Daniel’s Prayer for His People1 aIn the first year of bDarius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a cMede, who was made king over the realm of the dChaldeans— 2in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to ethe word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
3Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by fprayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4I prayed to the Lord my God and gmade confession, saying, h“O Lord, the igreat and awesome God, who jkeeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 kwe have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly land rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6 mWe have not listened to nyour servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to oour kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7To you, pO Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, qthose who are near and rthose who are far away, in sall the lands to which you have driven them, because of tthe treachery that they have committed against you. 8To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because uwe have sinned against you. 9 vTo the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him 10 wand have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by xhis servants the prophets. 11 yAll Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, zrefusing to obey your voice. aaAnd the curse and oath abthat are written in the Law of acMoses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because adwe have sinned against him. 12He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against aeour rulers who ruled us, ▼
▼Or our judges who judged usby agbringing upon us a great calamity. ahFor under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem. 13 aiAs it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, ajturning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. 14 akTherefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, alfor the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and amwe have not obeyed his voice. 15And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt anwith a mighty hand, and aohave made a name for yourself, as at this day, apwe have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16“O Lord, aqaccording to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, aryour holy hill, asbecause for our sins, and for atthe iniquities of our fathers, auJerusalem and your people have become ava byword among all who are around us. 17Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord ▼
▼Hebrew for the Lord’s sakeaxmake your face to shine upon ayyour sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 azO my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see baour desolations, and bbthe city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. bcDelay not, bdfor your own sake, O my God, because beyour city and bfyour people are called by your name.”
Gabriel Brings an Answer20 bgWhile I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God for bhthe holy hill of my God, 21while I was speaking in prayer, the man biGabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, bjcame to me in swift flight at bkthe time of the evening sacrifice. 22 blHe made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you bminsight and understanding. 23 bnAt the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, boand I have come to tell it to you, for bpyou are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word bqand understand the vision.
The Seventy Weeks24 br“Seventy weeks ▼
▼Or sevens; also twice in verse 25 and once in verse 26are decreed about your people and btyour holy city, to finish buthe transgression, to put an end to sin, bvand to atone for iniquity, bwto bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and bxto anoint a most holy place. ▼
▼Or thing, or one25 bzKnow therefore and understand that cafrom the going out of the word to restore and cbbuild Jerusalem to the coming of an ccanointed one, a cdprince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again ▼
▼Or there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It shall be built againwith squares and moat, cfbut in a troubled time. 26And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall cgbe cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come chshall destroy the city and the sanctuary. ciIts ▼
▼Or Hisend shall come with a flood, ckand to the end there shall be war. clDesolations are decreed. 27And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, ▼
▼Or seven; twice in this verseand for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. cnAnd on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until cothe decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”
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