EZRA 8:23



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“So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.”

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Ezra 8:23 Translation & Meaning

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So we fasted וַנָּצ֛וּמָה To cover over (the mouth), i.e., to fast fasted
and besought וַנְּבַקְשָׁ֥ה To search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after besought
our God מֵֽאֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
for עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications for
this: זֹ֑את This (often used adverb) this
and he was intreated וַיֵּֽעָתֵ֖ר To burn incense in worship, i.e., intercede (reciprocally, listen to prayer) intreated
of us. וַיֵּֽעָתֵ֖ר To burn incense in worship, i.e., intercede (reciprocally, listen to prayer) of us

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  • 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.

  • 24  Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,

  • 25  And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellers, and his lords, and all Israel there present, had offered:


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