Daniel 12:6
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New International Version
One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?"

New Living Translation
One of them asked the man dressed in linen, who was now standing above the river, "How long will it be until these shocking events are over?"

English Standard Version
And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?”

New American Standard Bible
And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be until the end of these wonders?"

King James Bible
And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One of them said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long until the end of these extraordinary things?"

International Standard Version
One asked the man dressed in linen clothes, who was standing above the waters of the river, 'How long until the fulfillment of the wonders?'

NET Bible
One said to the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, "When will the end of these wondrous events occur?"

New Heart English Bible
And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long shall it be till these wonders take place?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One of them asked the man dressed in linen clothes who was above the river, "How long will it be until these miracles are over?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river: 'How long shall it be to the end of the wonders?'

New American Standard 1977
And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And one said to the Man clothed in linens, who was upon the waters of the river, When shall be the end of these wonders?

King James 2000 Bible
And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?

American King James Version
And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was on the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

American Standard Version
And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said to the man that was clothed In linen, that stood upon the waters of the river: How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long [is it to] the end of these wonders?

English Revised Version
And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was above the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

Webster's Bible Translation
And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

World English Bible
One said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

Young's Literal Translation
and he saith to the one clothed in linen, who is upon the waters of the flood, 'Till when is the end of these wonders?'
Study Bible
Michael's Deliverance and the End Times
5Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river. 6And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be until the end of these wonders?" 7I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:3
While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will all this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?"

Mark 13:4
"Tell us, when will all these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to be fulfilled?"

Ezekiel 9:2
Behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate which faces north, each with his shattering weapon in his hand; and among them was a certain man clothed in linen with a writing case at his loins. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar.

Daniel 8:13
Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, "How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, while the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host to be trampled?"

Daniel 8:16
And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, "Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision."

Daniel 10:5
I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.

Daniel 12:5
Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river.

Daniel 12:8
As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, "My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?"

Zechariah 1:12
Then the angel of the LORD said, "O LORD of hosts, how long will You have no compassion for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant these seventy years?"

Zechariah 1:13
The LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words.
Treasury of Scripture

And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was on the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

one said.

Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, …

Zechariah 1:12,13 Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how …

Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly …

1 Peter 1:12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they did …

man.

Daniel 10:5,6 Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed …

Ezekiel 9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which …

Revelation 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, …

Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him on white horses, …

upon. or, from above.

Revelation 10:2-5 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot …

How long.

Daniel 8:13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said to that certain …

Psalm 74:9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there …

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true…

(6) And one said.--The speaker is evidently one of the persons just mentioned, but the LXX. and St. Jerome suppose Daniel to address the man clothed in white linen, who is obviously the same person who has already spoken (Daniel 10:5, &c.). The position which he occupies is striking. He appears "upon" or (see margin) from above, i.e., hovering over the waters of the Tigris. If, as is frequently the case in the symbolical language of Scripture (see Isaiah 8:6-7, Psalm 93:4), waters or streams are the emblems of nationalities, the Hiddekel will represent the Persian Empire, in the third year of which Daniel had this vision, and the position of the person implies his power to protect his people from all the assaults of the Persians. But at the same time, the remarkable word used for "river" recalls the Nile, and seems to be employed for the purpose of assuring the readers of the book that "He who smote the waters of the Nile" will restrain all earthly powers which war against His people.

How long . . . end.--The end is that which has been frequently spoken of (Daniel 11:40 to Daniel 12:3). The question asks, "How long will the end of these wonders continue? The end always appears to be at hand, yet it never comes. How long will this continue?"

