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Isaiah 58

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 1 "Cry aloud, do not hold back, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance [commands] of their God; they ask me for just decisions; they take delight in approaching God.

 3 'Why have we fasted,' they say, 'and you do not see? Why have we afflicted our soul, and you take no notice?' "Yet on the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers.

 4 In fact, you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the fist of wickedness. You cannot fast like you do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

 5 Is this the kind of fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it only to bow down his head like a bulrush [reed], and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him [to lie on]? Will you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

 7 Is it not to share your bread with hungry, and bring to your house the poor who are cast out? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh?

 8 Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

 9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,

 10 And if you extend your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall rise in darkness, and your darkness will be like the noon day.

 11 And the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

 12 And those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

 13 If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable, and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words,

 14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken."


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