9:21 yes, while I was still praying, 1 the man Gabriel, whom I had seen previously 2 in a vision, was approaching me in my state of extreme weariness, 3 around the time of the evening offering.
9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. 4
But in the middle of that week
he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt.
On the wing 5 of abominations will come 6 one who destroys,
until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.”
1 tn Heb “speaking in prayer.”
2 tn Heb “in the beginning.”
3 tn The Hebrew expression בִּיעָף מֻעָף (mu’af bi’af) is very difficult. The issue is whether the verb derives from עוּף (’uf, “to fly”) or from יָעַף (ya’af, “to be weary”). Many ancient versions and modern commentators take the first of these possibilities and understand the reference to be to the swift flight of the angel Gabriel in his coming to Daniel. The words more likely refer to the extreme weariness, not of the angel, but of Daniel. Cf. 7:28; 8:27; 10:8-9, 16-17; also NASB.
4 tn Heb “one seven” (also later in this line).
5 tn The referent of the Hebrew word כְּנַף (kÿnaf, “wing”) is unclear here. The LXX and Theodotion have “the temple.” Some English versions (e.g., NAB, NIV) take this to mean “a wing of the temple,” but this is not clear.
6 tn The Hebrew text does not have this verb, but it has been supplied in the translation for clarity.