Daniel 9:4 Index
"And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, 'O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;'"
Research Material

"...I prayed unto the LORD my God..."

  • No doubt Daniel had studied the promise of Jeremiah 18:6-10 and understood that the fulfillment of God's promises to the children of Israel were dependent upon their obedience to Him. Daniel was concerned that because of the lack of true repentance, God would lengthen their time of captivity and defer His promise to restore them to their homeland. In response, Daniel prayed one of the most outstanding prayers recorded in Scripture. (KC 107-109)
  • Daniel 9:4-19records one of the outstanding prayers of the Old Testament. It is a prayer on behalf of the people of God, offered by a sincere petitioner. (4BC 849)
  • We here have the opening of Daniel's wonderful prayer, a prayer expressing such humiliation and contrition of heart that one must be without feeling who can read it unmoved. He begins by acknowledging the faithfulness of God, who never fails in any of His engagements with His followers. It was not from any lack of God's part in defending and upholding them, that the Jews were then in captivity, but only on account of their sins. (US 194)

"...O Lord, the great and dreadful God..." (Nehemiah 1:5; 9:32; Psalm 111:9)

  • Better translation is "awe-inspiring" or "revered." (4BC 849)

"...keeping the covenant..."

  • Daniel begins his prayer with an acknowledgment of the faithfulness of God. God never fails to keep His promises. He is a covenant-keeping God. He will fulfill His part of the agreement. If the covenant fails, man is to blame (Hebrews 8:8). (4BC 849)

"...mercy to them that love Him..."

  • Love to God and the keeping of His commandments always go together. Those who love God are admonished to demonstrate that love by keeping His commandments (John 14:15). The one essential carries the other with it. Love for God will result in glad and willing obedience. The true church at the close of time will be distinguished by its commandment keeping [people] (Revelation 12:17). (4BC 849)