Daniel's Prayer for His People

(A)In the first year of (B)Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a (C)Mede, who was made king over the realm of the (D)Chaldeans— in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to (E)the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.

Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by (F)prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and (G)made confession, saying, (H)“O Lord, the (I)great and awesome God, who (J)keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, (K)we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly (L)and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. (M)We have not listened to (N)your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to (O)our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To you, (P)O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, (Q)those who are near and (R)those who are far away, in (S)all the lands to which you have driven them, because of (T)the treachery that they have committed against you. To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because (U)we have sinned against you. (V)To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him 10 (W)and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by (X)his servants the prophets. 11 (Y)All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, (Z)refusing to obey your voice. (AA)And the curse and oath (AB)that are written in the Law of (AC)Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because (AD)we have sinned against him. 12 He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against (AE)our rulers who ruled us,[a] by (AF)bringing upon us a great calamity. (AG)For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem. 13 (AH)As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, (AI)turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. 14 (AJ)Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, (AK)for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and (AL)we have not obeyed his voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt (AM)with a mighty hand, and (AN)have made a name for yourself, as at this day, (AO)we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

16 “O Lord, (AP)according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, (AQ)your holy hill, (AR)because for our sins, and for (AS)the iniquities of our fathers, (AT)Jerusalem and your people have become (AU)a byword among all who are around us. 17 Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord,[b] (AV)make your face to shine upon (AW)your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 (AX)O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see (AY)our desolations, and (AZ)the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. (BA)Delay not, (BB)for your own sake, O my God, because (BC)your city and (BD)your people are called by your name.”

Gabriel Brings an Answer

20 (BE)While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God for (BF)the holy hill of my God, 21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man (BG)Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, (BH)came to me in swift flight at (BI)the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 (BJ)He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you (BK)insight and understanding. 23 (BL)At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, (BM)and I have come to tell it to you, for (BN)you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word (BO)and understand the vision.

The Seventy Weeks

24 (BP)“Seventy weeks[c] are decreed about your people and (BQ)your holy city, to finish (BR)the transgression, to put an end to sin, (BS)and to atone for iniquity, (BT)to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and (BU)to anoint a most holy place.[d] 25 (BV)Know therefore and understand that (BW)from the going out of the word to restore and (BX)build Jerusalem to the coming of an (BY)anointed one, a (BZ)prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again[e] with squares and moat, (CA)but in a troubled time. 26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall (CB)be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come (CC)shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. (CD)Its[f] end shall come with a flood, (CE)and to the end there shall be war. (CF)Desolations are decreed. 27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week,[g] and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. (CG)And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until (CH)the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

Daniel's Terrifying Vision of a Man

10 (CI)In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, (CJ)who was named Belteshazzar. And (CK)the word was true, and it was a great conflict.[h] And (CL)he understood the word and (CM)had understanding of the vision.

In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for (CN)three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I (CO)anoint myself at all, for (CP)the full three weeks. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing (CQ)on the bank of the great river ((CR)that is, the Tigris) (CS)I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, (CT)a man clothed in linen, (CU)with a belt of fine (CV)gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like (CW)beryl, his face (CX)like the appearance of lightning, (CY)his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and (CZ)legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and (DA)the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. (DB)And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and (DC)no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed,[i] (DD)and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words, (DE)and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep (DF)with my face to the ground.

10 And behold, (DG)a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, (DH)man greatly loved, (DI)understand the words that I speak to you, and (DJ)stand upright, for (DK)now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12 Then he said to me, (DL)“Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you (DM)set your heart to understand and (DN)humbled yourself before your God, (DO)your words have been heard, (DP)and I have come because of your words. 13 (DQ)The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me (DR)twenty-one days, but (DS)Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, 14 (DT)and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people (DU)in the latter days. For (DV)the vision is for days yet to come.”

15 When he had spoken to me according to these words, (DW)I turned my face toward the ground (DX)and was mute. 16 And behold, (DY)one in the likeness of the children of man (DZ)touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and (EA)I retain no strength. 17 How can my lord's servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.”

18 Again (EB)one having the appearance of a man (EC)touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, (ED)“O man greatly loved, (EE)fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” 20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the (EF)prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of (EG)Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you (EH)what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except (EI)Michael, your prince.

The Kings of the South and the North

11 “And as for me, (EJ)in the first year of (EK)Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him.


  1. Daniel 9:12 Or our judges who judged us
  2. Daniel 9:17 Hebrew for the Lord's sake
  3. Daniel 9:24 Or sevens; also twice in verse 25 and once in verse 26
  4. Daniel 9:24 Or thing, or one
  5. Daniel 9:25 Or there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It shall be built again
  6. Daniel 9:26 Or His
  7. Daniel 9:27 Or seven; twice in this verse
  8. Daniel 10:1 Or and it was about a great conflict
  9. Daniel 10:8 Hebrew My splendor was changed to ruin

Warning Concerning Antichrists

18 Children, (A)it is the last hour, and as you have heard that (B)antichrist is coming, so now (C)many antichrists have come. (D)Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 (E)They went out from us, but they were not of us; for (F)if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, (G)that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been (H)anointed by (I)the Holy One, and (J)you all have knowledge.[a] 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but (K)he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is (L)the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 (M)No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let (N)what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then (O)you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us[b](P)eternal life.

26 I write these things to you about (Q)those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But (R)the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and (S)you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and (T)is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

Children of God

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that (U)when he appears (V)we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his (W)coming. 29 If you know that (X)he is righteous, you may be sure that (Y)everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

See (Z)what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called (AA)children of God; and so we are. The reason why (AB)the world does not know us is that (AC)it did not know him. Beloved, we are (AD)God's children (AE)now, and what we will be (AF)has not yet appeared; but we know that (AG)when he appears[c] (AH)we shall be like him, because (AI)we shall see him as he is. And everyone who (AJ)thus hopes in him (AK)purifies himself as he is pure.

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; (AL)sin is lawlessness. You know that (AM)he appeared in order to (AN)take away sins, and (AO)in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; (AP)no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.


  1. 1 John 2:20 Some manuscripts you know everything
  2. 1 John 2:25 Some manuscripts you
  3. 1 John 3:2 Or when it appears

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of (A)Ascents.

121 I (B)lift up my eyes to (C)the hills.
    From where does my help come?
(D)My help comes from the Lord,
    who (E)made heaven and earth.

He will not (F)let your foot be moved;
    he who (G)keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your (H)shade on your (I)right hand.
(J)The sun shall not (K)strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will (L)keep you from all evil;
    he will (M)keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your (N)going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

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27 Whoever (A)gives to the poor will not want,
    but he who (B)hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28 When (C)the wicked rise, (D)people hide themselves,
    but when they perish, the righteous increase.

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