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Exodus 34:1-5; 28-33
...(1)And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. (2)And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. (3)And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
(4)And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. (5)And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD...
...(28)And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
(29)And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. (30)And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. (31)And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. (32)And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
(33)And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face...
...(7)Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD. (8)Also in Horeb ye provoked the LORD to wrath, so that the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you.
(9)When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water: (10)And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
(11)And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant.
(12)And the LORD said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image. (13)Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: (14)Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.
(15)So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands. (16)And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the LORD your God, and had made you a molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you.
(17)And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.
(18)And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. (19)For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also. (20)And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time.
(21)And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until it was as small as dust: and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount...
...(23)(And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up again to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother? And the LORD said, Go up against him.)
(24)And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day. (25)And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword.
(26)Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. (27)And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, (28)And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease? And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into thine hand...
I Samuel 7:1-9
...(1)And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD. (2)And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
(3)And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
(4)Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.
(5)And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD. (6)And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.
(7)And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. (8)And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.
(9)And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him...
I Samuel 31:1-13
...(1)Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. (2)And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons.
(3)And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.
(4)Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. (5)And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.
(6)So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.
(7)And when the men of Israel that were on the other side of the valley, and they that were on the other side Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
(8)And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa. (9)And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the house of their idols, and among the people. (10)And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.
(11)And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul; (12)All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.
(13)And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
II Samuel 1:1-16
(1)Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag; (2)It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. (3)And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. (4)And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.
(5)And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?
(6)And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. (7)And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. (8)And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. (9)He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. (10)So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.
(11)Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: (12)And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
(13)And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. (14)And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed? (15)And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. (16)And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed...
II Samuel 12:13-25
...(13)And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. (14)Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
(15)And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. (16)David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. (17)And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
(18)And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? (19)But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
(20)Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. (21)Then said his servants unto him, What is thing this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. (22)And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? (23)But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
(24)And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. (25)And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD...
I Kings 21:1-28
...(1)And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. (2)And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
(3)And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
(4)And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread. (5)But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread? (6)And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
(7)And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
(8)So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth. (9)And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: (10)And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
(11)And the men of his city, the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as was it written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
(12)They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. (13)And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
(14)Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
(15)And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead. (16)And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
(17)And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, (18)Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. (19)And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
(20)And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD. (21)Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, (22)And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.
(23)And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. (24)Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
(25)But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. (26)And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
(27)And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
(28)And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, (29)Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house...
I Chronicles 10:1-14
...(1)Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. (2)And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.
(3)And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers. (4)Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. (5)And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise on the sword, and died.
(6)So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house died together.
(7)And when all the men of Israel that were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, then they forsook their cities, and fled: and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
(8)And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa. (9)And when they had stripped him, they took his head, and his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry tidings unto their idols, and to the people.
(10)And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.
(11)And when all Jabeshgilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, (12)They arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
(13)So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking council of a familiar spirit, to inquire of it; (14)And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse...
II Chronicles 20:1-9
...(1)It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
(2)Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi. (3)And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (4)And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
(5)And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, (6)And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? (7)Art not thou our God, didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? (8)And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, (9)If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help...
...(17)And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God. (18)And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen; (19)And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, twenty; (20)Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.
(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. (22)For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
(23)So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us...
...(1)Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore. (2)And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. (3)Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
(4)Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.
(5)Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware.
(6)Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away. (7)And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem; (8)And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away.
(9)Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain. (10)And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. (11)Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives...
...(1)The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, (2)That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
(3)And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
(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, (5)And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: (6)Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
(7)We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses...
...(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. (2)And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
(3)And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God. (4)Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their God. (5)Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise...
...(1)When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; (2)And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
(3)And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
(4)So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not. (5)Then called Esther for Hatach, of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it, and why it was.
(6)So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate.
(7)And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them. (8)Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.
(9)And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai. (10)Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; (11)All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.
(12)And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
(13)Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. (14)For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
(15)Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, (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 not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
(17)So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him...
...(23)And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them; (24)Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; (25)But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
(26)Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and which they had seen concerning this matter, and of that which had come unto them, (27)The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year; (28)And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.
(29)Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim. (30)And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, (31)To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.
(32)And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book...
...(10)All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him? (11)False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. (12)They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
(13)But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. (14)I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. (15)But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: (16)With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
(17)Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions. (18)I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. (19)Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. (20)For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land...
