New International Version
and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
King James Bible
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
Darby Bible Translation
and herself a widow up to eighty-four years; who did not depart from the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers;
World English Bible
and she had been a widow for about eighty-four years), who didn't depart from the temple, worshipping with fastings and petitions night and day.
Young's Literal Translation
and she is a widow of about eighty-four years, who did depart not from the temple, with fasts and supplications serving, night and day,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Departed not from the temple - Attended constantly at the hours of prayer, which were nine in the morning and three in the afternoon. See Acts 2:15; Acts 3:1. It does not appear that women had any other functions to perform in that holy place.
With fastings - She accompanied her devotion with frequent fastings, probably not oftener than twice in the week; for this was the custom of the most rigid Pharisees: see Luke 18:12.
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Christ About his Father's Business
They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."
So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
1 Timothy 5:5
The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.
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