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Daniel 6:10

Context

6:10 When Daniel realized 1  that a written decree had been issued, he entered his home, where the windows 2  in his upper room opened toward Jerusalem. 3  Three 4  times daily he was 5  kneeling 6  and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously.

1 tn Aram “knew.”

2 sn In later rabbinic thought this verse was sometimes cited as a proof text for the notion that one should pray only in a house with windows. See b. Berakhot 34b.

3 map For the location of Jerusalem see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

4 sn This is apparently the only specific mention in the OT of prayer being regularly offered three times a day. The practice was probably not unique to Daniel, however.

5 tc Read with several medieval Hebrew MSS and printed editions הֲוָה (havah) rather than the MT הוּא (hu’).

6 tn Aram “kneeling on his knees” (so NASB).

sn No specific posture for offering prayers is prescribed in the OT. Kneeling, as here, and standing were both practiced.



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