Daniel 9:19 Index
"O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name."
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"...defer not..."

  • or "to delay," or "to hesitate." Daniel is anxious that the promised deliverance be no longer delayed. The Lord delights to have us appeal to Him in this way, asking Him to hasten His promised salvation. (4BC 850)
  • ...Such was the entreaty of a burdened heart (Psalms 51:17). Such were the words with which Daniel approached his God. He was acquainted with the Father, and knew that his words reached the throne of heaven (Job 22:21). Faith and prayer are the two arms which mortal man may entwine around the neck of Infinite Love. Christ stooped to listen, and hade Gabriel speed earthward (Daniel 9:20). We let go of the arm of the Lord too soon in our prayers. We should press still our petitions higher and still higher. God sometimes tests the strength of our desires by delaying an immediate answer. (SNH 140)

"...for thine own sake..."

  • The prophet now pleads the honor of the Lord's name as a reason why he desires his petition to be granted. He refers to the fact of the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, and the great renown that had accrued to the Lord's name for all His wonderful works manifested among them. All this would be lost, should He now abandon them to perish. Moses used the same argument in pleading for Israel. (Numbers 14). Not that God is moved with motives of ambition and vainglory; but when His people are jealous for the honor of His name, when they evince [manifest] their love for Him by pleading with Him to work, not for their own personal benefit, but for His own glory, that His name may not be reproached and blasphemed among the heathen, this is acceptable with Him. Daniel then intercedes for the city of Jerusalem, called by God's name, and His holy mountain, for which He has had such love, and beseeches Him, for His mercies' sake, to let His anger be turned away. Finally, his mind centers upon the holy sanctuary, God's own dwelling place upon this earth, and he pleads that its desolations may be repaired. (US 196)
  • Daniel understood the seventy years of captivity to be near their termination. From his allusion to the sanctuary, it is evident that he so far misunderstood the important vision given him in Daniel 8 as to suppose that the 2300 days expired at the same time. This misapprehension was at once corrected when the angle came to give him further instruction in answer to his prayer. (US 196)