9 1In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of
the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans,
first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the
years whereof the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah the prophet, for the
accomplishing of the desolations of Jerusalem, even seventy years.
set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with
fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
4And I prayed unto Jehovah my God, and
made confession, and said, Oh, Lord, the great and dreadful God, who keepeth
covenant and lovingkindness with them that love him and keep his
5we have sinned, and have dealt perversely, and have done
wickedly, and have rebelled, even turning aside from thy precepts and from
6neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the
prophets, that spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers,
and to all the people of the land.
7O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto
thee, but unto us confusion of face, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that
are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because
of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
8O Lord, to us
belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our
fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
9To the Lord our God belong
mercies and forgiveness; for we have rebelled against him;
we obeyed the voice of Jehovah our God, to walk in his laws, which he set
before us by his servants the prophets.
11Yea, all Israel have
transgressed thy law, even turning aside, that they should not obey thy
voice: therefore hath the curse been poured out upon us, and the oath that is
written in the law of Moses the servant of God; for we have sinned against
12And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and
against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil; for
under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
13As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us:
yet have we not entreated the favor of Jehovah our God, that we should turn
from our iniquities, and have discernment in thy truth.
Jehovah watched over the evil, and brought it upon us; for Jehovah our God is
righteous in all his works which he doeth, and we have not obeyed his voice.
15And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the
land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this
day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16O Lord, according to all
thy righteousness, let thine anger and thy wrath, I pray thee, be turned away
from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the
iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to
all that are round about us.
17Now therefore, O our God, hearken unto the
prayer of thy servant, and to his supplications, and cause thy face to shine
upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.
18O my God,
incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and
the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications
before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies' sake.
Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own
sake, O my God, because thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
20And while I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the
sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before Jehovah my God
for the holy mountain of my God;
21yea, while I was speaking in prayer,
the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused
to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
he instructed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth
to give thee wisdom and understanding.
23At the beginning of thy
supplications the commandment went forth, and I am come to tell thee; for
thou art greatly beloved: therefore consider the matter, and understand the
24Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy
city, to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make
reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and
to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy.
therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to
restore and to build Jerusalem unto the anointed one, the prince, shall be
seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: it shall be built again, with
street and moat, even in troublous times.
26And after the threescore and
two weeks shall the anointed one be cut off, and shall have nothing: and the
people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the
sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and even unto the end
shall be war; desolations are determined.
27And he shall make a firm
covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause
the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and upon the wing of abominations
shall come one that maketh desolate; and even unto the full end, and
that determined, shall wrath be poured out upon the desolate.