11And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days.

Does it mean

  1. At 1,335th day
  2. After 1,335 days
  • (1335thDay) For in depth answer see #34254, Ray Grant's answer, or #34707, Ray Grant's answer. This Day was the final day of the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. when the Destruction of Jerusalem was finally over (except for a few 'mopping up operations). The war against the whole land of Judea lasted 1290 days, but there was one fortress hold-out that didn't surrender until the 1335th day.
    – ray grant
    Commented Jun 13, 2023 at 21:42

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It is unlikely that it means "After 1,335 days".

The word translated as "arrives at" in your translation is the word יגיע, which is a conjugation of the verb נגע (H5060), which is usually translated as "to reach" or "to touch".

To give a flavor, this word is also used in verses like:

Genesis 3:3 (NASB)

but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"

Genesis 28:12 (NASB)

He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

Ezekiel 7:12 (NASB)

The time has come, the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller mourn; for wrath is against all their multitude.

Thus it denotes the idea of making contact with something, but definitely not exceeding it, as would be needed to express the concept of "After 1,335 days". If the text had wanted to express the idea of "after", or "following", the word אחר (H310) likely would have been used (but it was not).

Hence, I think a more literal translation here might be "reaches the 1,335 days". In isolation, I think you could interpret this one of two ways:

  • upon reaching the beginning of a period of 1,335 days
  • upon reaching the end of a period of 1,335 days

If you believe that the start of the period of 1,290 days mentioned in the prior verse is the same as the start of the period of 1,335 days, then the first interpretation makes little sense, because there would be no waiting.

But if you believe the 1,335 days start after the 1,290 days, then either interpretation is plausible.

But in neither case does it mean "After 1,335 days" (some indefinite period surpassing the number of days indicated).

  • Thanks. This is what I had suspected from reading the english translation. Commented Sep 6, 2022 at 14:36

Destruction of Judea The answer to your question is made evident by recalling the event in which it transpired. The conquest of Judea by the Roman Legions lasted from 67-70 A.D, that is 1290 days (See Daniel 12, and Flavius Josephus, Wars of the Jews). After besieging the capitol, Jerusalem, and conquering the people, with the burning of the Temple, the War was almost over.

But one group of Zealots held out in the Upper City, in one of Herod's palaces, whose walls and towers were so thick that the Roman machines could never have broken through. General Titus waited it out...AND mysteriously, the rebels opened the gates and surrendered on the 1335th day of the war!!! The fighting then ceased; the war was over, except for a few mopping up operations.

So "blessed are those people" who made it through all the fighting to the end, with their lives still in tack!

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