Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
Book: Daniel
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Daniel was of noble Birth, if not one of the royal family of
Judah. He was carried Captive to Babylon in the fourth Year of
Jehoiachin, B. C. 606, when a youth. He was there taught the
learning of the Chaldeans, and held high offices, both under the
Babylonian and Persian empires. He was persecuted for his
religion, but was miraculously delivered; and lived to a great
Age, as he must have been about ninety-four years old at the
time of the last of his visions. The Book of Daniel is partly
historical, relating various circumstances which befell himself
and the Jews, at Babylon; but is chiefly prophetical, detailing
visions and prophecies which foretell numerous important events
relative to the four great empires of the world, the coming and
Death of the Messiah, the restoration of the Jews, and the
Conversion of the Gentiles. Though there are considerable
difficulties in explaining the prophetical meaning of some
passages in this Book, we always find encouragement to Faith and
Hope, examples worthy of imitation, and something to direct our
thoughts to Christ Jesus upon the Cross and On his glorious