8:21 I called for a fast there by the Ahava Canal, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and seek from him a safe journey 1 for us, our children, and all our property. 8:22 I was embarrassed to request soldiers and horsemen from the king to protect us from the enemy 2 along the way, because we had said to the king, “The good hand of our God is on everyone who is seeking him, but his great anger 3 is against everyone who forsakes him.” 8:23 So we fasted and prayed to our God about this, and he answered us.
1 tn Heb “a straight way.”
2 tn A number of modern translations regard this as a collective singular and translate “from enemies” (also in v. 31).
3 tn Heb “his strength and his anger.” The expression is a hendiadys (one concept expressed through two terms).