Daniel reads the prophecies of Jeremiah concerning the 70 year punishment of the Jews. He turns to God in prayer, and praises the Lord for His faithfulness, confessing the sins of the Jews’ disobedience. While praying to God, Daniel emphasizes the righteousness of the Lord contrasted with the sinfulness of His people. Daniel, an exile, admits that God’s punishment is just. He meditates on the scale and intensity of God’s punishment toward His people.
After confessing sin and praising God for His righteousness, Daniel asks the Lord to hear his prayer. He hopes that God will spare the Jews from further punishment, and restore them to Jerusalem. Gabriel, an angel from God, brings God’s answer to Daniel: Seventy “sevens” have been decreed. Not only will Jerusalem be rebuilt and restored, but God will send His Messiah, sin and transgressions will be finished, disobedience will be atoned for, prophecies will be finished, and righteousness will last forever. Before these final good things happen, the Messiah will be cut off and Jerusalem will be destroyed again. A prince will come and betray Israel, but will ultimately be destroyed. Then sin will be no more and righteousness will endure always.