Daniel 9

Daniel's Prayer for His People

1 In the first year of 1Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans -
2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to 2Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, 3seventy years.
3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.
4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, "Alas, O Lord, the 4great and awesome God, who 5keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
6 "Moreover, we have not 9listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.
7 "10Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us 11open shame, as it is this day -to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in 12all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You.
8 "Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
9 "To the Lord our God belong 13compassion and forgiveness, for we have 14rebelled against Him;
10 nor have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His teachings which He 15set before us through His servants the prophets.
11 "Indeed 16all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the 17curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.
12 "Thus He has 18confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our 19rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has 20not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem.
13 "As it is written in the 21law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have 22not sought the favor * of the LORD our God by 23turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth.
14 "Therefore the LORD has 24kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is 25righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
15 "And now, O Lord our God, who have 26brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have 27made a name for Yourself, as it is this day -we have sinned, we have been wicked.
16 "O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your 28anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your 29holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a 30reproach to all those around us.
17 "So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, 31let Your face shine on Your 32desolate sanctuary.
18 "O my God, 33incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and 34see our desolations and the city which is 35called by Your name; for we are not 36presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.
19 "O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, 37do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name."

Gabriel Brings an Answer

20 Now while I was 38speaking and praying, and 39confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,
21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man 40Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the 41evening offering.
22 He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with 42understanding.
23 "At the 43beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are 44highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain 45understanding of the vision.

Seventy Weeks and the Messiah

24 "Seventy 46weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to 47make atonement for iniquity, to bring in 48everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25 "So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a 49decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until 50Messiah the 51Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two * weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
26 "Then after the sixty-two * weeks the Messiah will be 52cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will 53destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a 54flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
27 "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of 55abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a 56complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."
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