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17 “So now, our God, accept[a] the prayer and requests of your servant, and show favor to[b] your devastated sanctuary for your own sake.[c] 18 Listen attentively,[d] my God, and hear! Open your eyes and look on our desolated ruins[e] and the city called by your name.[f] For it is not because of our own righteous deeds that we are praying to you,[g] 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.”[h]

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  1. Daniel 9:17 tn Heb “hear.” Here the verb refers to hearing favorably, accepting the prayer and responding positively.
  2. Daniel 9:17 tn Heb “let your face shine.” This idiom pictures God smiling in favor. See Pss 31:16; 67:1; 80:3, 7, 19.
  3. Daniel 9:17 tn Heb “for the sake of my Lord.” Theodotion has “for your sake.” Cf. v. 19.
  4. Daniel 9:18 tn Heb “turn your ear.”
  5. Daniel 9:18 tn Heb “desolations.” The term refers here to the ruined condition of Judah’s towns.
  6. Daniel 9:18 tn Heb “over which your name is called.” Cf. v. 19. This expression implies that God is the owner of his city, Jerusalem. Note the use of the idiom in 2 Sam 12:28; Isa 4:1; Amos 9:12.
  7. Daniel 9:18 tn Heb “praying our supplications before you.”
  8. Daniel 9:19 tn Heb “for your name is called over your city and your people.” See the note on this expression in v. 18.

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