Isaiah 58


The LORD's Chosen Fast

1Yell out in strength! and you should not spare. As a trumpet, raise up high your voice, and announce to my people their sins, and to the house of Jacob their lawless deeds! 2[2me 3day 4by 5day 1They seek], and [2to know 3my 4ways 1they desire], as a people [2righteousness 1executing], and [3judgment 4of their God 1not 2abandoning]. They ask me now [2judgment 1for a just], and [2to approach 3to God 1they desire], 3saying, Why is it that we fasted, and you did not look? Why did we humble our souls, and you did not know? For in the days of your fasts you find the things of your wants, and all the ones under your hands you goad. 4[2for 3litigations 4and 5fights 1You fast], and you beat [2with your fists 1the humble]. Why [2to me 1do you fast] as you do today? [2to be heard 3in 4a cry 1is it for your voice]? 5[2not 4this 5fast 1I did 3choose], nor a day [2to humble 1for a man] his soul; nor even should you bend [2as 3a hook 1your neck], nor [2sackcloth 3and 4ashes 1should you spread under you], nor thus shall you call [2fast 1an acceptable]. 6[3not 5such 2I 1Did 4choose] a fast, says the  lord. But untie every bond of injustice! Part [2perverseness 1violent] of exchanges! Send out [3the ones having been devastated 1by 2a free release], and [2every 4writ 3unjust 1tear apart]! 7Break [2with ones hungering 1your bread], and [3poor 2the homeless 1bring] into your house! If you behold one naked, clothe him! And concerning the members of your family of your seed, you shall not disdain them. 8Then [2shall be torn through 3the 4morning 1your light], and the things for your cures quickly shall arise; and [2shall go before 3in front of 4you 1your righteousness], and the glory of God shall screen you. 9Then you shall yell, and the  lord shall hearken to you. Yet while you are speaking he shall say, Behold, I am at hand. If you remove from yourself conspiracy, and stretching forth of the hands, and [2discourse 1grumbling]; 10and should give to ones hungering the bread from your soul, and [2the soul 3being humble 1should fill up], then [2shall rise 3in 4the 5darkness 1your light], and your darkness shall be as midday. 11And [2will be 1your God] with you always, and you shall be filled up just as [2desires 1your soul]. And your bones shall be fattened, and will be as [2garden 1a saturated], and as a spring which [2failed not 1water]. 12And [4shall be built 5to you 1the 3desolate places 2everlasting], and [4will be 3foundations 1your 2everlasting] in generations of generations; and you shall be called a builder of barriers. And the stones, the ones between your roads shall cease. 13If you should turn your foot from the Sabbaths, so as to not do your wants on the [2day 1holy], and shall call the Sabbaths delightful, holy to your God; if you shall not lift your foot to work, nor shall you speak a word in anger from out of your mouth, 14then shall you be relying upon the  lord, and he will bring [3upon your 1the 2good things] land, and he will feed you the inheritance of Jacob your father. For the mouth of the  lord spoke these things.
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