15. And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
15. Et cum loqueretur mecum secundum verba haec, posui faciem meam in terram, et obmutui.
Daniel again signifies by these words that he was so inspired by reverence for the angel as to be unable to stand. This tends to recommend the prophecy to our notice, -- to shew us how the holy Prophet was not only instructed by the angel, but to confirm what he will afterwards record in the 11th chapter, and free it from all doubt. Lastly, he enables us to confide in the angel's words, which were not uttered in an ordinary way, but were so obviously divine as to cast Daniel headlong upon the earth. In my judgment those expounders of the phrase,
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