...(5)O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
(6)Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. (7)Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. (8)I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.
(9)For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. (10)When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. (11)I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. (12)They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. (13)But as for me, my prayer unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
(14)Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. (15)Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me...
...(21)But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. (22)For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. (23)I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
(24)My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. (25)I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
(26)Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy: (27)That they may know that this thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it. (28)Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice. (29)Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
(30)I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. (31)For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul...
...(1)Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
(2)Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
(3)Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. (4)Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. (5)Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? (6)Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
(7)Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?...
...(8)O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? (9)Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.
(10)Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. (11)Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good. (12)When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
(13)Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.
(14)Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. (15)Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. (16)And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them...
...(1)And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, (2)Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. (3)It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
(4)Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book. (5)And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the LORD: (6)Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD'S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities. (7)It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people.
(8)And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD'S house.
(9)And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. (10)Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD'S house, in the ears of all the people...
...(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.
(11)Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
(12)Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
(13)Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
(14)Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. (15)Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. (16)Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. (17)And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
(18)Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
(19)Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. (20)And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
(21)Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. (22)My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. (23)Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God...
...(1)In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; (2)In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
(3)And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: (4)And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; (5)We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: (6)Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land...
...(1)In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.
(2)In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. (3)I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
(4)And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; (5)Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: (6)His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
(7)And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. (8)Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. (9)Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.
(10)And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
(11)And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. (12)Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. (13)But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
(14)Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days...
...(13)Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God. (14)Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, (15)Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
(16)Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God? (17)The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
(18)How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. (19)O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. (20)The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness...
...(12)Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: (13)And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
(14)Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? (15)Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: (16)Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
(17)Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where their God?...
...(1)And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, (2)Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
(3)So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey. (4)And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
(5)So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. (6)For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. (7)And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: (8)But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that in their hands.
(9)Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
(10)And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not...
...(1)And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth of the ninth month, even in Chisleu; (2)When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD, (3)to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?
(4)Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying, (5)Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? (6)And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? (7)Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when inhabited the south and the plain?...
...(14)For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: (15)So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. (16)These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: (17)And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.
(18)And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying, (19)Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
(20)Thus saith the LORD of hosts; it shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: (21)And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. (22)Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
(23)Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard God with you...
...(1)Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
(2)And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. (3)And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (4)But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
(5)Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, (6)And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (7)Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
(8)Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; (9)And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
(10)Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
(11)Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him...
...(9)After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (10)Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (11)Give us this day our daily bread. (12)And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (13)And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
(14)For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: (15)But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(16)Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (17)But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; (18)That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly...
...(9)And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
(10)And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. (11)And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? (12)But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. (13)But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
(14)Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? (15)And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
(16)No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. (17)Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved...
...(29)And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. (30)And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: (31)Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
(32)Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. (33)And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? (34)And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. (35)And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. (36)And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. (37)And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. (38)And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
(39)And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala...
...(14)And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, (15)Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. (16)And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
(17)Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. (18)And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. (19)Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
(20)And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
(21)Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting...
...(16)And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? (17)When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
(18)And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? (19)And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. (20)But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
(21)No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. (22)And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles...
...(1)In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, (2)I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: (3)And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
(4)And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these with bread here in the wilderness? (5)And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. (6)And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. (7)And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. (8)So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
(9)And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
(10)And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha...
...(17)And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; (18)And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
(19)He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. (20)And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. (21)And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. (22)And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
(23)Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things possible to him that believeth. (24)And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
(25)When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. (26)And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. (27)But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
(28)And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
(29)And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting...
...(25)And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. (26)And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. (27)And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, (28)Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, (29)Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: (30)For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, (31)Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; (32)A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
(33)And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
(34)And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this is child set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (35)(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. (36)And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; (37)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. (38)And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
(39)And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. (40)And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him...
...(1)And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (2)Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
(3)And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. (4)And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
(5)And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (6)And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
(7)If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
(8)And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve...
...(29)And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. (30)But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? (31)And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
(32)I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
(33)And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink? (34)And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? (35)But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
(36)And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. (37)And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. (38)But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
(39)No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better...
...(9)And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (10)Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. (11)The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. (12)I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. (13)And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
(14)I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted...
...(1)And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, (2)And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
(3)And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: (4)And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
(5)And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: is it hard hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (6)And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. (7)And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. (8)And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
(9)And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink...
