Ezra 8:23
New International Version
So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

New Living Translation
So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.

English Standard Version
So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

Berean Study Bible
So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and He granted our request.

New American Standard Bible
So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty.

King James Bible
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

Christian Standard Bible
So we fasted and pleaded with our God about this, and he was receptive to our prayer.

Contemporary English Version
So we went without food and asked God himself to protect us, and he answered our prayers.

Good News Translation
So we fasted and prayed for God to protect us, and he answered our prayers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So we fasted and pleaded with our God about this, and He granted our request.

International Standard Version
So we fasted and asked our God about this, and he listened to us.

NET Bible
So we fasted and prayed to our God about this, and he answered us.

New Heart English Bible
So we fasted and begged our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So we fasted and asked our God for a safe journey, and he answered our prayer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So we fasted and besought our God for this; and He was entreated of us.

New American Standard 1977
So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So we fasted and besought our God for this, and he was intreated of us.

King James 2000 Bible
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he answered our prayer.

American King James Version
So we fasted and sought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

American Standard Version
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So we fasted, and asked of our God concerning this; and he hearkened to us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we fasted, and besought our God for this: and it fell out prosperously unto us.

Darby Bible Translation
And we fasted, and besought our God for this; and he was entreated of us.

English Revised Version
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Webster's Bible Translation
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated by us.

World English Bible
So we fasted and begged our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Young's Literal Translation
And we fast, and seek from our God for this, and He is entreated of us.
Study Bible
Fasting for Protection
22For I was ashamed to ask the king for an escort of soldiers and horsemen to protect us from our enemies on the road, since we had told him, “The hand of our God is gracious to all who seek Him, but His great anger is against all who forsake Him.” 23So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and He granted our request.
Cross References
Genesis 25:21
Later, Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. And the LORD heard his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived.

1 Chronicles 5:20
And because they cried out to God in battle, they were helped against their enemies, and the Hagrites and all their allies were delivered into their hands. Because they put their trust in God, He answered their prayers.

2 Chronicles 33:13
And when he prayed to Him, the LORD received his plea and heard his petition; so He brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.

Nehemiah 9:1
On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth, with dust on their heads.

Treasury of Scripture

So we fasted and sought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

we fasted

Nehemiah 9:1
Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.

Esther 4:16
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Daniel 9:3
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

besought

Jeremiah 29:12,13
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you…

Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Jeremiah 50:4,5
In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God…

and he was intreated

Ezra 8:31
Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.

Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

1 Chronicles 5:20
And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.







Lexicon
So we fasted
וַנָּצ֛וּמָה (wan·nā·ṣū·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common plural | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6684: To abstain from food, fast

and petitioned
וַנְּבַקְשָׁ֥ה (wan·nə·ḇaq·šāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - first person common plural | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

our God
מֵאֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ (mê·’ĕ·lō·hê·nū)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

about
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

this,
זֹ֑את (zōṯ)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

and He granted our request.
וַיֵּעָתֵ֖ר (way·yê·‘ā·ṯêr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6279: To burn incense in worship, intercede
8:21-23 Ezra procured Levites to go with him; but what will that avail, unless he have God with him? Those who seek God, are safe under the shadow of his wings, even in their greatest dangers; but those who forsake him, are always exposed. When entering upon any new state of life, our care should be, to bring none of the guilt of the sins of our former condition into it. When we are in any peril, let us be at peace with God, and then nothing can do us any real hurt. All our concerns about ourselves, our families, and our estates, it is our wisdom and duty, by prayer to commit to God, and to leave the care of them with him. And, on some occasions, we should decline advantages which are within our reach, lest we should cause others to stumble, and so our God be dishonoured. Let us ask wisdom of God, that we may know how to use or to refuse lawful things. We shall be no losers by venturing, suffering, or giving up for the Lord's sake. Their prayers were answered, and the event declared it. Never have any that sought God in earnest, found that they sought him in vain. In times of difficulty and danger, to set a season apart for secret or for social prayer, is the best method for relief we can take.
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