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Daniel 9 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Daniel’s Prayer

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:1 - In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes[fn] (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian[fn] kingdom—
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:2 - in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:3 - So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:4 - I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:5 - we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:6 - We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:7 - “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:8 - We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, LORD, because we have sinned against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:9 - The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:10 - we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:11 - All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. “Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:12 - You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to 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 sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:14 - The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:15 - “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:16 - Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:17 - “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:18 - Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:19 - Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

The Seventy “Sevens”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:20 - While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill—
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:21 - while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:22 - He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:23 - As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:24 - “Seventy ‘sevens’[fn] are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish[fn] transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:25 - “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One,[fn] the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:26 - After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.[fn] The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 9:27 - He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’[fn] In the middle of the ‘seven’[fn] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple[fn] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.[fn][fn]
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew Ahasuerus
Or Chaldean
Or ‘weeks’; also in verses 25 and 26
Or restrain
Or the most holy One
Or an anointed one; also in verse 26
Or death and will have no one; or death, but not for himself
Or ‘week’
Or ‘week’
Septuagint and Theodotion; Hebrew wing
Or it
Or And one who causes desolation will come upon the wing of the abominable temple, until the end that is decreed is poured out on the desolated city

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