Virtually all renditions of the 70 weeks prophecy have been tainted by
the 70 x 7 year perspective. A new rendering is necessary.
DANIEL 9:24-27 - REVISED
Daniel 9:24 Seventy 'weeks' are determined for your people and your
holy city, to restrain transgression, to seal up sins,
to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness,
to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy.
:25 Know then and understand from the issuing of the word
to turn and build Jerusalem, up until an anointed one,
a ruler, seven 'weeks' and sixty-two 'weeks'. Again
she will be built broad and golden even in times of
:26 And after the sixty and two 'weeks' shall be cut off an
anointed one and there will be nothing to him. And the city
and the sanctuary shall overthrow the people of an arriving
ruler. And his end with a flood, up until the end war;
desolations are decreed.
:27 And he shall cause to prevail a great covenant one week.
And in the middle of the week he shall make cease sacrifice
and offering and upon an extremity abominations, a desolator
up until a complete destruction. And as decreed she shall
be poured forth on the desolator.
CRITICAL CHANGES EXPLAINED
1) ''weeks'' - Strong's Ref 7620
The Hebrew word for 'weeks' found in verses 24 to 26 appears
in the masculine form. This is not the common Hebrew form of
this word. This masculine form means seventy groups of
(In the Hebrew text the word 'weeks' is mentioned prior to the
mention of the applicable number, eg "Weeks seventy ...".
This is not uncommon in Hebrew and apparently reflects that the
word 'weeks' carries greater importance than the number which
2) 'build' and 'built' - Strong's Ref 1129
Means to ‘build’; it can be translated ‘rebuild’, but this is
not its primary meaning. The word appears twice in verse 25.
[The renderings 'rebuild' and 'rebuilt' stem from the prior
perceived notion that the prophecy was talking about the
rebuilding which took place after the Babylonian captivity.]
3) 'turn' - Strong's Ref 7725
The Hebrew word means to ‘turn’, in the sense to ‘turn from’,
‘turn back’, ‘turn aside’ or ‘turn away’. This word does not
necessarily imply returning to a prior place or state.
When used as an adverb it means 'again'.
[This word is encountered twice in verse 25. In the first
instance it is commonly translated 'restore' and through
this rendering the meaning of the prophecy was also tainted.
The second instance of this word is commonly rendered 'again'
and this is alright.]
4) 'an anointed one' - Strong's Ref 4899
Some translations blatantly render an interpretation of the
prophecy by rendering this word as ‘Messiah’. The Hebrew word
is derived from Strong’s reference 4886 and means ‘anointed’.
[The word is found once in verse 25 and once in verse 26.
Particular care needs to be taken in respect to the verse
25 reference, which mentions 'an anointed one, a ruler'.
For while verse 26 appears to allude to be a positive
'anointed' entity, the same verse also mentions a
5) 'extremity' - Strong's 3671
Means ‘edge’ or ‘extremity’. When used in reference to an army
or bird it can be translated as 'wing'.
[This word needs to rendered without interpretation. Various
translations have guessed its meaning and this has not been
NON-CRITICAL CHANGES EXPLAINED
1) 'broad' - Strong's Ref 7339
Means ‘width’, 'avenue', 'street' or 'area'. It comes from 7337,
which means to broaden. It is translated ‘broad’ in the old KJV
in Song 3:2, Jer 5:1 and Nahm 2:4.
2) 'golden' - Strong's Ref 2742
The word is associated with a sharp edge used for digging. It
is sometimes rendered ‘threshing’ (ie threshing instrument) and
in the old KJV in Job 41:30 as ‘sharp pointed’. The word is also
rendered 'gold' in Psalm 68:13; Prov 3:14, 8:10,19; Prov 16:16;
Zech 9:3; because gold is dug with a sharp instrument.
The last portion of verse 26 discusses an entity being removed
by a flood. Most translations indicate the flood brings to an
end the city and the sanctuary, but in the Hebrew the entity
last mentioned is the 'ruler'. Grammatically it appears the
rendering "And his end ..." is to be preferred. (This view is
also supported by the latter part of verse 27.)
4) 'prevail' - Strong's Ref 1396
Means to ‘be strong’ or ‘strengthen’ and by implication means
5) 'great' - Strong's Ref 7227
Means ‘abundant’. It can be a reference to quantity or quality.
6) 'complete destruction' - Strong's 3617
This word means 'completion' and 'destruction'. It carries
the idea of a full and utter consummation. This word differs
from the Hebrew word for 'end' encountered twice in the latter
portion of verse 26.
Preconceived notions have inflicted significant damage upon all bible
translations of this text! The consequence of this has been to hide
from view another interpretation.
This interpretation is discussed further in the following pages.