9:23 At the beginning of your requests a message went out, and I have come to convey it to you, for you are of great value in God’s sight. 1 Therefore consider the message and understand the vision: 2
9:25 So know and understand:
From the issuing of the command 3 to restore and rebuild
there will be a period of seven weeks 6 and sixty-two weeks.
It will again be built, 7 with plaza and moat,
but in distressful times.
1 tn Or “a precious treasure”; KJV “greatly beloved”; NASB, NIV “highly esteemed.”
2 tn This sentence is perhaps a compound hendiadys (“give serious consideration to the revelatory vision”).
3 tn Or “decree” (NASB, NIV); or “word” (NAB, NRSV).
5 tn The word “arrives” is added in the translation for clarification.
sn The accents in the MT indicate disjunction at this point, which would make it difficult, if not impossible, to identify the “anointed one/prince” of this verse as messianic. The reference in v. 26 to the sixty-two weeks as a unit favors the MT accentuation, not the traditional translation. If one follows the MT accentuation, one may translate “From the going forth of the message to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until an anointed one, a prince arrives, there will be a period of seven weeks. During a period of sixty-two weeks it will again be built, with plaza and moat, but in distressful times.” The present translation follows a traditional reading of the passage that deviates from the MT accentuation.
7 tn Heb “it will return and be built.” The expression is a verbal hendiadys.