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Daniel 9 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Daniel’s Prayer for His People

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:1 -

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:2 - 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 Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:3 - So I gave my [fn]attention to the Lord God, to seek Him by prayer and pleading, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:4 - I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed, and said, “Oh, Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and faithfulness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:5 - we have sinned, we have done wrong, and [fn]acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:6 - “Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our leaders, our fathers, and all the people of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:7 -

“Righteousness belongs to You, Lord, but to us [fn]open 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 all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:8 - [fn]Open shame belongs to us, LORD, to our kings, our leaders, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:9 - “To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, [fn]because we have rebelled against Him;
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:10 - and we have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His [fn]teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:11 - “Indeed, all Israel has violated Your Law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse has gushed forth on us, along with the oath which is written in the Law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:12 - “So He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our [fn]rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great disaster; for under the entire heaven there has not been done anything like what was done in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:13 - “Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us; yet we have not [fn]sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our wrongdoing and [fn]giving attention to Your truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:14 - “So the LORD has [fn]kept the disaster in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:15 -

“And now, Lord, our God, You who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made a name for Yourself, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have been wicked.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:16 - “Lord, in accordance with all Your [fn]righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the wrongdoings of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become an object of taunting to all those around us.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:17 - “So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his pleas, and for [fn]Your sake, Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:18 - “My God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not [fn]presenting our pleas before You based on [fn]any merits of our own, but based on Your great compassion.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:19 - “Lord, hear! Lord, forgive! Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

Gabriel Brings an Answer

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:20 -

While I was still speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and [fn]presenting my plea before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:21 - while I was still speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision [fn]previously, [fn]came to me [fn]in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:22 - And he instructed me and talked with me and said, “Daniel, I have come now to give you insight with understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:23 - “At the beginning of your pleas the [fn]command was issued, and I have come to tell you, because you are [fn]highly esteemed; so pay attention to the message and gain understanding of the vision.

Seventy Weeks and the Messiah

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:24 -

“Seventy [fn]weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to [fn]finish the wrongdoing, to [fn]make an end of sin, to make atonement for guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and [fn]prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:25 - “So you are to know and understand that from the issuing of a [fn]decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, until [fn]Messiah the Prince, there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with [fn]streets and moat, even in times of distress.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:26 - “Then after the sixty-two weeks, the [fn]Messiah will be cut off and have [fn]nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And [fn]its end will come with a flood; even to the end [fn]there will be war; desolations are determined.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:27 - “And he will confirm a 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 [fn]abominations will come the one who [fn]makes desolate, until a complete destruction, one that is [fn]decreed, gushes forth on the one who [fn]makes desolate.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit face
Or made ourselves guilty
Lit the shame of face
Lit The shame of face
Or though
Or laws
Lit judges who judged us
Lit softened the face of
Or having insight into
Lit watched over the evil
Lit righteousnesses
Lit the sake of the Lord
Lit casting down
Lit our righteousnesses
Lit casting down
Lit at the beginning
Lit was reaching; or touching
Or in swift flight
Lit word went out
Lit desirable; or precious
Or units of seven, and so throughout the ch
Or bring to an end
Another reading is seal up sins
Lit prophet
Lit word
Or an anointed one
Or city square
Or anointed one
Or no one
Or his
Or war will be decreed for desolations
Or detestable things
Or causes horror
Or determined
Or causes horror

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