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Daniel 9:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 "Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor1 on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear,2 O God, and hear;3 open your eyes and see4 the desolation of the city that bears your Name.5 We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.6 19 O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive!7 O Lord, hear and act! For your sake,8 O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name."

The Seventy "Sevens"

20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing9 my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill10-- 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel,11 the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.12 22 He instructed me and said to me, "Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding.13 23 As soon as you began to pray,14 an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.15 Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision:16 24 "Seventy 'sevens'a are decreed for your people and your holy city17 to finishb transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone18 for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness,19 to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.c 25 "Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decreed to restore and rebuild20 Jerusalem until the Anointed One,e21 the ruler,22 comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.23 26 After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off24 and will have nothing.f The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood:25 War will continue until the end, and desolations26 have been decreed.27 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.'g In the middle of the 'seven'h he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed28 is poured out on him.i "j
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