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Ezra 8:21-23 (English Standard Version)

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Fasting and Prayer for Protection

21 1Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river 2Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, 3to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, 4"The hand of our God is for good on 5all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him." 23 So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
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