New International Version
The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.
King James Bible
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
Darby Bible Translation
Now she who [is] a widow indeed, and is left alone, has put [her] hope in God, and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
World English Bible
Now she who is a widow indeed, and desolate, has her hope set on God, and continues in petitions and prayers night and day.
Young's Literal Translation
And she who is really a widow and desolate, hath hoped upon God, and doth remain in the supplications and in the prayers night and day,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And desolate - Και μεμονωμενη· Left entirely alone - having neither children nor relatives to take care of her.
Trusteth in God - Finding she has no other helper, she continues in prayer and supplication, that she may derive that from God which, in the course of his providence, he has deprived her of among men.
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and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.
Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.
1 Corinthians 7:32
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs--how he can please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:34
and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world--how she can please her husband.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
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