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(A) years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting,(B) and in sackcloth and ashes.(C)

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:(D)

“Lord, the great and awesome God,(E) who keeps his covenant of love(F) with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned(G) and done wrong.(H) We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away(I) from your commands and laws.(J) We have not listened(K) to your servants the prophets,(L) who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors,(M) and to all the people of the land.

“Lord, you are righteous,(N) but this day we are covered with shame(O)—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered(P) us because of our unfaithfulness(Q) to you.(R) We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you.(S) The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving,(T) even though we have rebelled against him;(U) 10 we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets.(V) 11 All Israel has transgressed(W) your law(X) and turned away, refusing to obey you.

“Therefore the curses(Y) and sworn judgments(Z) written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned(AA) against you. 12 You have fulfilled(AB) the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster.(AC) Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like(AD) what has been done to Jerusalem.(AE) 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(AF) our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.(AG) 14 The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster(AH) on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does;(AI) yet we have not obeyed him.(AJ)

15 “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand(AK) and who made for yourself a name(AL) that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts,(AM) turn away(AN) your anger and your wrath(AO) from Jerusalem,(AP) your city, your holy hill.(AQ) Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn(AR) to all those around us.

17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor(AS) on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear,(AT) our God, and hear;(AU) open your eyes and see(AV) the desolation of the city that bears your Name.(AW) We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.(AX) 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive!(AY) Lord, hear and act! For your sake,(AZ) my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

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More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things?(A) If God is for us,(B) who can be against us?(C) 32 He who did not spare his own Son,(D) but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge(E) against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns?(F) No one. Christ Jesus who died(G)—more than that, who was raised to life(H)—is at the right hand of God(I) and is also interceding for us.(J) 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?(K) Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?(L) 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a](M)

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors(N) through him who loved us.(O) 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future,(P) nor any powers,(Q) 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God(R) that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.(S)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:22
  2. Romans 8:38 Or nor heavenly rulers