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]26 At the end of the sixty-two weeks,[f] the Chosen Leader[g] will be killed and left with nothing.[h]
A foreign ruler and his army will sweep down like a mighty flood, leaving both the city and the temple in ruins, and war and destruction will continue until the end, just as God has decided. 27 For one week[i] this foreigner[j] will make a firm agreement with many people, and halfway through this week,[k] he will end all sacrifices and offerings. Then the “Horrible Thing” that causes destruction will be put there. And it will stay there until the time God has decided to destroy this one who destroys.
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.”
9.26sixty-two weeks: Or “sixty-two times seven years.”
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