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Matthew 6:16

And, when ye may he fasting, become not ye, as the hypocrites, of sullen countenance, - for they darken their looks, that they may appear, unto men, to be fasting: Verily, I say unto you, they are getting back their reward.

Joel 1:14

Hallow ye a fast, Call a solemn assembly, Gather, O elders, all the inhabitants of the land, unto the house of Yahweh your God, - and make ye outcry unto Yahweh.

Matthew 6:18

that thou do not appear, unto men, to be fasting, but to thy Father who is in secret, - and, thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee.

Isaiah 58:4

Lo! for strife and contention, ye fast, And to smite with the fist of lawlessness, - Ye shall not fast as to-day, To cause to be heard on high your voice!

2 Chronicles 20:3

And Jehoshaphat was afraid, and set his face to seek unto Yahweh, - and proclaimed a fast for all Judah.

Isaiah 58:3

Wherefore have we Fasted and thou hast not seen? Humbled our soul, and thou wouldst take no note? Lo! in the day of your fast, ye take pleasure, But all your toilers, ye drive on!

Nehemiah 1:4

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and I mourned certain days, - and continued fasting and praying, before the God of the heavens;

Jonah 3:5

And the people of Nineveh believed in God, - and proclaimed a fast, and clothed themselves in sackcloth, from the greatest of them, even unto the least of them.

2 Samuel 12:16

David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy, - and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night, and lie upon the ground.

Zechariah 8:19

Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts - The fast of the fourth, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the eleventh, shall become to the house of Judah a gladness and a rejoicing, and pleasant appointed meetings, - But, truth and peace, see that ye love.

Daniel 10:2

In those days, I, Daniel, was mourning three sevens of days:

Isaiah 58:5

Like this, shall the fast be that I choose, A day for the son of earth to humble his soul? Is it to bow down as a rush his head, And sackcloth and ashes, to spread out? Is it, this, thou wilt call a fast, Or a day of acceptance with Yahweh?

Jeremiah 36:9

And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah in the ninth month, that all the people of Jerusalem, and all the people who were coming in out of the cities of Judah into Jerusalem, had proclaimed a fast before Yahweh;

Matthew 9:14

Then come near unto him the disciples of John, saying, - Wherefore do, we, and the Pharisees, fast, whereas, thy disciples, fast not?

Esther 4:16

Go! gather ye together all the Jews who are to be found in Shusan, and fast ye for me - and neither eat nor drink - three days, night nor day, and, I and my maidens, will fast so, - and, in this manner, will I go in unto the king, though it is not according to the law, and, when I have perished, I have perished!

Isaiah 58:6

Is not, this, the fast that I must ever choose - To unbind the tight cords of lawlessness, To unloose the bands of the yoke, - and To let the crushed go free, and That every yoke, ye tear off?

Ezra 8:23

So we fasted and sought of our God, concerning this, - and he suffered himself to be entreated by us.

Luke 5:35

But there will come days, even when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, then, will they fast, in those days.

Matthew 15:32

But, Jesus, calling near his disciples, said - My compassions are moved towards the multitude, because even now, three days, abide they with me, and they have nothing to eat, - and, to dismiss them fasting, I am not willing, lest by any means they faint in the way.

Joel 2:15

Blow ye a horn, in Zion, - hallow a fast, call a solemn assembly:

Psalm 35:13

But, as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth, I humbled, with fasting, my soul, though, my prayer, unto mine own bosom, might return:

Matthew 9:15

And Jesus said unto them, - Can, the sons of the bridechamber, mourn, so long as, the bridegroom, is, with them? But days will come, when the bridegroom, shall be taken from them, and, then, will they fast.

Zechariah 7:6

And, when ye used to eat and when ye used to drink, was it not, of your own accord, ye did eat, and, of your own accord, ye did drink?

Jonah 3:7

And he caused an outcry to be made - and said - throughout Nineveh, By decree of the king and of his great men, Be it known: - Man and beast, herd and flock, Let them taste, nothing, let them not feed, and, water, let them not drink:

Zechariah 7:5

Speak thou unto all the people of the land, and unto the priests, saying, - When ye fasted and lamented in the fifth and in the seventh, even these seventy years, did ye, really fast, unto, me?

2 Samuel 12:23

But, now, that he is dead, wherefore should I go on fasting? can I bring him back again? I am going unto him, but, he, will not come back unto me.

