16 “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a [a]safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions.22 For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to [b]protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, “The hand of our God is [c]favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him.”23 So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He [d]listened to our entreaty.
5 Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them.6 When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the [a]ashes.7 He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water.8 But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let [b]men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in [c]his hands.9 Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”
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