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laws, which he set before us by his servants the 11 prophets. 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 12 sinned against him. 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 13 been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As
it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our in14 iquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not 15 his voice. And now, O Lord our God, that hast
brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have 16 done wickedly. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger 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 17 about us. Now, therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and
cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that 18 is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 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 righteous19 ness, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken, and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; 21 yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched 22 me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said,
O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee 23 skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications sentence was passed, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
Seventy weeks are decided upon thy people and upon thy holy city* to finish the apostacy,
He does not say that seventy weeks are decided upon thy people and upon thy holy city to make an end of them, but to make
to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophet, 25 and to anoint a Most Holy. Know therefore and understand from passing of sentence, that on the restoring of Jerusalem, so long as Messiah is Leader, there shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks it shall be restored, street and lane, and in the straitness of times. 26 But after the threescore and two weeks Messiah
shall make a covenant that shall not be with it; and the future people of the Leader shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and its destruction shall be overwhelming; and until the destruction 27 war is the sentence of desolations. Yet will He establish the covenant with many for one week: and on the division of the week he will cause sacrifice and meat-offering to cease and upon wing of the temple there shall be abominations of desolation, even until the sentenced extirpation be poured upon the desolation.
an end of sins, &c. The meaning of seventy weeks being decided upon Daniel's people and his holy city is, that seventy weeks is the time decided upon for the duration of the holy city before the things immediately afterwards mentioned take place, the age of the city being assumed as a date to go by, not that the city will be immediately afterwards destroyed.
THE THIRD VISION
THE KINGS OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH AND WILFUL KING.
X. 1. In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full 3 weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. 4 And in the four and twentieth day the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, 5 which is Hiddekel; then I lift up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of 6 Uphaz his body was like the beryl, and his face
as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his 7 words, like the voice of a multitude. And I Daniel saw the vision; for the men that were
with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide them8 selves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me for my comeliness was turned in me into 9 corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the 10 ground. And, behold, an hand touched me,
which set me upon my knees, and upon the palms 11 of my hands: and he said unto me, O Daniel,
a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for 13 thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of 14 Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand, what shall befal thy people in the latter 15 days for yet the vision is for many days. And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. 16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons