Isaiah 58

Observances of Fasts

1 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.
3Why have we g  fasted and You do not see?
Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not
Lit know
notice?’
Behold, on the i  day of your fast you find your desire,
And drive hard all your workers.
4Behold, 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.
5Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it for bowing
Lit his
one’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?
6Is 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 for
with 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?
8Then 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.
9Then 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,
The
Lit sending out
,
ad  pointing of the finger and ae  speaking wickedness,
10And if you
Lit furnish
,
ag  give yourself to the hungry
And satisfy the
Or soul
desire 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 soul
desire 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 deceive
fail.
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 paths
streets in which to dwell.

Keeping the Sabbath

13If 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,
14Then 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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