interpreting מכּהן by quidam sacerdotum, or aliqui ex ordine sacerdotali, or ceteri sacerdotes. No less striking is the resemblance of Nebuchadnezzar to Pharaoh. It is true, indeed, that every one has a peculiar disposition from his birth some are ferocious, warlike, and sanguinary; others are mild, humane, and tractable. 1:9 "God granted" This verse, like v. 17, shows God's presence and purpose in the situation. They are to be supported from the sacrifices and the tithes and first-fruits which Israel has to pay to Jehovah as the lord of the land, and which He transfers to His servants the priests. The life must be positive. - In Ezekiel 44:25-27 there follow regulations concerning defilement from the dead, and its removal. It is a very strong expression, and denotes a kind of parental compassion, like that of St. Paul in his epistle to Philemon, Daniel 1:12, Receive him that is mine own bowels. And, considering what important consequences frequently follow upon it, we may, with great reason, acknowledge the hand of God in it, whenever it takes place. 6 Then the king’s face grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip joints went slack and his knees began knocking together. In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, was meditating on the Scriptures that gave, according to the Word of God to the prophet Jeremiah, the number of years that Jerusalem had to lie in ruins, namely, seventy. Your city - Jehovah's reputation among the Gentile nations (and the Jews for that matter) was associated with Jerusalem, for God Himself declared that this was "the place where I have chosen to cause My Name to dwell" (Neh 1:9). Then, very probably, the prefect would know that this had been granted to Daniel by his servant. (Dan 5:13-16) Belshazzar asks Daniel to interpret the message. God was with them and would use them for His purposes. The Keri למשׁפּט is a needless emendation after 2 Chronicles 19:8. He made them to be pitied of those that carried them captive. מכּהן belongs to תּהיה, who has become the widow of a priest. But this is contrary to the usage of the language, as מכּהן cannot possibly be understood in a partitive sense in this passage, where the priests generally are spoken of, and the plural יקּחוּ follows.). Ezekiel 44:25 is a simple repetition of Leviticus 21:1-3. Let them choose rather to offend all the world than to do things sinful, and they shall be sure of good success. Where was then any favor shown? The grace of God enables each to overcome the temptations into which his circumstances lead him. (9) Into favour.—The close correspondence between Daniel and Joseph has been frequently remarked. 2 The Lord let King Jehoiakim of Judah fall into his power, as well as some of the vessels of the house of God. It is on this account that Athenaeus calls the beasts which here served up at the tables of the Persian kings, ἱερια, victims, lib. He spoke to Belshazzar as to a condemned criminal. Daniel slighted the offer of reward. a. I, Daniel, alone saw the vision : This shows that there was something supernatural about this vision. Now God had brought Daniel into favour.] It was He Who won Daniel favour with this great prince. And thus let us learn from the example of Daniel to go on fearlessly in our course, and not to turn aside, even if the whole world should oppose us; since God can easily and readily remove all impediments and we shall find those who were formerly most cruel, become humane when the Lord wishes to spare us. Video Illustration: Daniel meets King Neb Daniel – God’s kingdom changer Series Thesis: Daniel was a man sold out to the Lord and as a result it influenced his life situations, rather than letting his life situations influence him. We may hence learn that the favor of others toward us is to be traced to the hand of God, and if we are prospered in the world, and are permitted to enjoy the friendship of those who have it in their power to benefit us, though it may be on account of our personal qualifications, we should learn to attribute it all to God. Daniel 5:1-9; 17-28. - To the clothing there is simply appended in Ezekiel 44:20 the direction concerning the hair of the head, the natural covering of the head, in relation to which excess on either side is prohibited, either shaving the head bald or wearing the hair uncut. This is the effect of prayer, 1 Kings 8:50. Regarding this verse, Expositor’s states, “The Persian king who invaded Greece was, of course, Xerxes, who reigned 485-464 B.C.”Daniel 11:3-4 spe… The grace of God enables each to overcome the temptations into which his circumstances lead him. This variety springs from God’s secret ordination; but God not only forms every one’s disposition at his birth, but every day and every moment, if it seems good to him, changes every one’s affections. Why then did they so freely offer them the most valuable of their household goods? Tender love— רחמים rachamim, Bowels of compassion. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Daniel 1:9. (See Genesis 39:21; 1 Kings 8:50; Nehemiah 1:11; Psalms 106:46.) Daniel 1:9. We now understand the sense of the words of this verse, as well as the Prophet’s intention. - To the enumeration of the means of support there is appended in Ezekiel 44:31 an emphatic repetition of the command in Leviticus 22:8, not to eat of any dead thing (i.e., anything that has died a natural death), or anything torn to pieces, either of birds or beasts, on account of its defiling (Leviticus 17:15). For the priests' share of the meat-offering, sin-offering, and trespass-offering, see Leviticus 2:3; Leviticus 6:9, Leviticus 6:11, Leviticus 6:19; Leviticus 7:6-7; for that which is put under the ban, Leviticus 27:21; for the first-fruits, Exodus 23:19; Exodus 34:26; Deuteronomy 18:4; Numbers 18:13; for the תּרוּמות, Numbers 15:19; Numbers 18:19; for the ראשׁית עריסות, Numbers 15:20-21. Here, on the other hand, marrying a widow is forbidden to all the priests, marriage with the widow of a priest being the only one allowed. 9. It is easier to keep temptation at a distance, than to resist it when near. 5 Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing. Since this inhumanity was here mitigated, the Prophet attributes it to God, who prepared mercies for his people. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love, &c. — Hebrew, לרחמים, compassionate regard, or, bowels of compassion, which is also the sense of the same word, Daniel 2:18. Daniel 1:8 : Daniel 1:10 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. על ריב, concerning, in the case of, matters in dispute. What! It seems that Daniel was semi-retired, still holding a government office yet "out of the loop." He ruled over Babylon, after Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians. He made them to be pitied of those that carried them captive. Commentaries on Daniel. ‘Now God made Daniel to be viewed with favour and compassion in the sight of the prince over the palace servants.’. Daniel found favor with his superiors. It was by a controlling influence which he exerted, that this result had been secured, and Daniel traced it directly to him. Deuteronomy 33:10 and Ezekiel 22:26); also to administer justice in questions in dispute according to the rights of God-a duty which had already been committed to the priests in its highest form in Deuteronomy 17:8., Deuteronomy 19:17, and Deuteronomy 21:5. In Leviticus 21:14, marrying a widow is only forbidden to the high priest, who was to marry a virgin of his own people, whereas no such restriction is laid down for the ordinary priests. Daniel 2:18. Sloth and softness naturally creep over us, and induce us to reject the cross. It is clear enough that the Egyptians were hostile towards the Israelites. Daniel 1:9. See Daniel 6:11,16,19-28 (printed below) Then these men went together and found Daniel making petitions and prayers before his God. Hebrew. APPLICATION: The will of God was the all-consuming purpose of Daniel’s life. This is the effect of sincere holiness and innocence, Proverbs 16:7. Daniel, therefore, gives us courage to obey God and his commands, and here states his favor with the prefect, since God granted his servant favor while faithfully performing his duty. By what means this had been done is not mentioned. These are treated of in Ezekiel 44:28-31. This is the effect of the special presence of God, Genesis 39:3,4,21. Because they ate unclean beasts, which were forbidden by the Jewish law. In 'להניח, "to cause a blessing to rest upon thy house," the individual Israelite is addressed. 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