Daniel's Prayer for His People

91 In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes[1] (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian[2] kingdom-

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Daniel 9:1

Commentary on Daniel 9:1-3

(Read Daniel 9:1-3)

Daniel learned from the books of the prophets, especially from Jeremiah, that the desolation of Jerusalem would continue seventy years, which were drawing to a close. God's promises are to encourage our prayers, not to make them needless; and when we see the performance of them approaching, we should more earnestly plead them with God.