Ezra 8:21

Then proclaimed I there a fast, by the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, - to seek of him a smooth way, for us and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

Acts 10:30

And Cornelius said - Four days ago, counting unto this very hour, I was keeping, the ninth hour, as one of prayer, in my house. And lo! a man stood before me, in bright clothing,

Proverbs 4:13

Take fast hold of correction, let her not go, - keep her, for, she, is thy life.

Daniel 6:18

Then the king departed to his palace, and spent the night fasting, and no, table, was brought in before him, - and, his sleep, fled from him.

Luke 5:33

But, they, said unto him - The disciples of John, do fast much, and, supplications, do make, - likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees; but, thine, do eat and drink!

Judges 20:26

Then went up all the sons of Israel, and all the people, and came to Bethel, and wept, and tarried there before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, until the evening, - and caused to go up ascending-sacrifices and peace-offerings, before Yahweh.

Nehemiah 9:1

Now, on the twenty-fourth day of this month, were the sons of Israel gathered together, with fasting and with sackcloth, having earth upon them.

1 Kings 21:9

Now she wrote in the letters, saying, - Proclaim ye a fast, and cause Naboth to sit at the head of the people;

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Fasting » Examples of » Israel

1 Samuel 20:34

Jonathan therefore rose up from the table, in a glow of anger, - and did eat no food on the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had reviled him.

2 Samuel 12:16

David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy, - and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night, and lie upon the ground.

2 Samuel 3:35

And, when all the people came near to get David to eat bread, while yet it was day, David sware, saying - So, let God do to me, and, so, let him add, if, before the sun go in, I taste bread, or anything else.

1 Samuel 31:13

and took their bones, and buried them under the tamarisk-tree in Jabesh, - and fasted seven days.

1 Samuel 7:6

So they gathered themselves unto Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, and said, there, We have sinned against Yahweh. And Samuel judged the sons of Israel in Mizpah.

Fasting » General references to

Matthew 9:15

And Jesus said unto them, - Can, the sons of the bridechamber, mourn, so long as, the bridegroom, is, with them? But days will come, when the bridegroom, shall be taken from them, and, then, will they fast.

Psalm 35:13

But, as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth, I humbled, with fasting, my soul, though, my prayer, unto mine own bosom, might return:

Psalm 69:10

When I have humbled my soul with fasting, Then hath it turned to my reproach;

Isaiah 58:3

Wherefore have we Fasted and thou hast not seen? Humbled our soul, and thou wouldst take no note? Lo! in the day of your fast, ye take pleasure, But all your toilers, ye drive on!

Jeremiah 14:12

Though they fast, I am not going to hearken unto their loud cry, and Though they offer ascending-sacrifice and meal-offering, I am not going to accept them, - For with sword and with famine and with pestilence, am, I, about to consume them.

More verses: Zechariah 7:5

Fasting » Duty of

Matthew 6:17-18

But, when, thou, art fasting, anoint thy head, and, thy face, wash, - that thou do not appear, unto men, to be fasting, but to thy Father who is in secret, - and, thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee.

Joel 1:14

Hallow ye a fast, Call a solemn assembly, Gather, O elders, all the inhabitants of the land, unto the house of Yahweh your God, - and make ye outcry unto Yahweh.

1 Corinthians 7:5

Be not depriving one another - unless perhaps by consent for a season, that ye may have leisure for prayer, and, again, may be together, - lest Satan be tempting you by reason of your want of self-control.

Fasting » National--exemplified

Ezra 8:21

Then proclaimed I there a fast, by the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, - to seek of him a smooth way, for us and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

Esther 4:3

And, throughout every province, whithersoever the word of the king and his edict came, was great mourning to the Jews, and fasting and weeping, and lamentation, - sackcloth and ashes, were spread out for many.

Esther 4:16

Go! gather ye together all the Jews who are to be found in Shusan, and fast ye for me - and neither eat nor drink - three days, night nor day, and, I and my maidens, will fast so, - and, in this manner, will I go in unto the king, though it is not according to the law, and, when I have perished, I have perished!

Judges 20:26

Then went up all the sons of Israel, and all the people, and came to Bethel, and wept, and tarried there before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, until the evening, - and caused to go up ascending-sacrifices and peace-offerings, before Yahweh.

Fasting » Examples of » Elijah

1 Kings 21:27

And it came to pass, when Ahab heard these words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, - and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

1 Kings 19:8

So he arose, and did eat and drink, - and journeyed, in the strength of that eating, forty days and forty nights, as far as the mountain of God - Horeb.

