Concerning Israel in the seventy weeks apportioned out to them
The year of the vision (about 538 B.C.)
In the first year of aDarius
the son of Ahasuerus, a Median descendant who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans,
The cause of the vision
In the first year of his reign
I, Daniel, understood by means of the 1Scriptures
the number of the years, which came as the word of Jehovah to Jeremiah the prophet, for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, that is
The way to obtain the vision
So I set my face toward the Lord God to 1seek Him
and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
And I prayed to Jehovah my God and confessed; and I said, Ah, Lord, the agreat
and awesome God, who keeps covenant and blovingkindness
with those who love Him and keep His commandments,
We have asinned
and have committed iniquity, and we have acted wickedly and rebelled, to the point of
even turning away from Your commandments and from Your judgments.
And we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our chief men, and our fathers, as well as to all the people of the land.
To You, Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us, shamefacedness, as it is this day, that is
, to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far off in all the lands to which You have driven them because of their trespass by which they have trespassed against You.
O Jehovah, to us belongs shamefacedness, to our kings, our chief men, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him;
And we have not obeyed the voice of Jehovah our God, to walk in His instruction, which He set before us through the hand of His servants the prophets.
Indeed, all Israel has transgressed Your law, to the point of
even turning away so as not to obey Your voice; thus the acurse
has been poured out upon us, the very oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.
And He has confirmed His words which He aspoke
against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us great ill; for under all heaven there has not been done anything like that which bhas
been done in Jerusalem.
As it is written in the law of Moses, all this ill has come upon us, yet we have not entreated the favor of Jehovah our God by turning from our iniquities and attending to Your truth.
Therefore Jehovah has been vigilant with the ill and has brought it upon us, for Jehovah our God is righteous in all the deeds that He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
And now, O Lord our God, who have abrought
Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made for Yourself a name, as it is this day, we have sinned, we have been wicked.
O Lord, in accordance with all the 1manifestations
of Your righteousness, may Your anger and Your wrath be turned away, I pray, from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy amountain
; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us.
And now hear, O our God, the prayer of Your servant and his supplications, and cause Your face to ashine
upon Your sanctuary that has been desolated, for the Lord’s sake.
O my God, incline Your ear and ahear
; open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city that is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You based upon any righteous doings that we have done, but based upon Your great compassion.
O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! Do not delay, for Your own sake, O my God; for Your city and Your people are called by Your own
And while I was still speaking and praying and aconfessing
my sin and the sin of my people Israel and presenting my supplication before Jehovah my God for the holy mountain of my God,
Even while I was speaking in prayer, the man 1aGabriel
, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, reached me in my
utter exhaustion about the time of the bevening
And he informed me
and talked with me and said, Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.
At the beginning of your supplications the command went forth, and I have come to tell you
, for you are apreciousness
itself. Therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
The contents of the vision — the seventy weeks
weeks are apportioned for your people and for your holy city, to close the transgression, and to 2make
an end of sins, and to make apropitiation
for iniquity, and to bring in the 3brighteousness
of the ages, and to 4seal
up vision and prophet, and to 5canoint
the Holy of Holies.
Know therefore and comprehend: From the issuing of the decree to arestore
and rebuild Jerusalem until the time of bMessiah
will be 1seven
weeks and 1sixty
-two weeks; it will be built again, with 2street
and trench, even in distressful times.
And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah will be 1acut
off and will have nothing; and the bpeople
of the 2prince
who will come will destroy the city and the csanctuary
; and the end of it will be with a flood, and even to the end there will be 3war
; desolations are determined.
will make a firm covenant with the many for one week; and in the amiddle
of the week he will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease and 2will
replace the sacrifice and the oblation with 3babominations
of the desolator, even until the complete destruction that has been determined is poured out upon the desolator.