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Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

4:16 will fast likewise. Even though prayer is not mentioned (probably a deliberate omission—see Introduction), there is no doubt that the three days of fasting were really days of fasting and fervent prayer.

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