A.(1) In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing (dabar) was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing (dabar) was true, but the time appointed was long:and he understood the thing (dabar) , and had understanding of the vision.
B.(2) In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. (3) I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. (4) And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; (5) Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: (6) His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
C.(7) And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. (8) Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. (9) Yet heard I the voice of his words:
D. and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. (10) And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. (11) And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright:for unto thee am I now sent.
E. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
F.(12) Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
G.(13) But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
F’.(14) Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days:for yet the vision is for many days.
E’.(15) And when he had spoken such words unto me,
D’. I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. (16) And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips:
C’. then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. (17) For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.
B’.(18) Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, (19) And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.
A’.(20) Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. (21) But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
Note: may this mysterious chapter be understood a little better through a chiastic structure? The structure looks pretty sound but why would it centre on an angel being delayed in the providential work behind the scenes in the court of Persia? The chapter begins with Daniel fasting for three weeks because events are not going well. It must be the same three weeks that is referred to by the angel in verse 13. Cross reference to Ezra 4:5 suggests that the events in question relate to the restoration work of in Jerusalem which was being hindered by counsellors hired to oppose the Jews. The chapter ends with the angel returning to re-engage with the Persian court – eventually the temple was finished. But what about the mysterious vision of the “One man”(v5) and the figurative death and resurrection of Daniel. B and B’ relate the spectacular “Man” who speaks like a multitude to Daniel’s final strengthening. This suggest to me that the “Man” is a symbolic representation of the immortal saints who become such at the resurrection that Daniel speaks of in 12:2.