18 (A)O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see (B)our desolations, and (C)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. (D)Delay not, (E)for your own sake, O my God, because (F)your city and (G)your people are called by your name.”

Gabriel Brings an Answer

20 (H)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 (I)the holy hill of my God, 21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man (J)Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, (K)came to me in swift flight at (L)the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 (M)He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you (N)insight and understanding. 23 (O)At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, (P)and I have come to tell it to you, for (Q)you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word (R)and understand the vision.

The Seventy Weeks

24 (S)“Seventy weeks[a] are decreed about your people and (T)your holy city, to finish (U)the transgression, to put an end to sin, (V)and to atone for iniquity, (W)to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and (X)to anoint a most holy place.[b] 25 (Y)Know therefore and understand that (Z)from the going out of the word to restore and (AA)build Jerusalem to the coming of an (AB)anointed one, a (AC)prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again[c] with squares and moat, (AD)but in a troubled time. 26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall (AE)be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come (AF)shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. (AG)Its[d] end shall come with a flood, (AH)and to the end there shall be war. (AI)Desolations are decreed. 27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week,[e] and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. (AJ)And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until (AK)the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

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  1. Daniel 9:24 Or sevens; also twice in verse 25 and once in verse 26
  2. Daniel 9:24 Or thing, or one
  3. Daniel 9:25 Or there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It shall be built again
  4. Daniel 9:26 Or His
  5. Daniel 9:27 Or seven; twice in this verse

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