Return to the Lord

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

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16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for (A)three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, (B)and if I perish, I perish.”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Esther 4:16 Hebrew if I am destroyed, then I will be destroyed

15 And Jesus said to them, (A)“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? (B)The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and (C)then they will fast.

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(A)Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, (B)so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

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