23 God thinks highly of you, and at the very moment you started praying, I was sent to give you the answer. 24 God has decided that for seventy weeks,[a] your people and your holy city must suffer as the price of their sins. Then evil will disappear, and justice will rule forever; the visions and words of the prophets will come true, and a most holy place will be dedicated.[b]
25 You need to realize that from the command to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Chosen Leader,[c] it will be seven weeks and another sixty-two weeks.[d] Streets will be built in Jerusalem, and a trench will be dug around the city for protection, but these will be difficult times.[e]
9.24seventy weeks: Or “seventy times seven years.”
9.24a most holy place will be dedicated: Or “God’s Holy One will appear.”
9.25the Chosen Leader: Or “a chosen leader.” In Hebrew the word “chosen” means “to pour oil (on someone’s head).” In Old Testament times it was the custom to pour oil on a person’s head when that person was chosen to be a priest or a king.
9.25seven weeks and another sixty-two weeks: Or “seven times seven years and another sixty-two times seven years.”
9.25it will be seven. . . difficult times: Or “it will be seven weeks. Then streets will be built in Jerusalem, and a trench will be dug around the city for protection. But Jerusalem will have difficult times for sixty-two weeks.”
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