Daniel 9:3
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New International Version
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.

New Living Translation
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes.

English Standard Version
Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

New American Standard Bible
So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

King James Bible
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

International Standard Version
"So I turned my attention to the Lord God, seeking him in prayer and supplication, accompanied with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

NET Bible
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to implore him by prayer and requests, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I turned to the Lord God and looked to him for help. I prayed, pleaded, and fasted in sackcloth and ashes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I turned my face unto the Lord God, seeking him in prayer and supplication, in fasting and sackcloth, and ashes:

King James 2000 Bible
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

American King James Version
And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

American Standard Version
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I set my face to the Lord my God, to pray and make supplication with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.

Darby Bible Translation
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes;

English Revised Version
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

World English Bible
I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and petitions, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Young's Literal Translation
and I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-3 Daniel learned from the books of the prophets, especially from Jeremiah, that the desolation of Jerusalem would continue seventy years, which were drawing to a close. God's promises are to encourage our prayers, not to make them needless; and when we see the performance of them approaching, we should more earnestly plead them with God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes. The Septuagint Version here is slavishly close; it renders אֶתְּנָא ('etruria) in accordance with its more common meaning, ἔδωακ, and the idiomatic phrase, "to seek prayer and supplication," is rendered εὑρεῖν προσευχήν. The true rendering is, as Professor Bevan points out," to set to prayer." Theodotion is nearly as slavish; only he omits "ashes," and has "fastings." The Peshitta is close, but does not follow the change of construction in the last clause. Jerome seems to have read, "my God." The cessation of the temple-worship, with its sacrifices, was naturally fitted to bring prayer as a mode of worship into a prominence it bad not before. Yet we find prayers made while the first temple was yet standing, as the prayer of Hezekiah (2 Kings 19:15), of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:6). The comparison more naturally stands with the prayers of Ezra and Nehemiah, as the subject of their supplication is similar to that of the prayer before us.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications,.... He set apart some time on purpose for this service, distinct from his usual stated times of prayer, as well as from his civil business and employment; and he not only set his face toward Jerusalem, as he used to do, Daniel 6:10, the more to affect his mind with the desolations the city and temple lay in; but towards the Lord God, the sovereign Lord of all, who does according to his will in heaven and in earth, the Governor of the universe, the one true God, Father, Son, and Spirit: and this denotes the intenseness of his spirit in prayer; the fixedness of his heart; the ardour of his mind; the fervency of his soul; his holy confidence in God; the freedom and boldness he used in prayer, and his constancy and continuance in it; which is a principal means, and a proper manner of seeking God. The Septuagint version, agreeably to the Hebrew text (d), renders it, "to seek prayer and supplications"; such as were suitable and pertinent to the present case; most beneficial and interesting to him and his people, and most acceptable to the Lord:

with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes; as was usual on extraordinary occasions, in times of public mourning; and this he did, to show his sense of the divine Being, and of his own unworthiness to ask or receive anything of him; his great humiliation for the sins of the people; and to distinguish this prayer of his from ordinary ones, and to affect his own heart in it, with the sad condition his nation, city, and temple were in; and therefore abstained from food for a time, put sackcloth on his loins, and ashes on his head, or sat in them.

(d) , Sept; "ad quaerendum orationem et deprecationes", Montanus; "ad quaerendam orationem et supplicationem", Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. prayer … supplications—literally, "intercessions … entreaties for mercy." Praying for blessings, and deprecating evils.

Daniel 9:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Daniel's Prayer for his People
2in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, "Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,…
Cross References
Jeremiah 29:12
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Daniel 9:2
in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.

Daniel 9:4
I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: "Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,

Daniel 9:20
While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill--

Joel 2:12
"Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning."

Jonah 3:5
The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Jeremiah 29:10-13 For thus said the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished …

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty …

Ezekiel 36:37 Thus said the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be inquired of by the …

James 5:16-18 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that …

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Daniel 10:2,3 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks…

Ezra 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might …

Ezra 9:5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having …

Ezra 10:6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the …

Nehemiah 1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and …

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