38 You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will consume you. 39 “‘As for the ones who remain among you, they will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies, and they will also rot away because of their ancestors’ iniquities which are with them. 40 However, when they confess their iniquity and their ancestors’ iniquities which they committed by trespassing against me, by which they also walked in hostility against me 41 (and I myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them into the land of their enemies), and then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquities, 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and also my covenant with Isaac and also my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.
18 Listen attentively, my God, and hear! Open your eyes and look on our desolated ruins and the city called by your name. For it is not because of our own righteous deeds that we are praying to you, but because your compassion is abundant. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, pay attention, and act! Don’t delay, for your own sake, O my God! For your city and your people are called by your name.” 20 While I was still speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and presenting my request before the Lord my God concerning his holy mountain— 21 yes, while I was still praying, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen previously in a vision, was approaching me in my state of extreme weariness, around the time of the evening offering. 22 He spoke with me, instructing me as follows: “Daniel, I have now come to impart understanding to you.
Notes and References
"... Many scholars consider the prayer of Daniel 9:1-19 an intrusion (e.g. Hartman & DiLella 1978:245), both due to its subject matter (a prayer of confession, reminiscent of the psalms of lament, rather than a plea for illumination) and due to its good classical Hebrew (the rest of the Hebrew of Daniel is difficult and contains a lot of Aramaisms; cf. Seow 2003:136). But even if the prayer is an adaptation from a different source, its central place in the book indicates that the author/editor put it there for a purpose (cf. Collins 1993:347). Daniel prays in fulfilment of the injunction in Leviticus 26:4038 (Collins 1993:347; cf. Wilson 1990:97; Bergsma 2007:21839). Smith-Christopher (1996:122) suggests that the prayer was included here because it links with the appearance of Gabriel later on. The angel appears because such prayers, usually accompanied by fasting and addressed to God, ‘are part of an exilic tradition of calling God to spiritual warfare’ and thus part and parcel of ‘diaspora life’ which ‘passed on into Scripture’ ... Daniel’s prayer is completed in verse 19. Whether or not he did expect an answer is a moot question, but he did nonetheless get one, which is recorded in verses 20-27 ..."
Linington, Silvia Anneliese Covenant In Daniel And The Dead Sea Scrolls: An Exposition Of Daniel 9-12 And Selected Sections Of The Damascus Document (CD), Community Rule (1QS), Hymns Scroll (1QHa) And War Scroll (1QM) (pp. 44-45) University of South Africa, 2014
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