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At the evening sacrifice I arose up from my humiliation and fasting, even with my garment and my robe torn, and I fell on my knees, and spread out my hands to Yahweh my God, Bible

“humiliation and fasting.” The Hebrew word taaneth (#08589 תַּעֲנִית) refers to being humiliated and humbling oneself, in part by fasting. That explains why some English versions have “fasting,” while others place the emphasis on the purpose of the fasting, which is humbling oneself. The REV captures both aspects of the word by using italics.


Commentary for: Ezra 9:5