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.
"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
All Israel has transgressed25 your law26 and turned away, refusing to obey you. "Therefore the curses27 and sworn judgments28 written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned29 against you.
You have fulfilled30 the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster.31 Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like32 what has been done to Jerusalem.33
O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts,41 turn away42 your anger and your wrath43 from Jerusalem,44 your city, your holy hill.45 Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn46 to all those around us.
Give ear,48 O God, and hear;49 open your eyes and see50 the desolation of the city that bears your Name.51 We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.52