1 Chronicles 10:12

then rose up all the men of valour, and took away the corpse of Saul, and the corpses of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, - and buried their bodies under the terebinth, in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

Fasting » Extraordinary--exemplified

Exodus 34:28

So then he was there, with Yahweh, forty days and forty nights, bread, did he not eat and, water, did he not drink, and he wrote upon the tables, the words of the covenant, the ten words.

Deuteronomy 9:9

When I went up into the mountain to receive the tables of stone - the tables of the covenant, which Yahweh had solemnised with you, then abode I in the mountain forty days and forty nights, food, did I not, eat, and water, did I not drink.

Deuteronomy 9:18

Then lay I prostrate before Yahweh as at the first, forty days and forty nights, food, did I not eat, and water, did I not drink, - because of all your sin which ye had sinned, in doing the thing that was wicked, in the eyes of Yahweh. to provoke him to anger.

Fasting » Examples of » -ezra

Ezra 10:6

Then arose Ezra from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jehohanan son of Eliashib, - and, when he came thither, bread, did he not eat, and, water, did he not drink, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of them of the Exile.

Daniel 6:18

Then the king departed to his palace, and spent the night fasting, and no, table, was brought in before him, - and, his sleep, fled from him.

Nehemiah 9:1

Now, on the twenty-fourth day of this month, were the sons of Israel gathered together, with fasting and with sackcloth, having earth upon them.

Fasting » During forty days » Jesus

Matthew 4:1-2

Then, Jesus was led up into the wilderness, by the Spirit, to be tempted by the adversary; and, fasting forty days and forty nights, - afterwards, he hungered.

Mark 1:12-13

And, straightway, the Spirit urgeth him forth into the wilderness; and he was in the wilderness, forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts, - and, the messengers, were ministering unto him.

Luke 4:1-2

And, Jesus, full of Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led in the Spirit in the desert, forty days, - being tempted by the adversary; and he did eat nothing in those days, - and, when they were concluded, he hungered.

Fasting » Accompanied by » Humiliation

Deuteronomy 9:18

Then lay I prostrate before Yahweh as at the first, forty days and forty nights, food, did I not eat, and water, did I not drink, - because of all your sin which ye had sinned, in doing the thing that was wicked, in the eyes of Yahweh. to provoke him to anger.

Nehemiah 9:1

Now, on the twenty-fourth day of this month, were the sons of Israel gathered together, with fasting and with sackcloth, having earth upon them.

Fasting » Accompanied by » Confession of sin

1 Samuel 7:6

So they gathered themselves unto Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, and said, there, We have sinned against Yahweh. And Samuel judged the sons of Israel in Mizpah.

Nehemiah 9:1-2

Now, on the twenty-fourth day of this month, were the sons of Israel gathered together, with fasting and with sackcloth, having earth upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all the sons of the foreigner, - and stood and made confession over their own sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

Fasting » Promises connected with

Matthew 6:18

that thou do not appear, unto men, to be fasting, but to thy Father who is in secret, - and, thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee.

Isaiah 58:8-12

Then, shall break forth, as the dawn, thy light, And thy new flesh shall speedily grow, - Then shall go before thee, thy righteousness, the glory of Yahweh shall bring up thy rear: Then, shalt thou Call, and Yahweh, will answer, Cry out, and he will say, Behold me! If thou remove, out of thy midst the yoke, The pointing of the finger, and The speaking of iniquity; And shalt let thine own soul a go out to the hungry, And the soul of the oppressed, thou shalt satisfy, Then shall break forth in darkness thy light, And thy thick darkness, become as the splendour of noon; read more.
Then will Yahweh guide thee continually, And will satisfy, even in scorched regions thine own soul, Yea Shy very bones, will he invigorate, - So shall thou become like a garden well - watered, And like a spring of water whose waters do not deceive; And they who come of thee shall build the wastes of age-past times, And as for the foundations of generation after generation, thou shall rear them up, - So shalt thou be called - A Repairer of broken walls, A Restorer of paths leading home.

Fasting » Of saints--exemplified

2 Samuel 12:16

David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy, - and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night, and lie upon the ground.

Fasting » Of hypocrites » Rejected

Isaiah 58:3

Wherefore have we Fasted and thou hast not seen? Humbled our soul, and thou wouldst take no note? Lo! in the day of your fast, ye take pleasure, But all your toilers, ye drive on!

