MemberMay 18, 2021 at 10:53 pm
The NIV contains a very unfortunate translation here. It gives the totally wrong idea. Here is the ESV: I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
Notice the NIV says the entire period of desolation would last 70 years. That is not what the original text says. It says the fulfillment of the 70 year period would be the end of the time Jerusalem would be uninhabited. This can be easily checked in a Hebrew interlinear. The ESV captures this sense much more accurately.
There is no other 70 year period described. It is the same reference to Jeremiah’s words as in IIChronicles.
I wrote an entire book describing all these issues in very much detail.