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23 The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.

24 “A period of seventy sets of seven[a] has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.[b] 25 Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven[c] will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One[d]—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses,[e] despite the perilous times.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:24a Hebrew seventy sevens.
  2. 9:24b Or the Most Holy One.
  3. 9:25a Hebrew Seven sevens plus sixty-two sevens.
  4. 9:25b Or an anointed one; similarly in 9:26. Hebrew reads a messiah.
  5. 9:25c Or and a moat, or and trenches.

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