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Daniel 9:1-27

9  In the year one of Darius the son of Xerxes, of Median blood, who had been installed as king over the Chaldean kingdom, 2  —in the year one of his reign I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which it was Jehovah’s word to the prophet Jeremiah should be filled out for Jerusalem’s lying waste, seventy years; 3  and I turned my face toward the Lord God to put up prayer and supplication with fasting and sackcloth and ashes; 4  and I prayed to my God Jehovah and made confession and said “Ah, Lord, great and terrible Deity, keeper of covenant and friendship for those who love you and keep your commandments, 5  we have been sinful and guilty and wrong and rebellious and gone off from your commandments and laws 6  and not listened to your servants the prophets who spoke in your name to our kings, our generals, and our fathers and to all the populace. 7  For you, Lord, is the right, but for us shame of face, as we have it this day, for the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away in all the countries into which you banished them for their unfaithfulness that they had committed against you. 8  Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our generals, and our fathers, that they sinned against you; 9  to the Lord our God belong tenderheartedness and forgiveness though we have rebelled against him 10  and have not obeyed our God Jehovah, going by his instructions that he set before us by his servants the prophets, 11  and all Israel have overstepped your covenant and gone wrong, not obeying you. And the imprecation and oath that are written in the code of God’s servant Moses were poured out on us because we had sinned against him, 12  and he made good his words that he had spoken against us and our judges who judged us, bringing upon us such a great disaster that there has never been done under all the sky the like of what was done at Jerusalem; 13  as there was written in Moses’s code all this disaster, it has come upon us. And we did not propitiate Jehovah by turning back from our guilty ways and considering your truth, 14*  and Jehovah attended to the disaster and brought it upon us. For our God Jehovah is in the right as to all that he has done, and we did not obey him. 15  “But now, Lord our God, who brought your people out from Egypt with strong hand and made yourself famous as at this day,—we have sinned, we are in the wrong, 16  —Lord, to agree with all your right-doing, let your anger and exasperation turn back from your city Jerusalem, your sacred mountain, because by our sins and the guilts of our fathers Jerusalem and your people have become a butt for taunts from all who are around them; 17*  but now, our God, listen to your servant’s prayer and supplication and show a shining face toward your desolated sanctuary for your own sake, Lord. 18  Bend your ear, my God, and hear; open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that wears your name, because it is not for our right-doings that we are laying our supplication before you but for your great tenderheartedness. 19  Lord, hear! Lord, forgive! Lord, listen and act! do not delay, my God, because your city and your people wear your name.” 20  And while I was still speaking and praying and making confession of my sin and the sin of my people Israel and laying my appeal before my God Jehovah for my God’s sacred mountain, 21*  —while I was still speaking in prayer the man Gabriel whom I had seen brought flying in the vision I had had at the beginning came up to me in his flying at the time of the evening oblation, 22*  and came in and spoke to me and said “Daniel, I have now come out to enlighten you with insight. 23  At the beginning of your supplications word went out, and I have come to make the announcement, because you are a favorite. Understand the word and see the point of the apparition: 24*  seventy sevens are marked off as to your people and your sacred city for finishing crime and getting through with sin and purging guilt and bringing in eternal righteousness and sealing vision and prophet and anointing a holiest of the holy. 25***  And you are to know and see the point: from the going out of word to bring back and rebuild Jerusalem to a Warden Anointed is seven sevens; and for sixty-two sevens it will be coming back and being rebuilt, square and moat. And in the hard pinch of the times, 26****  and after the sixty-two sevens, there will cease to be an Anointed, and the city and the sanctuary will be ravaged by the people of a warden, him who comes in; and the end of him will be with a flood; and to the end of war desolations are fated; 27*  and he will put a covenant in force for the many for one seven; and for half the seven he will bring sacrifice and meal-offering to a stop; and on a wing there will be an appalling disgustment, and so till a finish and a fate to be poured out on an appalling one.


9:14 Lit. all his deeds that he has done
9:17 Var. for the Lord’s sake Var. for your servants’ sake, Lord Var. for your name’s sake, Lord
9:21 Lit. had seen in the vision at the beginning made to fly (or fatigued) in exhaustion came up to me at the time of
9:22 Var. oblation, and explained and spoke to me and
9:24-27 Unc.
9:25 Conj.* to repeople and rebuild
9:25 Conj. be getting repeopled and being rebuilt
9:25 Conj. square and street
9:26 Lit. Anointed shall be cut off and there shall not be for him
9:26 Lit. the city and the sanctuary the people of a warden, him who comes in, will ravage (or destroy or corrupt)
9:26 Or be destroyed or be corrupted
9:26 Var. warden, and the end of him will come with
9:27 The words appalling disgustment are probably a scornful burlesque of the name of a certain heathen god