Jeremiah 14:12

Though they fast, I am not going to hearken unto their loud cry, and Though they offer ascending-sacrifice and meal-offering, I am not going to accept them, - For with sword and with famine and with pestilence, am, I, about to consume them.

Fasting » Should be unto God

Matthew 6:18

that thou do not appear, unto men, to be fasting, but to thy Father who is in secret, - and, thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee.

Zechariah 7:5

Speak thou unto all the people of the land, and unto the priests, saying, - When ye fasted and lamented in the fifth and in the seventh, even these seventy years, did ye, really fast, unto, me?

Fasting » Examples of » moses

Exodus 34:28

So then he was there, with Yahweh, forty days and forty nights, bread, did he not eat and, water, did he not drink, and he wrote upon the tables, the words of the covenant, the ten words.

Judges 20:26

Then went up all the sons of Israel, and all the people, and came to Bethel, and wept, and tarried there before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, until the evening, - and caused to go up ascending-sacrifices and peace-offerings, before Yahweh.

Fasting » Prolonged » For forty days, by moses

Exodus 34:28

So then he was there, with Yahweh, forty days and forty nights, bread, did he not eat and, water, did he not drink, and he wrote upon the tables, the words of the covenant, the ten words.

Deuteronomy 9:9

When I went up into the mountain to receive the tables of stone - the tables of the covenant, which Yahweh had solemnised with you, then abode I in the mountain forty days and forty nights, food, did I not, eat, and water, did I not drink.

Exodus 24:18

And Moses entered into the midst of the cloud and ascended into the mountain. And it came to pass that Moses was in the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Deuteronomy 9:18

Then lay I prostrate before Yahweh as at the first, forty days and forty nights, food, did I not eat, and water, did I not drink, - because of all your sin which ye had sinned, in doing the thing that was wicked, in the eyes of Yahweh. to provoke him to anger.

Fasting » Habitual » By pharisees

Matthew 9:14

Then come near unto him the disciples of John, saying, - Wherefore do, we, and the Pharisees, fast, whereas, thy disciples, fast not?

Mark 2:18

And the disciples of John and the Pharisees were fasting; and they come and say unto him - For what cause, do, the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees, fast, whereas, thy disciples, fast not?

Fasting » Instances of » Of ahab, when elijah prophesied the destruction of himself and his house

1 Kings 21:27

And it came to pass, when Ahab heard these words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, - and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

1 Kings 20:29

So they encamped, these, over against, those, seven days, - and it came to pass, on the seventh day, that the battle was joined, and the sons of Israel smote the Syrians, a hundred thousand footmen, in one day.

Fasting » Observed on occasions of » Afflictions of others

Psalm 35:13

But, as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth, I humbled, with fasting, my soul, though, my prayer, unto mine own bosom, might return:

Daniel 6:18

Then the king departed to his palace, and spent the night fasting, and no, table, was brought in before him, - and, his sleep, fled from him.

Fasting » Examples of » Daniel

Daniel 10:3

food to delight in, did I not eat, neither flesh nor wine, came into my mouth, nor did I so much as, anoint, myself, - until were fulfilled three sevens of days.

Fasting » Examples of » Paul and barnabas

Acts 27:33

And, until day was about to dawn, Paul continued to beseech one and all to take some food, saying - This day is, the fourteenth day, that, suspense, fasting, ye are completing, - having helped yourselves, to nothing.

Fasting » Examples of » Christ

Luke 4:1-2

And, Jesus, full of Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led in the Spirit in the desert, forty days, - being tempted by the adversary; and he did eat nothing in those days, - and, when they were concluded, he hungered.

Fasting » Observed on occasions of » Ordination of ministers

Fasting » Accompanied by » Prayer

Ezra 8:23

So we fasted and sought of our God, concerning this, - and he suffered himself to be entreated by us.

Fasting » Observed on occasions of » Judgments of God

Joel 1:14

Hallow ye a fast, Call a solemn assembly, Gather, O elders, all the inhabitants of the land, unto the house of Yahweh your God, - and make ye outcry unto Yahweh.

Fasting » In times of bereavement » Of the people of jabesh-gilead, for saul and his sons

1 Samuel 31:13

and took their bones, and buried them under the tamarisk-tree in Jabesh, - and fasted seven days.

1 Chronicles 10:12

then rose up all the men of valour, and took away the corpse of Saul, and the corpses of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, - and buried their bodies under the terebinth, in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

Fasting » Examples of » Paul

Acts 9:9

And he was three days without seeing, and did neither eat nor drink.