...(23)Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
(24)And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. (25)And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. (26)But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. (27)And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. (28)And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. (29)Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
(30)And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, (31)And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. (32)Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. (33)Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
(34)Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: (35)But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him...
...(1)Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. (2)As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. (3)And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they them sent away.
(4)So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. (5)And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister. (6)And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: (7)Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. (8)But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
(9)Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, (10)And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? (11)And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
(12)Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord...
...(19)And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. (20)Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
(21)And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, (22)Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (23)And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. (24)And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. (25)And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia: (26)And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
(27)And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. (28)And there they abode long time with the disciples...
Acts 27:1-13; 33-38
...(1)And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. (2)And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
(3)And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. (4)And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. (5)And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. (6)And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein. (7)And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; (8)And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.
(9)Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, (10)And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. (11)Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul. (12)And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.
(13)And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete...
...(33)And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. (34)Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
(35)And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. (36)Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. (37)And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. (38)And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea...
I Corinthians 7:1-7
...(1)Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
(2)Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (3)Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. (4)The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. (5)Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. (6)But I speak this by permission, not of commandment. (7)For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that...
II Corinthians 6:1-13
...(1)We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
(2)(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (3)Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: (4)But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, (5)In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; (6)By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, (7)By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, (8)By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; (9)As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; (10)As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
(11)O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. (12)Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. (13)Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged...
II Corinthians 11:16-29
...(16)I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little. (17)That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. (18)Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. (19)For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. (20)For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. (21)I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.
(22)Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. (23)Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. (24)Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. (25)Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; (26)In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; (27)In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. (28)Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
(29)Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?...
[Boshold, Frank S. (1970). Blumhardt's Battle A Conflict with Satan (p.28-29) Thomas E. Lowe LTD. Publishers, New York]
The Power of Fasting
What I related last happened in August of 1842. During the course of the following days it became evident that by far not all the demons had been removed from the patient. The time spent in this case seemed to be very much to me now. Especially since I was pressed for time because of much work to which I had promised myself beside my ministry. A faithful friend in a neighboring state to whom in that time I had the opportunity and courage to tell my difficult position, finally pointed me to the word, This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.’ [Matthew 17:21] And when I thought more upon this, I came to the point of giving more importance to fasting than one usually does. Fasting is an actual proof before God that the matter of prayer is a true and urgent one to the believer. It reinforces the intention and strength of prayer to a high degree. It even represents a continual prayer without words. Because of this, I could believe that it would have effect, especially since in the case in which I stood, I had a special word from the Lord. I tried fasting without telling anyone about it. I must confess that the following battles were made extraordinarily easier because of it. I especially gained from the fact that I could talk much more quietly, firmly and determinedly and did not have to spend as much time as before. I felt that I could, without being present, have a strong effect upon the case. When I came, I realized great results in a few moments. That was especially the case after the attack in August when the patient felt more strongly a demon of the worst kind in her.
She would often lie as dead while her breath was held from within her. She was also stung and pressed in many wars in her insides. Also, sometimes, she was so paralyzed that she could hardly move a member of her body by her own will. During that time she was extremely surly and repulsive and visits by me became especially repugnant to her. But the worst was that again blood was forced from the inside against the outer skin, as with pricking instruments. Hemorrhages began anew although the cause seemed to be a different one from before. I fasted, but found circumstances worse than ever on that day. However, through prayer the hemorrhages stopped. But the demon spoke so defiantly, sneeringly, and blasphemously out of her, that I remained completely quiet and made ready to leave, trusting in the power of silent prayer. Then the demon tried to stop me from leaving, but obviously in such a way as to make fun of me. I left. Whatever raged and raved in Gottliebin, even though I was called by someone out of fear for the life of the patient, I did not allow myself to visit her again that day. And in reality, the power of the demon broke during the following night and on the third day it fled from my side nearly without a word, although not without having almost totally burned her throat. This caused her pain and much trouble for a long time...
[Omartian, Stormie (1986). Stormie (p. 127-128). Harvest House Publishers.]
CHAPTER ELEVEN THE KEYS
...Those albums, plus the concerts we did together and my speaking engagements, were all very frightening. The only way I got through them was with praise. Every time fear came over me, I began to thank God for all He had done in my life and for the voice He had given me. There were many times of failure, when I forgot to praise altogether and allowed the fear to control me. But more and more I had success in that area and saw myself and my circumstances being transformed. Praise was the key that got me though impossible situations in my life.
