Ezra 8:21

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our possessions.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Fast it seems for eight days, so that they departed on the 12th, ver. 31. (Menochius) It will not suffice to leave sin, we must also do works of satisfaction. (Worthington)

Richard Challoner

AD 1781
I proclaimed there a fast: It is not enough to part from Babylon, that is, figuratively from sin, but we must also do works of penance; and therefore Esdras here proclaimed an extraordinary fast to those that were come from captivity. This shews that fasting was commanded and practised from the earliest times.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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