Observances of Fasts1 a “Cry loudly, do not hold back;
Raise your voice like a trumpet,
And declare to My people their b transgression
And to the house of Jacob their sins.
2 “Yet they c seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways,
As a nation that has done d righteousness
And e has not forsaken the ordinance of their God.
They ask Me for just decisions,
They delight f in the nearness of God.
3 ‘Why have we g fasted and You do not see?
Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not ▼
▼ Lit knownotice?’
Behold, on the i day of your fast you find your desire,
And drive hard all your workers.
4 “Behold, you fast for contention and j strife and to strike with a wicked fist.
You do not fast like you do today to k make your voice heard on high.
5 “Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it for bowing ▼
▼ Lit hisone’s head like a reed
And for spreading out m sackcloth and ashes as a bed?
Will you call this a fast, even an n acceptable day to the Lord?
6 “Is this not the fast which I choose,
To o loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to p let the oppressed go free
And q break every yoke?
7 “Is it not to r divide your bread ▼
▼ Lit forwith the hungry
And t bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the u naked, to cover him;
And not to v hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 “Then your w light will break out like the dawn,
And your x recovery will speedily spring forth;
And your y righteousness will go before you;
The glory of the z Lord will be your rear guard.
9 “Then you will aa call, and the Lord will answer;
You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you ab remove the yoke from your midst,
▼ Lit sending out, ad pointing of the finger and ae speaking wickedness,
10 And if you ▼
▼ Lit furnish, ag give yourself to the hungry
And satisfy the ▼
▼ Or souldesire of the afflicted,
Then your ai light will rise in darkness
And your gloom will become like midday.
11 “And the aj Lord will continually guide you,
And ak satisfy your ▼
▼ Or souldesire in scorched places,
And am give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a an watered garden,
And like a ao spring of water whose waters do not ▼
▼ Or deceivefail.
12 “Those from among you will aq rebuild the ancient ruins;
You will ar raise up the age-old foundations;
And you will be called the repairer of the as breach,
The restorer of the ▼
▼ Lit pathsstreets in which to dwell.
Keeping the Sabbath13 “If because of the sabbath, you au turn your foot
From doing your own pleasure on My holy day,
And call the sabbath a av delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable,
And honor it, desisting from your aw own ways,
From seeking your own pleasure
And ax speaking your own word,
14 Then you will take ay delight in the Lord,
And I will make you ride az on the heights of the earth;
And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,
For the ba mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
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