Daniel 9:23 Index
"At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou are greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision."
Research Material

"...consider the vision..."

  • A reference to "the vision of the evening and the morning" (Daniel 8:26). In his last words to Daniel at the time of his previous visit Gabriel stated that the vision of the 2300 "evening and the morning" was "true" (Daniel 8:26). Thus in Daniel 9:24 the divine instructor begins where he left off in Daniel 8:26. (4BC 851)

"...for thou are greatly beloved..."

  • God has many favorites among the sons of men. Indeed, every man is a special favorite, and highly honored by the King of heaven, but there are very few to whom angels have spoken the word, "Thou art greatly beloved." The marginal reading of Daniel 9:23 gives the Hebrew rendering as "a man of desires." That man whose desires are heavenward, who longs for spiritual food as the hart panteth after the water brook (Job 23:12; Psalms 42:1), is greatly beloved of God, for God is in search of such to fulfill His will on earth (I Samuel 2:30; Psalms 91:14; Revelation 3:20). To such Gabriel can speak. (SNH 141)