Acts 10:30

And Cornelius said - Four days ago, counting unto this very hour, I was keeping, the ninth hour, as one of prayer, in my house. And lo! a man stood before me, in bright clothing,

Fasting » Of saints--exemplified » Paul

Fasting » Confession of sin

1 Samuel 7:6

So they gathered themselves unto Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, and said, there, We have sinned against Yahweh. And Samuel judged the sons of Israel in Mizpah.

Nehemiah 9:1-2

Now, on the twenty-fourth day of this month, were the sons of Israel gathered together, with fasting and with sackcloth, having earth upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all the sons of the foreigner, - and stood and made confession over their own sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

Fasting » Afflictions

Psalm 35:13

But, as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth, I humbled, with fasting, my soul, though, my prayer, unto mine own bosom, might return:

Daniel 6:18

Then the king departed to his palace, and spent the night fasting, and no, table, was brought in before him, - and, his sleep, fled from him.

Fasting » How not to fast

Matthew 6:16-18

And, when ye may he fasting, become not ye, as the hypocrites, of sullen countenance, - for they darken their looks, that they may appear, unto men, to be fasting: Verily, I say unto you, they are getting back their reward. But, when, thou, art fasting, anoint thy head, and, thy face, wash, - that thou do not appear, unto men, to be fasting, but to thy Father who is in secret, - and, thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee.

Fasting » How to fast

Matthew 6:16-18

And, when ye may he fasting, become not ye, as the hypocrites, of sullen countenance, - for they darken their looks, that they may appear, unto men, to be fasting: Verily, I say unto you, they are getting back their reward. But, when, thou, art fasting, anoint thy head, and, thy face, wash, - that thou do not appear, unto men, to be fasting, but to thy Father who is in secret, - and, thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee.

Fasting » Humiliation

Deuteronomy 9:18

Then lay I prostrate before Yahweh as at the first, forty days and forty nights, food, did I not eat, and water, did I not drink, - because of all your sin which ye had sinned, in doing the thing that was wicked, in the eyes of Yahweh. to provoke him to anger.

Nehemiah 9:1

Now, on the twenty-fourth day of this month, were the sons of Israel gathered together, with fasting and with sackcloth, having earth upon them.

Fasting » Not to be made a subject of display

Matthew 6:16-18

And, when ye may he fasting, become not ye, as the hypocrites, of sullen countenance, - for they darken their looks, that they may appear, unto men, to be fasting: Verily, I say unto you, they are getting back their reward. But, when, thou, art fasting, anoint thy head, and, thy face, wash, - that thou do not appear, unto men, to be fasting, but to thy Father who is in secret, - and, thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee.

Fasting » Observed on occasions of » Private afflictions

2 Samuel 12:16

David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy, - and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night, and lie upon the ground.

Fasting » National--exemplified » Men of jabesh-gilead

1 Samuel 31:13

and took their bones, and buried them under the tamarisk-tree in Jabesh, - and fasted seven days.

Fasting » Habitual » By paul

Fasting » Ordination of ministers

Fasting » Of the wicked--exemplified » Elders of jezreel

1 Kings 21:12

they proclaimed a fast, - and caused Naboth to sit at the head of the people.

Fasting » Of the wicked--exemplified » Ahab

1 Kings 21:27

And it came to pass, when Ahab heard these words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, - and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

Fasting » Observed on occasions of » Public calamities

2 Samuel 1:12

And they lamented aloud, and wept, and fasted until the evening, - for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

Fasting » Of hypocrites » Described

Isaiah 58:4-5

Lo! for strife and contention, ye fast, And to smite with the fist of lawlessness, - Ye shall not fast as to-day, To cause to be heard on high your voice! Like this, shall the fast be that I choose, A day for the son of earth to humble his soul? Is it to bow down as a rush his head, And sackcloth and ashes, to spread out? Is it, this, thou wilt call a fast, Or a day of acceptance with Yahweh?

Fasting » Spirit of, explained

Isaiah 58:6-7

Is not, this, the fast that I must ever choose - To unbind the tight cords of lawlessness, To unloose the bands of the yoke, - and To let the crushed go free, and That every yoke, ye tear off? Is it not to break unto the hungry, thy bread, And the thrust-out oppressed, that thou bring into a home, - When thou seest one naked, that thou cover him, And from thine own flesh, shalt not hide thyself?

