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27 (A)“Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.

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32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall [a]afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall [b]celebrate your sabbath.”

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 23:32 humble yourselves
  2. Leviticus 23:32 observe your sabbath

Fasting and Prayer for Protection

21 Then I (A)proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might (B)humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the (C)right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.

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‘Why(A) have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?
Why have we (B)afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’

“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,
And [a]exploit all your laborers.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:3 Lit. drive hard

Is (A)it a fast that I have chosen,
(B)A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
And (C)to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Would you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to the Lord?

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12 Then he said to me, (A)“Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, (B)your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

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