1 In the third 2 year of King Cyrus of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel (who was also called Belteshazzar). This message was true and concerned a great war. 3 He understood the message and gained insight by the vision.
Ge 41:32; 2Ch 36:22,23; Ezr 1:1,2,7,8; Ezr 3:7; Ezr 4:3,5; Ezr 5:13-17; Ezr 6:3,14; Isa 44:28; Isa 45:1; Da 1:7; Da 1:17; Da 1:21; Da 2:21; Da 4:8; Da 5:12; Da 5:17; Da 6:28; Da 8:16; Da 8:26; Da 9:22,23; Da 10:14; Da 11:2; Da 12:4,9; Lu 1:20; Re 19:9
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1 sn This chapter begins the final unit in the book of Daniel, consisting of chapters 10-12. The traditional chapter divisions to some extent obscure the relationship of these chapters.
2 tc The LXX has “first.”
sn Cyrus’ third year would have been ca. 536
3 tn The meaning of the Hebrew word צָבָא (tsava’) is uncertain in this context. The word most often refers to an army or warfare. It may also mean “hard service,” and many commentators take that to be the sense here (i.e., “the service was great”). The present translation assumes the reference to be to the spiritual conflicts described, for example, in 10:16–11:1.