Fasting » Extraordinary--exemplified » Elijah

1 Kings 19:8

So he arose, and did eat and drink, - and journeyed, in the strength of that eating, forty days and forty nights, as far as the mountain of God - Horeb.

Fasting » Observed on occasions of » Afflictions of the church

Luke 5:33-35

But, they, said unto him - The disciples of John, do fast much, and, supplications, do make, - likewise also the disciples of the Pharisees; but, thine, do eat and drink! Jesus, however, said unto them - Can, ye make, the sons of the bridechamber, fast, while the bridegroom is with them? But there will come days, even when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, then, will they fast, in those days.

Fasting » Of saints--exemplified » Disciples of john

Matthew 9:14

Then come near unto him the disciples of John, saying, - Wherefore do, we, and the Pharisees, fast, whereas, thy disciples, fast not?

Fasting » Of saints--exemplified » Nehemiah

Nehemiah 1:4

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and I mourned certain days, - and continued fasting and praying, before the God of the heavens;

Fasting » Of hypocrites » Ostentatious

Matthew 6:16

And, when ye may he fasting, become not ye, as the hypocrites, of sullen countenance, - for they darken their looks, that they may appear, unto men, to be fasting: Verily, I say unto you, they are getting back their reward.

Fasting » Instances of » Of david » Child » By bath-sheba

2 Samuel 12:16-22

David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy, - and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night, and lie upon the ground. And the elders of his house stood up over him, to raise him from the ground, - but he would not, neither would he eat food with them. And it came to pass, on the seventh day, that the child died, - but the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead, for said they - Lo! while the child was living, we spake unto him, and he hearkened not unto our voice, how then can we say unto him, The child is dead, and so he do himself harm? read more.
But, when David saw that his servants were whispering among themselves, then understood David that the child was dead, - and David said unto his servants - Is the child, dead? And they answered - Dead! Then David arose from the ground, and bathed and anointed, and changed his apparel, and, entering into the house of Yahweh, bowed himself down, - then came he into his own house, and asked, and they set before him food, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What is this thing that thou hast done? For the child's sake, while living, thou didst fast and weep, but, as soon as the child was dead, thou didst arise and eat food. And he said, - While yet the child lived, I fasted, and wept, - for I said - Who knoweth whether Yahweh may not grant me favour, and the child live?

Fasting » Extraordinary--exemplified » Our lord

Fasting » Observed on occasions of » Approaching danger

Esther 4:16

Go! gather ye together all the Jews who are to be found in Shusan, and fast ye for me - and neither eat nor drink - three days, night nor day, and, I and my maidens, will fast so, - and, in this manner, will I go in unto the king, though it is not according to the law, and, when I have perished, I have perished!

Fasting » Of saints--exemplified » Esther

Esther 4:16

Go! gather ye together all the Jews who are to be found in Shusan, and fast ye for me - and neither eat nor drink - three days, night nor day, and, I and my maidens, will fast so, - and, in this manner, will I go in unto the king, though it is not according to the law, and, when I have perished, I have perished!

Fasting » Instances of » In babylon, with prayer for divine deliverance and guidance

Ezra 8:21

Then proclaimed I there a fast, by the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, - to seek of him a smooth way, for us and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

Ezra 8:23

So we fasted and sought of our God, concerning this, - and he suffered himself to be entreated by us.

Fasting » Instances of » Of david » In prayer for himself and his adversaries

Fasting » Examples of » Leaders in the church at antioch

Acts 13:2-3

And, as they were publicly ministering unto the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said - Separate forthwith unto me, Barnabas and Saul, unto the work whereunto I have called them. Then, fasting and praying, and laying their hands upon them, they sent them away.

Fasting » For the chastening of the soul

Psalm 69:10

When I have humbled my soul with fasting, Then hath it turned to my reproach;

Fasting » For the humbling of the soul

Psalm 35:13

But, as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth, I humbled, with fasting, my soul, though, my prayer, unto mine own bosom, might return:

Fasting » Of saints--exemplified » Daniel

Fasting » Of hypocrites » Boasted of, before God

Fasting » Instances of » Ninevites, when jonah preached to them

Jonah 3:5-10

And the people of Nineveh believed in God, - and proclaimed a fast, and clothed themselves in sackcloth, from the greatest of them, even unto the least of them. And the word reached unto the king of Nineveh, so he arose from his throne, and laid aside his robe from off him, - and covered him with sackcloth, and sat on ashes. And he caused an outcry to be made - and said - throughout Nineveh, By decree of the king and of his great men, Be it known: - Man and beast, herd and flock, Let them taste, nothing, let them not feed, and, water, let them not drink: read more.
Let both man and beast, cover themselves with sackcloth, and let them cry unto God, mightily, - Yea let them turn, every man from his wicked way, and from the violence which is in their hands: Who knoweth whether God himself - may turn and grieve, - and turn away from the glow of his anger, that we perish not? And God saw their doings, that they turned from their wicked way, - and God was grieved over the calamity which he had spoken of executing upon them, and executed it not.

