10:15 While he was saying this to me, 1 I was flat on 2 the ground and unable to speak. 10:16 Then 3 one who appeared to be a human being 4 was touching my lips. I opened my mouth and started to speak, saying to the one who was standing before me, “Sir, 5 due to the vision, anxiety has gripped me and I have no strength. 10:17 How, sir, am I able to speak with you? 6 My strength is gone, 7 and I am breathless.” 10:18 Then the one who appeared to be a human being touched me again 8 and strengthened me. 10:19 He said to me, “Don’t be afraid, you who are valued. 9 Peace be to you! Be strong! Be really strong!” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened. I said, “Sir, you may speak now, 10 for you have given me strength.” 10:20 He said, “Do you know why I have come to you? 11 Now I am about to return to engage in battle with the prince of Persia. When I go, the prince of Greece is coming. 10:21 However, I will first tell you what is written in a dependable book. 12 (There is no one who strengthens me against these princes, 13 except Michael your 14 prince. 11:1 And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I 15 stood to strengthen him and to provide protection for him.)
[10:21] 12 tn Heb “a book of truth.” Several English versions treat this as a title of some sort (cf. NIV, NCV, TEV, CEV, NLT), although the NAB’s rendering “the truthful book” regards “truth” as an attributive adjective, as does the present translation.
[11:1] 15 sn The antecedent of the pronoun “I” is the angel, not Daniel. The traditional chapter division at this point, and the presence of a chronological note in the verse similar to ones used elsewhere in the book to position Daniel’s activities in relation to imperial affairs, sometimes lead to confusion on this matter.