While I was still speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sins of my people Israel—while I was still praying my prayer for help to the LORD my God about my God's holy mountain—
while I was still speaking this prayer, the man Gabriel approached me at the time of the evening offering. This was the same Gabriel I had seen in my earlier vision. He was weary with exhaustion.a22
He explained as he spoke with me: “Daniel, here's why I've come: to give you insight and understanding.
When you began making your requests, a word went out, and I've come to tell it to you because you are greatly treasured. So now understand this word and grasp the meaning of this vision!
Seventy weeks are appointed for your people and for your holy city to complete the rebellion, to end sins, to cover over wrongdoing, to bring eternal righteousness, to seal up prophetic vision, and to anoint the most holy place.
"So you must know and gain wisdom about this: There will be seven weeks from the moment the word went out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until a leader is anointed. And for sixty-two weeks the city will be rebuilt with a courtyard and a moat. But in difficult times,
after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one will be eliminated. No one will support him.b The army of a future leader will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Hisc end will come in a flood, but devastations will be decreed until the end of the war.d27
For one week, he will make a strong covenant with many people. For a half-week, he will stop both sacrifices and offerings. In their placee will be the desolating monstrosities until the decreed destruction sweeps over the devastator."