I lay sick
For some days.
Then I arose.
I went about
The king’s business.
But I was dismayed
By the vision.
I did not understand it.”
Daniel was sick for a couple of days. Then he got up to help the king of Babylon with his business at Susa. However, he was still shaken and dismayed. He still did not fully understand that vision, even after the explanation of Gabriel.
“I was envious of the arrogant.
I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They have no pain.
Their bodies are sound and sleek.
They are not in trouble as others are.
They are not plagued like other people.
Therefore pride is their necklace.
Violence covers them like a garment.
Their eyes swell out with fatness.
Their hearts overflow with follies.
They speak with malice.
Loftily they threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against heaven.
Their tongues range over the earth.”
Here we have a vivid description of these wicked arrogant people. Asaph, this psalmist, was envious of their prosperity. They did not have any pain with their sound slick bodies. They did not have troubles like other people who had various illnesses. They were proud violent people. Their garments and their necklaces were indications of their violent nature. They had fat eyes and foolish hearts. They were malicious people who threatened violence. They spoke against heaven as they pursued things here on earth.