Daniel 9 (Lexham English Bible)

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Daniel’s Prayer for His People

1 In [the] first year [of] Darius, [the] son of Ahasuerus,a from [the] offspring of [the] Medes, who became king over [the] kingdom of [the] Chaldeans-- 2 in [the] first year [of] his kingship I, Daniel, observed in the scrolls the number of the years that it was [that were] to be fulfilled [according to] [the] word of Yahweh to Jeremiah the prophet for the devastation of Jerusalem--seventy years. 3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God to seek [him] [by] prayer and pleas for mercy,b in fasting and [in] sackcloth and ashes. 4 And I prayed to Yahweh my God, and I made confession and I said, "O Lord, the great and awesome God, keeping the covenant and loyal love with [those who] love him and with [those who] keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and we have done wrong and we acted wickedly and we rebelled and [have been] turning aside from your commandments and from your ordinances. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestorsc and to all the people of the land. 7 "{Righteousness belongs to you, O Lord},d and on us [is] open shame, [just] as [it is] this day to the people of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to all Israel, {those who are near and those who are far off}e in all the lands [to] which you have driven them,f because of their infidelity which they displayed against you. 8 Yahweh, on us [is] open shame, on our kings, on our princes, and on our ancestors,g because we have sinned against you. 9 {Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord, our God},h for we have rebelled against him, 10 and we have not listened to the voice of Yahweh our God, by following his law {which he placed before us}i by [the] hand of his servants the prophets. 11 "And all Israel transgressed your law and turned aside [so as] not to listen to your voice, and [so] the curse and the oath which [was] written in the law of Moses, the servant of God, has been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. 12 And [so] he [has] carried out his words which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring upon us [a] great calamity which was not done under all [of] heaven as it was done in Jerusalem. 13 Just as [it is] written in the law of Moses, all of this calamity has come upon us, and {we have not implored}j the face of Yahweh our God [so as] to turn from our iniquities and to attend closely to your faithfulness.k 14 So Yahweh [has] kept watch over thel calamity, and [now] he [has] brought it upon us. Indeed, Yahweh our God [is] righteous concerning all his worksm that he has done, but we have not listened to his voice. 15 "And now, Lord our God, who have brought your people out from [the] land of Egypt with a strong hand, and you [have] made for yourself a name [until] this day--we have sinned, we have acted wickedly. 16 Lord, according to all your righteousness, please let your anger and your rage turn away from your city Jerusalem, {your holy mountain},n because through our sins and through the iniquities of our ancestorso Jerusalem and your people have become an object of mockery among all of our neighbors. 17 "And now, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy. Shinep your face upon your desolate sanctuary {for your sake, O Lord}.q 18 Incline your ear, my God, and listen; open your eyes and look at our desolation and the city that is called [by] your name, for we [are] not presenting our pleas for mercy {before you}r because of our righteousness, but [rather] because of your great compassion. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, pay heed and act! You must not delay {for your sake},s my God; because {your city and your people are called by your name}."t

Gabriel’s Announcement and Presentation of the Seventy Sets of Seven

20 Now I [was] still speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea {before}u Yahweh my God, on behalf {of the holy mountain of my God}.v 21 And I [was] still speaking in prayer, and the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision {previously},w {in my weariness touched me}x at [the] time of [the] evening offering. 22 And he instructed [me] and he spoke with me and he said, "Daniel I have now come outy to teach you understanding. 23 At the beginning of your pleas for mercy, a word went out, and [now] I have come to declarez [it], for you [are] highly esteemed, and [so] consider the word and understand the vision.

The Seventy Sets of Seven Detailed

24 "Seventy weeks is decreed for your people and {for your holy city},aa to put an end to the transgression and to seal [up] sinbb and to make atonement for guilt and to bring [in] everlasting righteousness and to seal vision and prophet and to anoint {the most holy place}.cc 25 And you must know and you must understanddd [that] from [the] time of the going out of [the] word to restore and build Jerusalem until [an] anointedee [one]--[a] leader--[will be] {seven weeks and sixty-two weeks};ff it will be restored and will be built [with] streets and [a] moat, but {in a time of oppression}.gg 26 "And after the sixty and two weeks an anointed onehh shall be cut off, and {he shall have nothing},ii and [the] people of the coming leader will destroy the city and the sanctuary,jj and its end [will be] with the flood and [on] to [the] end [there shall be] war; [these] desolations are determined. 27 And he will make a strong covenant with the many [for] one week, but [in] half of the week he will let cease sacrifice and offering {and in its place}kk a desolating abomination [comes] even until {the determined complete destruction}ll is poured out on [the] desolator."
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