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In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

10:1 third year of Cyrus. According to Daniel 1:21, the prophet Daniel “continued” to the first year of Cyrus. This was the end of Jeremiah’s prophesied seventy years, and Cyrus at that time gave the first decree for Jews to return to Jerusalem (II Chronicles 36:22-23). Presumably Daniel, being an aged man by this time, “retired” from his court position at this time. However, he continued to live at least another two years, receiving the vision (Daniel 10:7) of this chapter “in the third year of Cyrus.”

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