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So the sons of Jacob did for him just as he had instructed them.
They observed a time of fasting and put Naboth in front of the people.
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.
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.
I announced them to you beforehand; before they happened, I predicted them for you, so you could never say, ‘My image did these things, my idol, my cast image, decreed them.’
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.
Yes, 1 the descendants of Jonadab son of Rechab have carried out the orders that their ancestor gave them. But you people 2 have not obeyed me!
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.
So you go there the next time all the people of Judah come in from their towns to fast 1 in the Lord’s temple. Read out loud where all of them can hear you what I told you the Lord said, which you wrote in the scroll. 2
All the people living in Jerusalem 1 and all the people who came into Jerusalem from the towns of Judah came to observe a fast before the Lord. The fast took place in the ninth month of the fifth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was ruling over Judah. 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.’