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)