Daniel 9:19

19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. 1Delay not, 2for your own sake, O my God, because 3your city and 4your people are called by your name."

Daniel 9:19 Meaning and Commentary

Daniel 9:19

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive
That is, hear the prayers and supplications that have been presented, and forgive the sins that have been confessed; show both, by removing present calamities, and restoring to former prosperity and privileges: O Lord, hearken, and do;
not only listen to what has been said, and give an answer by speaking, but work salvation and deliverance: defer not, for thine own sake, O my God;
these words seem to be directed to Christ the Son of God, and who is the true God, and the God of his people; who is three times in this verse before called Adonai, for whose sake prayer and supplication were made, ( Daniel 9:17 ) and here again, for his own sake, he is entreated not to "defer" the fulfilment of the promise of delivering the Jews from their captivity in Babylon, the seventy years being now up, or just expiring; and also that he would not defer his own coming for the redemption of his people, which no doubt Daniel had in his mind, and was wishing and waiting for: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name;
Jerusalem, the city of the great King, Christ, and a type of his church and people, who are also called by his name, and call upon him.

Daniel 9:19 In-Context

17 Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord,make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.
18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name."
20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God,
21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 40:17; Psalms 70:5
  • 2. Psalms 25:11; Psalms 79:9
  • 3. [See ver. 18 above]
  • 4. Jeremiah 14:9
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