Daniel 9

Daniel’s Prayer for His People

1In the first year of a  Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans 2in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the  Lord to b  Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely c  seventy years. 3So I
Lit set my face
gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.
4I prayed to the  Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the e  great and awesome God, who f  keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, 5 g  we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and h  rebelled, even i  turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. 6“Moreover, we have not j  listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.

7 k  Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us
Lit the shame of face
m  open shame, as it is this dayto the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in n  all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You.
Lit The shame of face
Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
9To the Lord our God belong p  compassion and forgiveness,
Or though
for we have r  rebelled against Him;
10nor have we obeyed the voice of the  Lord our God, to walk in His
Or laws
teachings which He t  set before us through His servants the prophets.
11“Indeed u  all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the v  curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him. 12“Thus He has w  confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our
Lit judges who judged us
y  rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has z  not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.
13As it is written in the aa  law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have ab  not
Lit softened the face of
sought the favor of the  Lord our God by ad  turning from our iniquity and
Or having insight into
giving attention to Your truth.
14“Therefore the  Lord has
Lit watched over the evil
ag  kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the  Lord our God is ah  righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.

15And now, O Lord our God, who have ai  brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have aj  made a name for Yourself, as it is this daywe have sinned, we have been wicked. 16O Lord, in accordance with all Your
Lit righteousnesses
righteous acts, let now Your al  anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your am  holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a an  reproach to all those around us.
17So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for
Lit the sake of the Lord
Your sake, O Lord, ap  let Your face shine on Your aq  desolate sanctuary.
18O my God, ar  incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and as  see our desolations and the city which is at  called by Your name; for we are not
Lit causing to fall
av  presenting our supplications before You on account of
Lit our righteousnesses
any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.
19O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, ax  do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

Gabriel Brings an Answer

20Now while I was ay  speaking and praying, and az  confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and
Lit causing to fall
presenting my supplication before the  Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,
21while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man bb  Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision
Lit at the beginning
Lit was reaching; or touching
came to me
Lit wearied with weariness
in my extreme weariness about the time of the bf  evening offering.
22He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with bg  understanding. 23“At the bh  beginning of your supplications the
Lit word went out
command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are
Lit desirable; or precious
bk  highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain bl  understanding of the vision.

Seventy Weeks and the Messiah

Or units of seven, and so throughout the ch
bn  weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to
Or restrain
finish the transgression, to
Another reading is seal up sins
make an end of sin, to bq  make atonement for iniquity, to bring in br  everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and
Lit prophet
prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a
Lit word
bu  decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until
Or an anointed one
bw  Messiah the bx  Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with
Or streets
plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
26Then after the sixty-two weeks the
Or anointed one
Messiah will be ca  cut off and have
Or no one
nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will cc  destroy the city and the sanctuary. And
Or his
its end will come with a ce  flood; even to the end
Or war will be decreed for desolations
there will be war; desolations are determined.
27And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of
Or detestable things
ch  abominations will come one who
Or causes horror
makes desolate, even until a cj  complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who
Or causes horror
makes desolate.”
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