Daniel 9:3
New International Version
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.

New Living Translation
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes.

English Standard Version
Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Berean Study Bible
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

King James Bible
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

New King James Version
Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

New American Standard Bible
So I gave my attention to the Lord God, to seek Him by prayer and pleading, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

NASB 1995
So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

NASB 1977
So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

Amplified Bible
So I directed my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

Christian Standard Bible
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

American Standard Version
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I lifted my face before LORD JEHOVAH God to inquire in prayer, and in supplication and with fasting, and in sackcloth, and in ashes

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And I set my face toward the Lord God, to seek him diligently by prayer and supplications, with fastings and sackcloth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I set my face to the Lord my God, to pray and make supplication with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.

English Revised Version
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.

Good News Translation
And I prayed earnestly to the Lord God, pleading with him, fasting, wearing sackcloth, and sitting in ashes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I turned to the Lord God and looked to him for help. I prayed, pleaded, and fasted in sackcloth and ashes.

International Standard Version
"So I turned my attention to the Lord God, seeking him in prayer and supplication, accompanied with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.

Literal Standard Version
and I set my face toward the Lord God, to seek [by] prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.

NET Bible
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to implore him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

New Heart English Bible
And I turned to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and petitions, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

World English Bible
I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and petitions, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Young's Literal Translation
and I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Daniel's Prayer for His People
2in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the sacred books, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. 3So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed, “O, Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of loving devotion to those who love Him and keep His commandments,…

Cross References
Jeremiah 29:12
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

Daniel 9:2
in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the sacred books, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.

Daniel 9:4
And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed, "O, Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of loving devotion to those who love Him and keep His commandments,

Daniel 9:20
While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sin and that of my people Israel, and presenting my petition before the LORD my God concerning His holy mountain--

Joel 2:12
"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning."

Jonah 3:5
And the Ninevites believed God. They proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least.


Treasury of Scripture

And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

I set.

Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Nehemiah 1:4
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Psalm 102:13-17
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come…

with.

Daniel 10:2,3
In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks…

Ezra 8:21
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

Ezra 9:5
And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God,









(3) I set my face.--Comp. Daniel 6:11. Probably he prayed, as on that occasion, with his face towards Jerusalem. The prayer of Daniel bears some resemblance to those offered by Ezra and Nehemiah, while that of Baruch resembles it much more closely. (On this see Excursus F.)

Verse 3. - And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes. The Septuagint Version here is slavishly close; it renders אֶתְּנָא ('etruria) in accordance with its more common meaning, ἔδωακ, and the idiomatic phrase, "to seek prayer and supplication," is rendered εὑρεῖν προσευχήν. The true rendering is, as Professor Bevan points out," to set to prayer." Theodotion is nearly as slavish; only he omits "ashes," and has "fastings." The Peshitta is close, but does not follow the change of construction in the last clause. Jerome seems to have read, "my God." The cessation of the temple-worship, with its sacrifices, was naturally fitted to bring prayer as a mode of worship into a prominence it bad not before. Yet we find prayers made while the first temple was yet standing, as the prayer of Hezekiah (2 Kings 19:15), of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:6). The comparison more naturally stands with the prayers of Ezra and Nehemiah, as the subject of their supplication is similar to that of the prayer before us.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So I turned my attention
וָאֶתְּנָ֣ה (wā·’et·tə·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the Lord
אֲדֹנָי֙ (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 136: The Lord

God
הָֽאֱלֹהִ֔ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

to seek
לְבַקֵּ֥שׁ (lə·ḇaq·qêš)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after

Him by prayer
תְּפִלָּ֖ה (tə·p̄il·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

and petition,
וְתַחֲנוּנִ֑ים (wə·ṯa·ḥă·nū·nîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8469: Supplication for favor

with fasting,
בְּצ֖וֹם (bə·ṣō·wm)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6685: Fasting, a fast

sackcloth,
וְשַׂ֥ק (wə·śaq)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8242: A mesh, coarse loose cloth, sacking, a bag

and ashes.
וָאֵֽפֶר׃ (wā·’ê·p̄er)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 665: Ashes


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