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Esther 8:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 In every province and every city, wherever the king’s command and his law reached, joy and rejoicing took place among the Jews. There was a celebration and a holiday.[a] And many of the ethnic groups of the land professed themselves to be Jews because fear of the Jews had overcome them.


  1. Esther 8:17 Lit good day

Isaiah 58:5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Will the fast I choose be like this:
A day for a person to deny himself,
to bow his head like a reed,
and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast
and a day acceptable to the Lord?

Daniel 9:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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

Jonah 3:5-6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The men of Nineveh believed in God.[a] They proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth—from the greatest of them to the least.

When word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes.


  1. Jonah 3:5 Or believed God

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