Daniel Chapter 9
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2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
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Matthew Henry's Daniel Chapter 9 Bible commentary...
Daniel considers the time of the captivity. (1-3) His confession of sin, and prayer. (4-19) The revelation concerning the coming of the Messiah. (20-27)1-3 Daniel learned from the books of the prophets, especially from Jeremiah, that the desolation of Jerusalem would continue seventy years, which were drawing to a close. God's promises are to encourage our prayers, not to make them needless; and when we see the performance of them approaching, we should more earnestly plead them with God.
4-19 In every prayer we must make confession, not only of the sins we have been guilty of, but of our faith in God, and dependence upon him, our sorrow for sin, and our resolutions against it. It must be our confession, the language of our convictions. Here is Daniel's humble, serious, devout address to God; in which he gives glory to him as a God to be feared, and as a God to be trusted. We should, in prayer, look both at God's greatness and his goodness, his majesty and mercy. Here is a penitent confession of sin, the cause of the troubles the people for so many years groaned under. All who would find mercy must thus confess their sins. Here is a self-abasing acknowledgment of the righteousness of God; and it is evermore the way of true penitents thus to justify God. Afflictions are sent to bring men to turn from their sins, and to understand God's truth. Here is a believing appeal to the mercy of God. It is a comfort that God has been always ready to pardon sin. It is encouraging to recollect that mercies belong to God, as it is convincing and humbling to recollect that righteousness belongs to him. There are abundant mercies in God, not only forgiveness, but forgivenesses. Here are pleaded the reproach God's people was under, and the ruins God's sanctuary was in. Sin is a reproach to any people, especially to God's people. The desolations of the sanctuary are grief to all the saints. Here is an earnest request to God to restore the poor captive Jews to their former enjoyments. O Lord, hearken and do. Not hearken and speak only, but hearken and do; do that for us which none else can do; and defer not. Here are several pleas and arguments to enforce the petitions. Do it for the Lord Christ's sake; Christ is the Lord of all. And for his sake God causes his face to shine upon sinners when they repent, and turn to him. In all our prayers this must be our plea, we must make mention of his righteousness, even of his only. The humble, fervent, believing earnestness of this prayer should ever be followed by us.
20-27 An answer was immediately sent to Daniel's prayer, and it is a very memorable one. We cannot now expect that God should send answers to our prayers by angels, but if we pray with fervency for that which God has promised, we may by faith take the promise as an immediate answer to the prayer; for He is faithful that has promised. Daniel had a far greater and more glorious redemption discovered to him, which God would work out for his church in the latter days. Those who would be acquainted with Christ and his grace, must be much in prayer. The evening offering was a type of the great sacrifice Christ was to offer in the evening of the world: in virtue of that sacrifice Daniel's prayer was accepted; and for the sake of that, this glorious discovery of redeeming love was made to him. We have, in verses #24-27|, one of the most remarkable prophecies of Christ, of his coming and his salvation. It shows that the Jews are guilty of most obstinate unbelief, in expecting another Messiah, so long after the time expressly fixed for his coming. The seventy weeks mean a day for a year, or 490 years. About the end of this period a sacrifice would be offered, making full atonement for sin, and bringing in everlasting righteousness for the complete justification of every believer. Then the Jews, in the crucifixion of Jesus, would commit that crime by which the measure of their guilt would be filled up, and troubles would come upon their nation. All blessings bestowed on sinful man come through Christ's atoning sacrifice, who suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Here is our way of access to the throne of grace, and of our entrance to heaven. This seals the sum of prophecy, and confirms the covenant with many; and while we rejoice in the blessings of salvation, we should remember what they cost the Redeemer. How can those escape who neglect so great salvation!
Lmorgan's Daniel Chapter 9 comment on 1/28/2014, 8:48pm...
Daniel is a hard book for me. Daniel fast and prayed. And that is what we should be doing.
I mehewe 1's Daniel Chapter 9 comment about verse 27 on 1/21/2014, 7:23pm...
When so called ison passed the Sun, it was a sign in Heaven that 1 year has passed to the day since the u.n. vote to +setup+ the dividing of the land of Jerusalem 11-29-2012.
REPENT! THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND!
LOOK & SEE WHAT IS & SHALL BE!
READ: Daniel chapter 7, 11 & 12
Revelations chapter 12 vers 12.
Luke chapter 21-vers20.
Then READ: u.n. general assembly GA/11317. A.S.A.P.
They stand against God in the vote. Read Daniel chp 11.
"Come out of her people of God"!
They are as the serpent in the Garden that says God shall not surely destroy them but He will destroy their lands! And they will weep and not be heard! And He sends His Angels to cast them into the pit that was made for the evil angels!
You have read this far and no longer have a cloak in this matter.
If you do not research it is your own heart you have to blame.
You have been told!
Sami's Daniel Chapter 9 comment about verse 27 on 1/05/2014, 3:50pm...
There are 2 person here in 9:24-27. The anointed one and the one who causes desolation. Jesus is not the one who destroy the Temple and the City and by causing desolation.
Robert Donaldson's Daniel Chapter 9 comment about verse 27 on 12/24/2013, 6:22pm...
This passage has many facets that do leave much to be pondered
One posting on a Christian forum I read where the writer says
Daniel 9:26 (KJV) and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;
This has an interesting statement that this prince is not Jesus but a prince of the temple to come ? For Jesus was no prince of the romans as i read that often this section of scripture is related they say to Christs first coming... to me at a quick glance this could be the coming evil man of perdition
Becky's Daniel Chapter 9 comment about verse 3 on 11/07/2013, 9:59am...
One giving all of oneself to God and leaving all worldly things behind. Denying self and turning self all to God.
Clayton's Daniel Chapter 9 comment on 10/26/2013, 8:52am...
I agree,A Powerful confession,Society as a whole can read those words,and exam their hearts.
J P Nash's Daniel Chapter 9 comment about verse 3 on 7/26/2013, 2:02pm...
without God's guidance we drift off in unsure directions. In Prayer we receive satisfaction to know that we have asked the Savior and in asking HIM we are sure that HIS will, will be done. If in doubt God can do then don't pray. Some prayers do take (in our estimation) a long time, but it is on time. Patience (waiting) can be hard.
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