In the firstyear of 1Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Mediandescent, who was madekingover the kingdom of the Chaldeans -
in the firstyear of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the yearswhich was revealed as the word of the LORD to 2Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, 3seventyyears.
So I agave my attention to the LordGod to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.
I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, "Alas, O Lord, the 4great and awesomeGod, who 5keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
56we have sinned, committediniquity, actedwickedly and 7rebelled, even 8turningaside from Your commandments and ordinances.
"Moreover, we have not 9listened to Your servants the prophets, whospoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.
"10Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us b11openshame, as it is thisday -to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and allIsrael, those who are nearby and those who are far away in 12all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithfuldeedswhich they have committed against You.
"cOpenshame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
"To the Lord our God belong 13compassion and forgiveness, dfor we have 14rebelled against Him;
10nor have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His eteachingswhich He 15setbefore us through His servants the prophets.
"Indeed 16allIsrael has transgressed Your law and turnedaside, not obeying Your voice; so the 17curse has been poured out on us, along with the oathwhich is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.
"Thus He has 18confirmed His wordswhich He had spokenagainst us and against our f19rulerswhoruled us, to bring on us greatcalamity; for under the wholeheaven there has 20not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.
"As it is written in the 21law of Moses, allthiscalamity has come on us; yet we have 22not gsought the favor of the LORD our God by 23turning from our iniquity and hgivingattention to Your truth.
"Therefore the LORD has i24kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is 25righteous with respect to all His deedswhich He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
"And now, O Lord our God, who have 26brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mightyhand and have 27made a name for Yourself, as it is thisday -we have sinned, we have beenwicked.
"O Lord, in accordance with all Your jrighteousacts, let now Your 28anger and Your wrathturnaway from Your cityJerusalem, Your 29holymountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a 30reproach to all those around us.
"So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for kYour sake, O Lord, 31let Your faceshine on Your 32desolatesanctuary.
"O my God, 33incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and 34see our desolations and the citywhich is 35called by Your name; for we are not l36presenting our supplicationsbefore You on account of many merits of our own, but on account of Your greatcompassion.
"O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and takeaction! For Your own sake, O my God, 37do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name."
Now while I was 38speaking and praying, and 39confessing my sin and the sin of my peopleIsrael, and npresenting my supplicationbefore the LORD my God in behalf of the holymountain of my God,
21while I was stillspeaking in prayer, then the man40Gabriel, whom I had seen in the visionopreviously, pcame to me qin my extremeweariness about the time of the 41eveningoffering.
He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, "O Daniel, I have nowcomeforth to give you insight with 42understanding.
"At the 43beginning of your supplications the rcommand was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are s44highlyesteemed; so giveheed to the message and gain45understanding of the vision.
24"Seventyt46weeks have been decreed for your people and your holycity, to ufinish the transgression, to vmake an end of sin, to 47makeatonement for iniquity, to bring in 48everlastingrighteousness, to seal up vision and wprophecy and to anoint the mostholy place.
"So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a x49decree to restore and rebuildJerusalemuntily50Messiah the 51Prince there will be sevenweeks and sixty-twoweeks; it will be builtagain, with zplaza and moat, even in times of distress.
"Then after the sixty-twoweeks the aaMessiah will be 52cutoff and havebbnothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will 53destroy the city and the sanctuary. And ccits end will come with a 54flood; even to the endddthere will be war; desolations are determined.
"And he will make a firmcovenant with the many for oneweek, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of ee55abominations will come one who ffmakesdesolate, even until a 56completedestruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who ggmakesdesolate."