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The people of Nineveh believed God. They decided to fast, and everyone, from the most important to the least important, dressed in sackcloth.

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he made this announcement and sent it throughout the city:

“This is an order from the king and his nobles: No one is to eat or drink anything. This includes all people, animals, cattle, and sheep.

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