Daniel 10:11

Hebrew Bible

8 I alone was left to see this great vision. My strength drained from me, and my vigor disappeared; I was without energy. 9 I listened to his voice, and as I did so I fell into a trance-like sleep with my face to the ground. 10 Then a hand touched me and set me on my hands and knees. 11 He said to me, “Daniel, you are of great value. Understand the words that I am about to speak to you. So stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up shaking. 12 Then he said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel, for from the very first day you applied your mind to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come in response to your words.

1 Enoch 65:9


7 And how silver is produced from the dust of the earth, and how soft metal originates in the earth. 8 For lead and tin are not produced from the earth like the first: it is a fountain that produces them, and an angel stands therein, and that angel is pre-eminent.' 9 And after that my grandfather Enoch took hold of me by my hand and raised me up, and said unto me: 'Go, for I have asked the Lord of Spirits as touching this commotion on the earth. 10 And He said unto me: "Because of their unrighteousness their judgement has been determined upon and shall not be withheld by Me for ever. Because of the sorceries which they have searched out and learnt, the earth and those who dwell upon it shall be destroyed."

 Notes and References

"... In visionary texts the visionary normally first fell upon the ground in awe and was then commanded to stand upon his feet. This became a standard part of the visionary experience. It came to mark the point in the vision where the visionary was accepted into the presence of God, and could thus stand in his presence, as the angels do. This motif is first found in the Jewish mystical urtext Ezekiel (2:1), and is repeated in such texts as Daniel 10:11 when Daniel sees the vision of the angel; Joseph and Asenath (14:8, 11) during the conversion of Asenath by the appearance of the angel; 4 Ezra when Ezra is instructed by his companion angel during his visionary ascent (4 Ezra 7:2); the transfiguration as found in Matthew 17:1-9 (verse 7) and Acts 9:6; 22:10; 26:16 during the conversion of Paul through Christ's epiphany. Thus the appearance of a divine being, be it Christ or an angel, caused the recipient to fall on his or her face, and the acceptance of this individual into the presence of the divine being, in effect the acknowledgement that the visionary had been granted the right to stand on sacred ground, 177 was indicated by the command to stand. This motif is also found in magical literature ..."

Ricklefs, Norman An Angelic Community: The Significance of Beliefs about Angels in the First Four Centuries of Christianity (p. 208) Macquarie University, 2002

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