Daniel 9:20-27

Gabriel Brings an Answer

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, 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. He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 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

“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. 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. 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. 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.”

  1. Daniel 9:20 Lit causing to fall
  2. Daniel 9:21 Lit at the beginning
  3. Daniel 9:21 Lit was reaching; or touching
  4. Daniel 9:21 Lit wearied with weariness
  5. Daniel 9:23 Lit word went out
  6. Daniel 9:23 Lit desirable; or precious
  7. Daniel 9:24 Or units of seven, and so throughout the ch
  8. Daniel 9:24 Or restrain
  9. Daniel 9:24 Another reading is seal up sins
  10. Daniel 9:24 Lit prophet
  11. Daniel 9:25 Lit word
  12. Daniel 9:25 Or an anointed one
  13. Daniel 9:25 Or streets
  14. Daniel 9:26 Or anointed one
  15. Daniel 9:26 Or no one
  16. Daniel 9:26 Or his
  17. Daniel 9:26 Or war will be decreed for desolations
  18. Daniel 9:27 Or detestable things
  19. Daniel 9:27 Or causes horror
  20. Daniel 9:27 Or causes horror

Read More of Daniel 9

Daniel 10

Daniel Is Terrified by a Vision

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a [a]message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the [b]message was true and one of great [c]conflict, but he understood the [d]message and had an understanding of the vision.

In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. I did not eat any [e]tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great river, that is, the [f]Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz. His body also was like [g]beryl, his face [h]had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a [i]tumult. Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision; yet no strength was left in me, for my [j]natural color turned to [k]a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength. But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.

Daniel Comforted

Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my [l]hands and knees. He said to me, “O Daniel, man of [m]high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand [n]upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was [o]withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the [p]latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”

When he had spoken to me according to these words, I [q]turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And behold, [r]one who resembled a human being was touching my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who was standing before me, “O my lord, as a result of the vision [s]anguish has come upon me, and I have retained no strength. For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me.”

Then this one with human appearance touched me again and strengthened me. He said, “O man of [t]high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace [u]be with you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” Then he said, “Do you [v]understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the [w]prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the [x]prince of [y]Greece is about to come. However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who [z]stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince.

  1. Daniel 10:1 Lit word
  2. Daniel 10:1 Lit word
  3. Daniel 10:1 Or warfare
  4. Daniel 10:1 Lit word
  5. Daniel 10:3 Lit bread of desirability
  6. Daniel 10:4 Heb Hiddekel
  7. Daniel 10:6 Or yellow serpentine
  8. Daniel 10:6 Lit like
  9. Daniel 10:6 Or roaring
  10. Daniel 10:8 Lit splendor
  11. Daniel 10:8 Lit corruption
  12. Daniel 10:10 Lit knees and the palms of my hands
  13. Daniel 10:11 Lit desirability; or preciousness
  14. Daniel 10:11 Lit upon your standing
  15. Daniel 10:13 Lit standing opposite
  16. Daniel 10:14 Lit end of the days
  17. Daniel 10:15 Lit set
  18. Daniel 10:16 Lit as a likeness of sons of man
  19. Daniel 10:16 Lit my pains have
  20. Daniel 10:19 Lit desirability; or preciousness
  21. Daniel 10:19 Lit to you
  22. Daniel 10:20 Lit know
  23. Daniel 10:20 I.e. Satanic angel
  24. Daniel 10:20 I.e. Satanic angel
  25. Daniel 10:20 Heb Javan
  26. Daniel 10:21 Lit shows himself strong

Read More of Daniel 10

Daniel 11:1

Conflicts to Come

“In the first year of Darius the Mede, [a]I arose to be [b]an encouragement and a protection for him.

  1. Daniel 11:1 Lit my standing up was
  2. Daniel 11:1 Lit for a strengthener

Read More of Daniel 11