Daniel 9:5 Index
"We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:"
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"We have sinned..." (1 Kings 8:47; Psalm 106:6)

  • Daniel identifies himself with his people. There is no self-righteousness in his prayer. (4BC 849)
  • This man, whom heaven called "greatly beloved" (Daniel 9:23), in whom no fault could be found, even by his bitterest enemies, placed himself beneath the load of sin which was oppressing Israel. Bowed before God, he met the Father with the words, "We have sinned, and committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled" (Daniel 9:5); "neither have we hearkened unto Thy servants the prophets" (Daniel 9:6). "O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto Thee, but unto us confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned" (Daniel 9:7); "we have rebelled against Him" (Daniel 9:9) "neither have we obeyed" (Daniel 9:10); "the curse is poured upon us" (Daniel 9:11); "all this evil is come upon us, yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities" (Daniel 9:13); "we obeyed not His voice" (Daniel 9:14); "we have sinned, we have done wickedly" (Daniel 9:15); "because for our sins and for the iniquities of our fathers" (Daniel 9:16), "behold our desolations" (Daniel 9:18); "we do not present our supplications before Thee for our righteousnesses" (Daniel 9:18). ...Before the Father we have one, even Christ, who "hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows" (Isaiah 53:4), "who His own self bare our sins in His own body" (I Peter 2:24). Daniel was a representative of Christ, and he had lived so close to God, and knew Him so intimately, that the spirit which distinguished Christ from all others was manifested in Daniel also (2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:20). He was a true shepherd in Israel (Isaiah 60:2; John 10:11-17), and his prayer is a rebuke to all self-righteousness; a cutting rebuke to those who say by word or act, "I am holier than thou" (Isaiah 65:5). (SNH 139)