Had seen the vision,
To understand it.
Standing before me.
He had the appearance
Of a man.”
Daniel, clearly in the first-person singular, had now seen the vision. He was hoping to understand this vision. Then, there appeared, right in front of him, someone that looked like a man.
“It may be that
When the house of Judah
Hears of all the disasters
That I intend
To do to them,
All of them
From their evil ways.
Then I may forgive
I may forgive
Yahweh was hoping that when the people of Judah heard all his oracles to Jeremiah about the many impending disasters that he was intending for them, they might turn away from their evil ways. If they did that, then Yahweh would forgive their iniquity and their sins. Good luck!
“Better the poor walking in integrity
Than one perverse in speech
Who is a fool!
Desire without knowledge is not good.
Whoever moves too hurriedly misses the way.
One’s own folly leads to ruin.
Yet the heart rages against Yahweh.
Wealth brings many new friends.
But the poor are left friendless.
A false witness will not go unpunished.
A liar will not escape.
Many seek the favor of the generous.
Everyone is a friend to a giver of gifts.
If the poor are hated by their relatives,
How much more are they shunned by their friends.
When they call after them,
They are not there.”
This is a mixed bag for the poor. It is better to be poor if you are honest and have integrity. However later on, you are without friends and relatives if you are poor. The poor never catch a break. Of course, it is better to be poor than be a perverse fool in your speech. Desire is not good enough. You need knowledge. Don’t go too fast or you will get lost. Foolishness will lead to ruin. The foolish heart rages against Yahweh. Wealth, as noted, brings friends, while the poor are stuck without friends. Liars will not escape from punishment. They will die. The reason the rich have so many friends is that many seek their favor, hoping to get a gift or two from the wealthy. The poor have a problem with relatives and friends who do not stand up for them when they call. It is not good to be poor, even if you are honest.