Ezra 8:23
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New International Version
So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

New Living Translation
So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.

English Standard Version
So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

New American Standard Bible
So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty.

King James Bible
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So we fasted and pleaded with our God about this, and He granted our request.

International Standard Version
So we fasted and asked our God about this, and he listened to us.

NET Bible
So we fasted and prayed to our God about this, and he answered us.

New Heart English Bible
So we fasted and begged our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So we fasted and asked our God for a safe journey, and he answered our prayer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So we fasted and besought our God for this; and He was entreated of us.

New American Standard 1977
So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So we fasted and besought our God for this, and he was intreated of us.

King James 2000 Bible
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he answered our prayer.

American King James Version
So we fasted and sought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

American Standard Version
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we fasted, and besought our God for this: and it fell out prosperously unto us.

Darby Bible Translation
And we fasted, and besought our God for this; and he was entreated of us.

English Revised Version
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Webster's Bible Translation
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated by us.

World English Bible
So we fasted and begged our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Young's Literal Translation
And we fast, and seek from our God for this, and He is entreated of us.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:21-23 Ezra procured Levites to go with him; but what will that avail, unless he have God with him? Those who seek God, are safe under the shadow of his wings, even in their greatest dangers; but those who forsake him, are always exposed. When entering upon any new state of life, our care should be, to bring none of the guilt of the sins of our former condition into it. When we are in any peril, let us be at peace with God, and then nothing can do us any real hurt. All our concerns about ourselves, our families, and our estates, it is our wisdom and duty, by prayer to commit to God, and to leave the care of them with him. And, on some occasions, we should decline advantages which are within our reach, lest we should cause others to stumble, and so our God be dishonoured. Let us ask wisdom of God, that we may know how to use or to refuse lawful things. We shall be no losers by venturing, suffering, or giving up for the Lord's sake. Their prayers were answered, and the event declared it. Never have any that sought God in earnest, found that they sought him in vain. In times of difficulty and danger, to set a season apart for secret or for social prayer, is the best method for relief we can take.
Study Bible
Fasting for Protection
22For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, "The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him." 23So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty. 24Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and with them ten of their brothers;…
Cross References
Genesis 25:21
Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived.

1 Chronicles 5:20
They were helped against them, and the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hand; for they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.

2 Chronicles 33:13
When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

Nehemiah 9:1
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the sons of Israel assembled with fasting, in sackcloth and with dirt upon them.
Treasury of Scripture

So we fasted and sought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

we fasted

Nehemiah 9:1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel …

Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and …

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, …

Luke 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed …

Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; …

besought

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

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

Jeremiah 50:4,5 In those days, and in that time, said the LORD, the children of Israel …

and he was intreated

Ezra 8:31 Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the …

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find …

1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered …

2 Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled …

Psalm 66:18-20 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…

Isaiah 19:22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they …

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

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