The king of Nineveh declares a fast

Jonah son of Amittai is sent to preach to the vast Gentile city of Nineveh. The king repents and declares that people and animals do a dry fast.



Here is the key Bible passage, with the key phrase underlined:

Jonah 3:7-8. He made a proclamation and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, “Let neither man nor animal, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, nor drink water; 8 but let them be covered with sackcloth, both man and animal, and let them cry mightily to God. Yes, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in his hands.

After hearing the message of the prophet Jonah, the king of Nineveh and all his 120,000 people fasted and repented. Even the animals fasted.

Theirs was a fast from both food and drink. In our day, that is called Dry Fasting.

God honored the repentance and fasting of the king of Nineveh and his people. And animals!



Fasting is only for those who are medically capable. Check with your health care provider. Experts say you need to be under the supervision of a doctor during the time of a fast.


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