'Fast' in the Bible
Then Jael, Heber's wife, took the tent stake, and putting a hammer in her hand, went softly unto him and smote the stake into his temples and fastened it into the ground, for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
And they answered him, saying, No, we will bind thee fast and deliver thee into their hands; but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords and brought him up from the rock.
And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then I shall become weak and be as any other man.
Then his slaves said unto him, What is this that thou hast done? Thou didst fast and weep for the child while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people
They proclaimed a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people.
And Elisha sat in his house, and the elders sat with him; and the king sent a man unto him. But before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, See ye how this son of a murderer has sent to take away my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door; is not the sound of his master's feet behind him?
Then Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek the LORD and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
Be it known unto the king that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is being built with stones of marble, and the timbers are laid in the walls, and this work is going fast and prospers in their hands.
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.
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so I will go in unto the king, even though this is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.
He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand; he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
I hold fast to my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
when the dust hardens and the clods cleave fast together?
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presses me sore.
A disease of Belial, they say, cleaves fast unto him, and now that he lies he shall rise up no more.
I will keep my mercy for him for ever, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
Samech They stand fast from age to age Ain and are made in truth and uprightness.
Take fast hold of chastening; do not let go; keep this; for it is thy life.
The false witness shall perish, but the man that hears shall stand fast in his word.
Why have we fasted, they say, and thou dost not see? why have we afflicted our soul, and thou dost take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find your own pleasure and exact your own estates.
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day to make your voice to be heard on high.
Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast and an acceptable day to the LORD?
Is not rather the fast that I have chosen, to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the ties of oppression, to release into freedom those who are broken, and that ye break every yoke?
Why then is this people of Jerusalem rebellious with a perpetual rebellion? They hold fast deceit; they refuse to return.
When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by sword and by famine and by pestilence.
And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people of Jerusalem and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.
Declare ye in Egypt, and publish in Migdol, and publish in Memphis and in Tahpanhes: say ye, Stand fast, and prepare thee; for the sword shall devour round about thee.
The calamity of Moab is near to come, and his affliction hastens fast.
Thus hath the LORD of the hosts said: The sons of Israel and the sons of Judah were oppressed together; and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.
Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the earth into the house of the LORD your God and cry unto the LORD.
Blow the shofar in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
And the mariners were afraid, and everyone called unto his god, and they cast forth the vessels that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; he lay and was fast asleep.
So the people of Nineveh believed God and proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
Speak unto all the people of the land and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?
Thus hath the LORD of the hosts said, The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They already have their reward.
But thou, when thou dost fast, anoint thine head, and wash thy face
that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who sees in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but thy disciples do not fast?
And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then they shall fast.
Now he that betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; hold him fast.
And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees did fast and therefore came and said unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
And Jesus said unto them, Can those who are in a wedding fast while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast in those days.
Then they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees, but thine eat and drink?
And he said unto them, Can ye make the sons of the bridechamber fast while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
I fast two meals every sabbath; I give tithes of all that I possess.
But their eyes were held fast that they should not know him.
who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
But falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast and remained unmovable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with the yoke of slavery.
Therefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and stand fast, all the work having been finished.
Only let your conversation be as is worthy of the gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, unanimous, working together for the faith of the gospel,
holding fast the word of life, that I may glory in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, fed and united by its joints and bonds, grows in the increase of God.
for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
Therefore, brethren, stand fast and retain the doctrine which ye have been taught, whether by word or our epistle.
holding fast faith and a good conscience, which some, having cast away, have shipwrecked in their faith,
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and charity which is in Christ Jesus.
holding fast the doctrine according to the faithful word, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
but Christ as a son over his own house, which house we are, if we hold fast the confidence and the glorious hope firmly until the end.
Having, therefore, a great high priest who penetrated the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast this profession of our hope.
let us hold fast the profession of our hope without wavering (for he is faithful that promised).
Therefore, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us hold fast to the grace, by which we serve God, pleasing him with reverence and godly fear:
I know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's throne is, and thou holdest fast my name and hast not denied my faith, even in those days in which Antipas was my faithful witness, , who was slain among you, where Satan dwellest.
But that which ye have already hold fast until I come.
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