9:3 So I turned my attention 1 to the Lord God 2 to implore him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 3 9:4 I prayed to the LORD my God, confessing in this way:
1 tn Heb “face.”
2 tn The Hebrew phrase translated “Lord God” here is אֲדֹנָי הָאֱלֹהִים (’adonay ha’elohim).
3 sn When lamenting, ancient Israelites would fast, wear sackcloth, and put ashes on their heads to show their sorrow and contrition.
5 tn Heb “who keeps the covenant and the loyal love.” The expression is a hendiadys.