New American Standard Bible
"Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled up.
King James Bible
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
Darby Bible Translation
And a spirit passed before my face the hair of my flesh stood up --
World English Bible
Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up.
Young's Literal Translation
And a spirit before my face doth pass, Stand up doth the hair of my flesh;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then a spirit passed before my face - He does not intimate whether it was the spirit of a man, or an angel who thus appeared. The belief in such apparitions was common in the early ages, and indeed has prevailed at all times. No one can demonstrate that God could not communicate his will in such a manner as this, or by a messenger deputed from his immediate presence to impart valuable truth to people.
The hair of my flesh stood up - This is an effect which is known often to be produced by fear. Sometimes the hair is made to turn white almost in an instant, as an effect of sudden alarm; but usually the effect is to make it stand on end. Seneca uses language remarkably similar to this in describing the effect of fear, in Hercule Oetoeo:
Vagus per artus errat excussos tremor;
Erectus horret crinis. Impulsis adhuc
Star terror animis. et cor attonitum salit,
Pavidumque trepidis palpitat venis jecur.
Steteruntque comae, et vox faucibus haesit.
See also Aeneid iii. 48, iv. 289. So also Aeneid xii. 868:
Arrectaeque horrore comae.
A similar description of the effect of fear is given in the Ghost's speech to Hamlet:
"But that I am forbid
LibraryWhether Human Nature was More Assumable by the Son of God than any Other Nature?
Objection 1: It would seem that human nature is not more capable of being assumed by the Son of God than any other nature. For Augustine says (Ep. ad Volusianum cxxxvii): "In deeds wrought miraculously the whole reason of the deed is the power of the doer." Now the power of God Who wrought the Incarnation, which is a most miraculous work, is not limited to one nature, since the power of God is infinite. Therefore human nature is not more capable of being assumed than any other creature. Objection …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether Christ Received Knowledge from the Angels?
On the Animals
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit as Revealed in his Names.
Dread came upon me, and trembling, And made all my bones shake.
"It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:
He said to me, "O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
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