2 For day after day they seeky me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsakenz the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come neara them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’b they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbledc ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’d
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you pleasee
and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,f
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heardg on high.
5 Is this the kind of fasth I have chosen,
only a day for people to humblei themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reedj
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?k
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fastingl I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injusticem
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressedn free
and break every yoke?o
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungryp
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelterq—
when you see the naked, to clother them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?s
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,t
and your healingu will quickly appear;
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.w
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,b
then your lightc will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.d
11 The Lord will guidee you always;
and will strengthenh your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,i
like a springj whose waters never fail.
Or your righteous One