Isaiah 58:6–12

Isn’t the fast I choose:

To break the chains of wickedness, w

to untie the ropes of the yoke,

to set the oppressed free,

and to tear off every yoke? x

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, y

to bring the poor and homeless into your house,

to clothe the naked when you see him, z

and not to ignore a your own flesh and blood? b

Then your light will appear like the dawn,

and your recovery will come quickly. c

Your righteousness will go before you, d

and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard. e

At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer; f

when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’

If you get rid of the yoke among you, g

the finger-pointing and malicious speaking, h

10 and if you offer yourself i to the hungry,

and satisfy the afflicted one,

then your light will shine in the darkness, j

and your night will be like noonday.

11 The Lord will always lead you,

satisfy you in a parched land,

and strengthen your bones.

You will be like a watered garden k

and like a spring whose waters never run dry. l

12 Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins; m

you will restore the foundations laid long ago; n o

you will be called the repairer of broken walls,

the restorer of streets where people live.

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