Fasting » Of saints--exemplified » Primitive Christians

Fasting » Of saints--exemplified » Anna

Fasting » During forty days » moses

Deuteronomy 9:9

When I went up into the mountain to receive the tables of stone - the tables of the covenant, which Yahweh had solemnised with you, then abode I in the mountain forty days and forty nights, food, did I not, eat, and water, did I not drink.

Deuteronomy 9:18

Then lay I prostrate before Yahweh as at the first, forty days and forty nights, food, did I not eat, and water, did I not drink, - because of all your sin which ye had sinned, in doing the thing that was wicked, in the eyes of Yahweh. to provoke him to anger.

Fasting » Accompanied by » Mourning

Fasting » Instances of » Of the disciples, at the time of the consecration of barnabas and saul

Acts 13:2-3

And, as they were publicly ministering unto the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said - Separate forthwith unto me, Barnabas and Saul, unto the work whereunto I have called them. Then, fasting and praying, and laying their hands upon them, they sent them away.

Fasting » Instances of » Of daniel » At the time of his vision

Daniel 10:1-3

In the third year of Cyrus, king of Persia, a matter, was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and faithful was the matter, but concerned a great warfare, and he marked the word, and had understanding in the revelation. In those days, I, Daniel, was mourning three sevens of days: food to delight in, did I not eat, neither flesh nor wine, came into my mouth, nor did I so much as, anoint, myself, - until were fulfilled three sevens of days.

Fasting » Prolonged » For three weeks, by daniel

Daniel 10:2-3

In those days, I, Daniel, was mourning three sevens of days: food to delight in, did I not eat, neither flesh nor wine, came into my mouth, nor did I so much as, anoint, myself, - until were fulfilled three sevens of days.

Fasting » Private afflictions

2 Samuel 12:16

David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy, - and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night, and lie upon the ground.

Fasting » In times of bereavement » Of david, at the time of saul's death

2 Samuel 1:12

And they lamented aloud, and wept, and fasted until the evening, - for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

Fasting » In times of bereavement » Of abner's death

2 Samuel 3:35

And, when all the people came near to get David to eat bread, while yet it was day, David sware, saying - So, let God do to me, and, so, let him add, if, before the sun go in, I taste bread, or anything else.

Fasting » Instances of » Of jehoshaphat, at the time of the invasion of the confederated armies of the canaanites and syrians

2 Chronicles 20:3

And Jehoshaphat was afraid, and set his face to seek unto Yahweh, - and proclaimed a fast for all Judah.

Fasting » Instances of » Of the jews, when jeremiah prophesied against judea and jerusalem

Jeremiah 36:9

And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah in the ninth month, that all the people of Jerusalem, and all the people who were coming in out of the cities of Judah into Jerusalem, had proclaimed a fast before Yahweh;

Fasting » Instances of » Of ezra, on account of the idolatrous marriages of the jews

Ezra 10:6

Then arose Ezra from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jehohanan son of Eliashib, - and, when he came thither, bread, did he not eat, and, water, did he not drink, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of them of the Exile.

Fasting » Instances of » Of the consecration of the elders

Fasting » Instances of » Of the israelites » Conflict » tribe of Benjamin

Judges 20:26

Then went up all the sons of Israel, and all the people, and came to Bethel, and wept, and tarried there before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, until the evening, - and caused to go up ascending-sacrifices and peace-offerings, before Yahweh.

Fasting » Instances of » Of david » Upon the death of saul

2 Samuel 1:12

And they lamented aloud, and wept, and fasted until the evening, - for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

Fasting » Instances of » Of david » While interceding in prayer for his friends

Psalm 35:13

But, as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth, I humbled, with fasting, my soul, though, my prayer, unto mine own bosom, might return:

Fasting » Instances of » Of david » In his zeal for zion

Psalm 69:10

When I have humbled my soul with fasting, Then hath it turned to my reproach;

Fasting » Prolonged » Elijah

1 Kings 19:8

So he arose, and did eat and drink, - and journeyed, in the strength of that eating, forty days and forty nights, as far as the mountain of God - Horeb.