Verse 6. - And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? The Septuagint renderingis, "And I said" - reading אמר instead of יאמר - "to one clothed in fair linen (βύσσινα), which is above the water of the river" - the last five words being omitted from the Syriac of Paulus Tellensis - "When, then, shall the end be of these marvels which thou hast told me, and their purification?" The last clause, which does not represent anything in the Massoretic, is due to a confusion between אֶשְׁמַע, with which the next verse begins, and אַשָׁמַם. Theodotion's rendering is, as usual, closer to the Massoretic, "and he said to the man clothed in baddin, who was upon the waters of the river, When shall be the end of those marvels of which thou speakest?" Both the Greek versions insert "of which thou speakest." The rendering of the Peshitta differs slightly, "And they said" - a reading that one would be wishful to adopt if it had any probability in its favour - "to the man clothed in beautiful apparel, who was standing above the waters of the river, Until when shall the end of these things be?" The omission of "wonders" is to be observed. The Vulgate follows the Septuagint in making Daniel the speaker, "And I said to the man clothed in linen, who was standing over the waters of the river, When shall be the end of these marvels?" And one said. Aben Ezra makes this one of the two who spoke. This suggestion is the most natural, only the sentence is singularly abrupt, and favours the idea that there is an omission here. The LXX. and Vulgate, as we have seen, read, "I said." While the reading is an easy one, it is, as Professor Bevan remarks, against the analogy of Daniel 8:13. To the man clothed in linen. This man is mentioned in Daniel 10:5, presumably Gabriel. Which was upon the waters of the river. The reference may be to Daniel 8:16, where a voice comes to him from between the banks of the river Ulai. Here, not upon the waters of the river Tigris, but over them, was the appearance of the angel Gabriel. How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? One difficulty that strikes one is that there are no wonders foretold. That the rulers of Syria should war against the possessors of Egypt was not a marvellous thing. Professor Bevan, who holds that the marvels referred to are the events foretold, quotes Isaiah 29:14 as a parallel instance, but, though marvels are there mentioned, such marvels that all the wisdom of the wise should fail, etc., yet here nothing is told of the nature of these marvels. Had there been visions of symbolic animals, as in the seventh and eighth chapters, we could have understood these things being spoken of as marvels. The probability, then, is heightened that there have been omissions as well as insertions here. The time contemplated is the end, when judgment and resurrection are passed. It is, in fact, the question of the apostles (Matthew 24:3), "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" And one said to the man clothed with linen,.... One of the angels on one side of the bank of the river spoke to Christ, who appeared in a human form, as a presage of his future incarnation; and as clothed in linen, expressive of his priestly office, and of his purity and holiness, which qualified him for it; See Gill on Daniel 10:6. Which of the angels it was that spake is not said, or on which side of the river he stood; very probably each of them spake in their turn, and joined: in the same request to Christ:

which was upon the waters of the river: or above (m) them; denoting his power and dominion over men, kingdoms, and nations, sometimes signified by waters, and even over those the most tumultuous and raging:

how long shall it be to the end of these wonders, these wonderful things before predicted, concerning the state and condition of the people of God, their troubles and afflictions, the fall and ruin of antichrist, and the glorious things that shall follow upon that: angels, as they are inquisitive creatures, and pry into the mysteries of grace, so into those of Providence; especially such as concern the church of God, for whom they have a great regard; of the secrets of which they have no knowledge until revealed unto them; though this question seems to be put not so much for their own sakes as for the sake of Daniel, who was present, but had not that courage and presence of mind as they had; nor could use that freedom with Christ as they did, at least at first, till encouraged by their example.

(m) "super aquas", Pagninus; "desuper aquas", Montanus; "supra aquas", Calvin, Cocceius, Michaelis. 6. one—namely, of the two (Da 12:5).

man … in linen—who had spoken up to this point. God impelled the angel to ask in order to waken us out of our torpor, seeing that the very "angels desire to look into" the things affecting man's redemption (1Pe 1:12), as setting forth the glory of their Lord and ours (Eph 3:10).

How long … to the end of these wonders—This question of the angel refers to the final dealings of God in general, Antichrist's overthrow, and the resurrection. Daniel's question (Da 12:8) refers to the more immediate future of his nation [Auberlen].12:5-13 One of the angels asking how long it should be to the end of these wonders, a solemn reply is made, that it would be for a time, times, and a half, the period mentioned ch. 7:25, and in the Revelation. It signifies 1260 prophetic days or years, beginning from the time when the power of the holy people should be scattered. The imposture of Mohammed, and the papal usurpation, began about the same time; and these were a twofold attack upon the church of God. But all will end well at last. All opposing rule, principality, and power, shall be put down, and holiness and love will triumph, and be in honour, to eternity. The end, this end, shall come. What an amazing prophecy is this, of so many varied events, and extending through so many successive ages, even to the general resurrection! Daniel must comfort himself with the pleasing prospect of his own happiness in death, in judgment, and to eternity. It is good for us all to think much of going away from this world. That must be our way; but it is our comfort that we shall not go till God calls us to another world, and till he has done with us in this world; till he says, Go thou thy way, thou hast done thy work, therefore now, go thy way, and leave it to others to take thy place. It was a comfort to Daniel, and is a comfort to all the saints, that whatever their lot is in the days of their lives, they shall have a happy lot in the end of the days. And it ought to be the great care and concern of every one of us to secure this. Then we may well be content with our present lot, and welcome the will of God. Believers are happy at all times; they rest in God by faith now, and a rest is reserved for them in heaven at last.
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