Chapter 58

Observances of Fasts

1aCry loudly, do not hold back;

Raise your voice like a trumpet,

And declare to My people their btransgression

And to the house of Jacob their sins.

2 “Yet they aseek Me day by day and delight to know My ways,

As a nation that has done brighteousness

And chas not forsaken the ordinance of their God.

They ask Me for just decisions,

They delight din the nearness of God.

3 ‘Why have we afasted and You do not see?

Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not 1notice?’

Behold, on the bday of your fast you find your desire,

And drive hard all your workers.

4 “Behold, you fast for contention and astrife and to strike with a wicked fist.

You do not fast like you do today to bmake 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 1one’s head like a reed

And for spreading out asackcloth and ashes as a bed?

Will you call this a fast, even an bacceptable day to the Lord?

6 “Is this not the fast which I choose,

To aloosen the bonds of wickedness,

To undo the bands of the yoke,

And to blet the oppressed go free

And cbreak every yoke?

7 “Is it not to adivide your bread 1with the hungry

And bbring the homeless poor into the house;

When you see the cnaked, to cover him;

And not to dhide yourself from your own flesh?

8 “Then your alight will break out like the dawn,

And your brecovery will speedily spring forth;

And your crighteousness will go before you;

The glory of the dLord will be your rear guard.

9 “Then you will acall, and the Lord will answer;

You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’

If you bremove the yoke from your midst,

The 1cpointing of the finger and dspeaking wickedness,

10 And if you 1agive yourself to the hungry

And satisfy the 2desire of the afflicted,

Then your blight will rise in darkness

And your gloom will become like midday.

11 “And the aLord will continually guide you,

And bsatisfy your 1desire in scorched places,

And cgive strength to your bones;

And you will be like a dwatered garden,

And like a espring of water whose waters do not 2fail.

12 “Those from among you will arebuild the ancient ruins;

You will braise up the age-old foundations;

And you will be called the repairer of the cbreach,

The restorer of the 1streets in which to dwell.

Keeping the Sabbath

13 “If because of the sabbath, you aturn your foot

From doing your own pleasure on My holy day,

And call the sabbath a bdelight, the holy day of the Lord honorable,

And honor it, desisting from your cown ways,

From seeking your own pleasure

And dspeaking your own word,

14 Then you will take adelight in the Lord,

And I will make you ride bon the heights of the earth;

And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father,

For the cmouth of the Lord has spoken.”


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