20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and [a]presenting my supplication before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God,21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision [b]previously, [c]came to me [d]in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering.22 He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.23 At the beginning of your supplications the [e]command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are [f]highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.
Seventy Weeks and the Messiah
24 “Seventy [g]weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to [h]finish the transgression, to [i]make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and [j]prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a [k]decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until [l]Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with [m]plaza and moat, even in times of distress.26 Then after the sixty-two weeks the [n]Messiah will be cut off and have [o]nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And [p]its end will come with a flood; even to the end [q]there will be war; desolations are determined.27 And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of [r]abominations will come one who [s]makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who [t]makes desolate.”
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