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32 It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.”

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13 But I, (A)when they were sick—
    I (B)wore sackcloth;
    I (C)afflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed (D)with head bowed[a] on my chest.

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  1. Psalm 35:13 Or my prayer shall turn back

(A)‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
    Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,[a]
    (B)and oppress all your workers.

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  1. Isaiah 58:3 Or pursue your own business

(A)Is such the fast that I choose,
    (B)a day for a person to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
    and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast,
    and a day acceptable to the Lord?

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12 Then he said to me, (A)“Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you (B)set your heart to understand and (C)humbled yourself before your God, (D)your words have been heard, (E)and I have come because of your words.

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