Daniel's Prayer for His People

Daniel 9

1 In the first year a of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans - 2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through b Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

3 c Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, "O d Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 e "we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. 6 f "Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. 7 "O Lord, g righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day - to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You. 8 "O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. 9 h "To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. 10 "We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. 11 "Yes, i all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the j Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him. 12 "And He has k confirmed His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; l for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 m "As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; n yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand Your truth. 14 "Therefore the LORD has o kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for p the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice. 15 "And now, O Lord our God, q who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made Yourself r a name, as it is this day - we have sinned, we have done wickedly!

16 "O Lord, s according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, t Your holy mountain; because for our sins, u and for the iniquities of our fathers, v Jerusalem and Your people w are a reproach to all those around us. 17 "Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, x and y for the Lord's sake 1 cause Your face to shine on 2 Your sanctuary, z which is desolate. 18 a "O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes b and see our desolations, and the city c which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19 "O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name."

  1. Cross References
    Daniel 1:21
    Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.
  2. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 36:21
    To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of...
    Ezra 1:1
    Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, ...
    Jeremiah 25:11
    And this whole land shall be a desolation and a...
    Jeremiah 25:12
    Then it will come to pass, when seventy years a...
    Jeremiah 29:10
    For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are...
    Zechariah 7:5
    Say to all the people of the land, and to the p...
  3. Cross References
    Nehemiah 1:4
    So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
    Daniel 6:10
    Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
    Daniel 10:15
    When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless.
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 20:6
    But showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
  5. Cross References
    1 Kings 8:47
    Yet when they come to themselves in the land wh...
    1 Kings 8:48
    And when they return to You with all their hear...
    Nehemiah 9:33
    However You are just in all that has befallen u...
    Psalms 106:6
    We have sinned with our fathers, We have commit...
    Isaiah 64:5 - 7
    You meet him who rejoices and does righteousnes...
    Jeremiah 14:7
    O LORD, though our iniquities testify against u...
  6. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 36:15
    And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.
    Jeremiah 44:4
    'However I have sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, "Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate!"
    Jeremiah 44:5
    But they did not listen or incline their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense to other gods.
  7. Cross References
    Nehemiah 9:33
    However You are just in all that has befallen us; For You have dealt faithfully, But we have done wickedly.
  8. Cross References
    Nehemiah 9:17
    They refused to obey, And they were not mindful of Your wonders That You did among them. But they hardened their necks, And in their rebellion They appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.
    Psalms 130:4
    But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.
    Psalms 130:7
    O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:3 - 6
    The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master's crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.
    Jeremiah 8:5 - 10
    Why has this people slidden back, Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return.
  10. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:14
    But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments.
    Nehemiah 1:6
    Please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father's house and I have sinned.
    Psalms 106:6
    We have sinned with our fathers, We have committed iniquity, We have done wickedly.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 44:26
    Who confirms the word of His servant, And performs the counsel of His messengers; Who says to Jerusalem, 'You shall be inhabited,' To the cities of Judah, 'You shall be built,' And I will raise up her waste places.
    Jeremiah 44:2 - 6
    Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 'You have seen all the calamity that I have brought on Jerusalem and on all the cities of Judah; and behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them.
    Lamentations 2:17
    The LORD has done what He purposed; He has fulfilled His word Which He commanded in days of old. He has thrown down and has not pitied, And He has caused an enemy to rejoice over you; He has exalted the horn of your adversaries.
    Zechariah 1:6
    Yet surely My words and My statutes, Which I commanded My servants the prophets, Did they not overtake your fathers? "So they returned and said: 'Just as the LORD of hosts determined to do to us, According to our ways and according to our deeds, So He has dealt with us.' " '
  12. Cross References
    Lamentations 1:12
    Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Behold and see If there is any sorrow like my sorrow, Which has been brought on me, Which the LORD has inflicted In the day of His fierce anger.
    Lamentations 2:13
    How shall I console you? To what shall I liken you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I compare with you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is spread wide as the sea; Who can heal you?
    Ezekiel 5:9
    And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations.
    Amos 3:2
    "You only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities."
  13. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:14 - 45
    But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments.
    Deuteronomy 28:15 - 68
    But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
    Lamentations 2:17
    The LORD has done what He purposed; He has fulfilled His word Which He commanded in days of old. He has thrown down and has not pitied, And He has caused an enemy to rejoice over you; He has exalted the horn of your adversaries.
  14. Cross References
    Job 36:13
    But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath; They do not cry for help when He binds them.
    Isaiah 9:13
    For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them, Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
    Jeremiah 2:30
    In vain I have chastened your children; They received no correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion.
    Hosea 7:7
    They are all hot, like an oven, And have devoured their judges; All their kings have fallen. None among them calls upon Me.
  15. Cross References
    Jeremiah 31:28
    And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the LORD.
    Jeremiah 44:27
    Behold, I will watch over them for adversity and not for good. And all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, until there is an end to them.
  16. Cross References
    Nehemiah 9:33
    However You are just in all that has befallen us; For You have dealt faithfully, But we have done wickedly.
  17. Cross References
    Exodus 32:11
    Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, and said: "LORD, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
    1 Kings 8:51
    (for they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, out of the iron furnace).
    Nehemiah 1:10
    Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand.
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 14:18
    "Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen."
    Nehemiah 9:10
    You showed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants, And against all the people of his land. For You knew that they acted proudly against them. So You made a name for Yourself, as it is this day.
    Jeremiah 32:20
    You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, to this day, and in Israel and among other men; and You have made Yourself a name, as it is this day.
  19. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:7
    Now therefore, stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous acts of the LORD which He did to you and your fathers:
    Psalms 31:1
    In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.
    Micah 6:4
    For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I redeemed you from the house of bondage; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
    Micah 6:5
    O My people, remember now What Balak king of Moab counseled, And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, From Acacia Grove to Gilgal, That you may know the righteousness of the LORD.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 87:1 - 3
    His foundation is in the holy mountains.
    Daniel 9:20
    Now while I was speaking, 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.
    Joel 3:17
    "So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, Dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, And no aliens shall ever pass through her again."
    Zechariah 8:3
    "Thus says the LORD: 'I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the LORD of hosts, The Holy Mountain.'
  21. Cross References
    Exodus 20:5
    You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 122:6
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you.
    Jeremiah 29:7
    And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
    Lamentations 2:16
    All your enemies have opened their mouth against you; They hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, "We have swallowed her up! Surely this is the day we have waited for; We have found it, we have seen it! #8221.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 79:4
    We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and derision to those who are around us.
  24. Cross References
    Numbers 6:24 - 26
    The LORD bless you and keep you.
    Psalms 80:3
    Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
    Psalms 80:7
    Restore us, O God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
    Psalms 80:19
    Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
  25. Cross References
    Lamentations 5:18
    Because of Mount Zion which is desolate, With foxes walking about on it.
  26. Cross References
    John 16:24
    Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
  27. Cross References
    Isaiah 37:17
    Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.
  28. Cross References
    Exodus 3:7
    And the LORD said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
  29. Cross References
    Jeremiah 25:29
    "For behold, I begin to bring calamity on the city which is called by My name, and should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished, for I will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth," says the LORD of hosts.'
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