D A N I E L.
The angel Gabriel, in this chapter, performs his
promise made to Daniel in the foregoing chapter, that he would
"show him what should befal his people in the latter days,"
according to that which was "written in the scriptures of truth:"
very particularly does he here foretel the succession of the kings
of Persia and Grecia, and the affairs of their kingdoms, especially
the mischief which Antiochus Epiphanes did in his time to the
church, which was foretold before (ch. viii. 11-12). Here is, I. A
brief prediction of the setting up of the Grecian monarchy upon the
ruins of the Persian monarchy, which was now newly begun, ver. 1-4. II. A prediction of the
affairs of the two kingdoms of Egypt and Syria, with reference to
each other, ver. 5-20.
III. Of the rise of Antiochus Epiphanes, and his actions and
successes, ver. 21-29.
IV. Of the great mischief that he should do to the Jewish nation
and religion, and his contempt of all religion, ver. 30-39. V. Of his fall and ruin at
last, when he is in the heat of his pursuit, ver. 40-45.