One more key was fasting, which I began to do on a regular basis. Because of this there was ongoing deliverance and freedom. Every time I fasted, it was like getting a holy oiling so I could slip through the clutches of the devil. I positioned God as everything and nothing else could hold me. With every denial of myself I gained more of Jesus, and more of Jesus meant more peace, love, and wholeness. Along with the entire church I fasted and prayed every Wednesday. But several times a year, when I felt the need for a deep spiritual as well as physical cleansing, I went on a three-day fast. The benefits far outweighed the discomfort and inconvenience, so I looked forward to each time of fasting.
By using all the keys that God had given me, I began to function more like a normal person. I could see I was on the road to wholeness. The keys were so effective that I was eager to learn more about God's ways. Apparently God was eager, too, for I embarked upon a time of major spiritual housecleaning that had unexpected practical application in my life.
[PROF. IYKE NATHAN UZORMA. SECRETS FROM HEAVEN : A BOOK OF DIVINE KNOWLEDGE AND DEEP MYSTERY BASED ON THE MESSAGES THE AUTHOR RECEIVED FROM THE LORD AND HIS HOLY ANGELS FROM THE SPIRITUAL ELEVATION OF MANKIND (Kindle Locations 694-727). Xlibris. Kindle Edition.]
CHAPTER 3 RISING IN SPIRITUAL STRENGTH
THE POTENCY OF FASTING/PRAYER
“Behold, seeking the face of the Lord thy God by means of fasting and prayer, controls the belly, O son of man. And when the belly is thus controlled, that which is between thy legs (genital) will lie low under the control of the Holy Spirit.”
Every true believer knows that fasting is very important in the realm of possessing and manifesting the Holy Spirit Power of Jehovah God and His Christ. Fasting is very important for higher spiritual strength in the Lord. It helps to control the belly to avoid leakage of the Spirit of God. On the role of fasting (and prayer) in this regard, the Lord said to me:
“O ye Iyke, Harbinger of the Last Covenant, by means of fasting, one who believes in Me can keep his body, which is My temple, pure. Verily, by means of fasting and controlling the belly, the mind can be raised above the level of lust, which is a great chain of bondage.
“Son of man, behold, the power of lust has brought multitudes of the children of men to lie low upon the altar of bondage; yea, even the altar of fornication and adultery and of attachment to that which is vain before Me.
“I say to you, none can overcome this power of lust who seek not the face of the Lord thy God by means of fasting and prayer. Harbinger, fasting is a great channel through which My Spirit can be increased in you, making it easy for you to comprehend spiritual things and be strong in Me, thy Lord.
“Fasting can bring a living soul into My most powerful system of divine fortification. Behold, in My fortification lies the power to walk in spirit with Me. Bear witness, O son of man, that My fortification also places one beyond the reach and attack of the Prince of Darkness.
“The Prince of Darkness is now non existent in the essence of My Light, from which he must always flee. Behold, fasting can help the children of men, even the sick in the midst of thee, to receive My divine healing.
“Son of man, for the rejuvenation of the body mechanism, for working actively in My vineyard by the control of your belly, nay for all round spiritual functions, verily fasting is indispensable. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
I have always said that fasting and prayer is very important for spiritual growth and development. In the mode of fasting, your spirit will be raised in light to work with God. Holiness is made easy when you seek the face of God through fasting and prayer.
I am not speaking of the fasting done in hatred as a means of fighting another human being. Rather I am speaking of fasting and prayer done in love with the ultimate intention of not only to solve an earthly problem, but also to help others and to draw near in spirit to God.
This brings one to a higher dimension of working with God in spirit. Our Lord Jesus Christ fasted forty days and forty nights. As the Lord, He did this not because the Prince of Darkness would have defeated Him if he did not fast, but this He did solely to register in our consciousness the importance of fasting in the realm of working with God and for God.
THE MOVE OF THE SPIRIT
I underwent a hundred days of fasting (6am to 6pm) and prayer some time ago. This should be our practice from time to time for periods exceeding one hundred days and for periods less than this. This means eating once a day, at about past 6pm, without drinking water during the fasting. This should be part of our constant spiritual experience, by the grace of God...