In the first year of Darius1 son of Xerxesa2 (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonianb kingdom--
in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy3 years.
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting,4 and in sackcloth and ashes.54
I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:6 "O Lord, the great and awesome God,7 who keeps his covenant of love8 with all who love him and obey his commands,
we have sinned9 and done wrong.10 We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away11 from your commands and laws.126
We have not listened13 to your servants the prophets,14 who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers,15 and to all the people of the land.
"Lord, you are righteous,16 but this day we are covered with shame17--the men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered18 us because of our unfaithfulness19 to you.20