Daniel was speechless (Dan 10:15-10:15)

“While he was speaking

These words to me,

I turned my face

Toward the ground.

I was speechless.”

Once again, Daniel was overcome by what was happening to him. Even while this man in linen or the angel Gabriel was still speaking, Daniel turned his face to the ground. He became speechless.

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Daniel falls into a trance (Dan 8:18-8:18)

“As Gabriel

Was speaking

To me,

I fell into a trance,

Face to the ground.

Then he touched me.

He set me

On my feet.”

Daniel continued his first person singular recounting of this story. As the archangel Gabriel was speaking to him, he fell into a trance or deep sleep with his face to the ground. Then Gabriel touched him, as if to wake him. Then Gabriel put him on his feet.

The angry King Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 3:19-3:19)

“Then King Nebuchadnezzar

Was so filled with rage

Against

Shadrach,

Meshach,

Abednego,

That his face

Was distorted.

He ordered the furnace

Heated up seven times

More than was customary.”

The king became so mad at these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that his face became distorted. He ordered that the furnace to be heated 7 times hotter than usual.

King Nebuchadnezzar worships Daniel (Dan 2:46-2:46)

“Then King Nebuchadnezzar

Fell on his face.

He worshipped Daniel.

He commanded

That a grain offering

With incense

Be offered to him.”

After this dream interpretation by Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, as he worshipped Daniel. He even commanded that a grain offering with incense be offered to him, since Daniel had become like a god.

The north gate entrance (Ezek 44:4-44:4)

“Then Yahweh

Brought me

By way

Of the north gate

To the front

Of the temple.

I looked!

Behold!

The glory of Yahweh

Filled the temple

Of Yahweh!

I fell upon my face.”

Yahweh then brought Ezekiel to the north gate in front of the Temple. Ezekiel looked up. Then, lo and behold, the bright glory of Yahweh filled the whole Temple. Ezekiel did what he always did. He fell on his face with respect.

This vision stuns Ezekiel (Ezek 43:3-43:3)

“The vision

That I saw was

Like the vision

That I had seen

When he came

To destroy the city.

It was

Like the vision

That I had seen

By the river Chebar.

I fell upon my face.”

Ezekiel explicitly referred to his earlier visions of the glory of God. In chapter 8, he saw the abominations in the Temple. Later, he saw the fall of Jerusalem in chapter 24. He mentioned his vision of God’s glory at the River Chebar in Babylon that he described at the beginning of this book, in chapters 1-3. Once again, in the first person singular, Ezekiel noted that he fell on his face in reverence to the glory of God that stunned him, just as it had before.