16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; (A)do not eat or drink for (B)three days, night or day. I and my attendants also will fast in the same way. And then I will go in to the king, which is not in accordance with the law; and if I perish, I perish.”

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12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
(A)Return to Me with all your heart,
And with (B)fasting, weeping, and mourning;

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Protection of God Invoked

21 Then I proclaimed (A)a fast there at (B)the river of Ahava, to (C)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, “(D)The hand of our God is [c]favorably disposed to all who seek Him, but (E)His power and His anger are against all those who (F)abandon Him.” 23 So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He [d](G)listened to our pleading.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezra 8:21 Lit smooth way
  2. Ezra 8:22 Lit help
  3. Ezra 8:22 Lit upon all...for good
  4. Ezra 8:23 Lit was entreated by us

Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a (A)fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, removed his robe from himself, (B)covered himself with sackcloth, and sat on the [a]dust. And he issued a (C)proclamation, and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: No person, animal, herd, or flock is to taste anything. They are not to eat, or drink water. But every person and animal must be covered with sackcloth; and people are to (D)call on God vehemently, and they are to (E)turn, each one from his evil way, and from the violence which is in their hands. (F)Who knows, God may turn and relent, and turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish.”

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Footnotes

  1. Jonah 3:6 Or ashes