Fasting » Habitual » By cornelius

Acts 10:30

And Cornelius said - Four days ago, counting unto this very hour, I was keeping, the ninth hour, as one of prayer, in my house. And lo! a man stood before me, in bright clothing,

Fasting » Observed on occasions of public calamities

2 Samuel 1:12

And they lamented aloud, and wept, and fasted until the evening, - for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

Fasting » Instances of » Of darius, when he put daniel in the lions' den

Daniel 6:18

Then the king departed to his palace, and spent the night fasting, and no, table, was brought in before him, - and, his sleep, fled from him.

Fasting » Instances of » Of the israelites » When they went to mizpeh for the ark of the covenant

1 Samuel 7:6

So they gathered themselves unto Mizpah, and drew water, and poured it out before Yahweh, and fasted on that day, and said, there, We have sinned against Yahweh. And Samuel judged the sons of Israel in Mizpah.

Fasting » Habitual » By john's disciples

Matthew 9:14

Then come near unto him the disciples of John, saying, - Wherefore do, we, and the Pharisees, fast, whereas, thy disciples, fast not?

Fasting » Habitual » By anna

Fasting » Approaching danger

Esther 4:16

Go! gather ye together all the Jews who are to be found in Shusan, and fast ye for me - and neither eat nor drink - three days, night nor day, and, I and my maidens, will fast so, - and, in this manner, will I go in unto the king, though it is not according to the law, and, when I have perished, I have perished!

Fasting » Instances of » Of nehemiah, on account of the desolation of jerusalem and the temple

Nehemiah 1:4

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and I mourned certain days, - and continued fasting and praying, before the God of the heavens;

Fasting » Instances of » By paul, at the time of his conversion

Acts 9:9

And he was three days without seeing, and did neither eat nor drink.

Fasting » Instances of » Of daniel » Prayers » Deliverance

Fasting » Prolonged » Jesus

Fasting » Accompanied by prayer

Mourning » For the dead » Fasting

2 Samuel 3:35

And, when all the people came near to get David to eat bread, while yet it was day, David sware, saying - So, let God do to me, and, so, let him add, if, before the sun go in, I taste bread, or anything else.

1 Samuel 31:13

and took their bones, and buried them under the tamarisk-tree in Jabesh, - and fasted seven days.

2 Samuel 1:12

And they lamented aloud, and wept, and fasted until the evening, - for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

Pharisees » Traditions of, in regard to » Fasting

Matthew 9:14

Then come near unto him the disciples of John, saying, - Wherefore do, we, and the Pharisees, fast, whereas, thy disciples, fast not?

Prayer » Accompanied with » Fasting

Nehemiah 1:4

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and I mourned certain days, - and continued fasting and praying, before the God of the heavens;

Topics on Fasting

Fasting For Long Periods

Exodus 34:28

So then he was there, with Yahweh, forty days and forty nights, bread, did he not eat and, water, did he not drink, and he wrote upon the tables, the words of the covenant, the ten words.

Fasting In Mourning

1 Samuel 1:7-8

And, thus, used she to do, year by year, whenever she went up to the house of Yahweh, thus, used she to vex her, - and she wept, and would not eat.

Fasting, Accompanied By

Ezra 8:23

So we fasted and sought of our God, concerning this, - and he suffered himself to be entreated by us.

Fasting, Examples Of

2 Samuel 12:16

David therefore earnestly sought God in behalf of the boy, - and David kept a fast, and used to go in and pass the night, and lie upon the ground.

Fasting, Nature Of

Ezra 10:6

Then arose Ezra from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jehohanan son of Eliashib, - and, when he came thither, bread, did he not eat, and, water, did he not drink, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of them of the Exile.

Fasting, Of Hypocrites

Isaiah 58:4-5

Lo! for strife and contention, ye fast, And to smite with the fist of lawlessness, - Ye shall not fast as to-day, To cause to be heard on high your voice!

Fasting, Practice Of

Jeremiah 14:11-12

And Yahweh said unto me, - Do not pray for this people for blessing;

Fasting, Reasons For

1 Chronicles 10:11-12

And, when all Jabesh-Gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,

Pointless Fasting

2 Samuel 12:23

But, now, that he is dead, wherefore should I go on fasting? can I bring him back again? I am going unto him, but, he, will not come back unto me.