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I am so starved my knees shake; 1 I have turned into skin and bones. 2
“The Lord who rules over all says, ‘The fast of the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth 1 months will become joyful and happy, pleasant feasts for the house of Judah, so love truth and peace.’
They observed a time of fasting and put Naboth in front of the people.
I weep and refrain from eating food, 1 which causes others to insult me. 2
Blow the trumpet 1 in Zion. Announce a holy fast; proclaim a sacred assembly!
This is what she wrote: 1 “Observe a time of fasting and seat Naboth in front of the people.
Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he decided to seek the Lord’s advice. 1 He decreed that all Judah should observe a fast.
On the twenty-fourth day of this same month the Israelites assembled; they were fasting and wearing sackcloth, their heads covered with dust.
When they were sick, I wore sackcloth, 1 and refrained from eating food. 2 (If I am lying, may my prayers go unanswered!) 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
“Yet even now,” the Lord says, “return to me with all your heart – with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, 1 not just your garments!”
The people 1 of Nineveh believed in God, 2 and they declared a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 3
Is this really the kind of fasting I want? 1 Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, 2 bowing their heads like a reed and stretching out 3 on sackcloth and ashes? Is this really what you call a fast, a day that is pleasing to the Lord?
Then David prayed to 1 God for the child and fasted. 2 He would even 3 go and spend the night lying on the ground.
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.
They lament, 1 ‘Why don’t you notice when we fast? Why don’t you pay attention when we humble ourselves?’ Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, 2 you oppress your workers. 3
No, this is the kind of fast I want. 1 I want you 2 to remove the sinful chains, to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke, to set free the oppressed, 3 and to break every burdensome yoke.
Announce a holy fast; 1 proclaim a sacred assembly. Gather the elders and 2 all the inhabitants of the land to the temple of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
Throughout each and every province where the king’s edict and law were announced 1 there was considerable 2 mourning among the Jews, along with fasting, weeping, and sorrow. 3 Sackcloth and ashes were characteristic 4 of many.
to establish these days of Purim in their proper times, just as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had established, and just as they had established both for themselves and their descendants, matters pertaining to fasting and lamentation.