Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,1 and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard2 on high.
Is this the kind of fast3 I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble4 himself ? Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed5 and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?6 Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?
"Is not this the kind of fasting7 I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice8 and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed9 free and break every yoke?107
Is it not to share your food with the hungry11 and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter12-- when you see the naked, to clothe13 him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?148
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,15 and your healing16 will quickly appear; then your righteousnessa17 will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.189
Then you will call,19 and the LORD will answer;20 you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger21 and malicious talk,2210
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,23 then your light24 will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.2511
The LORD will guide26 you always; he will satisfy your needs27 in a sun-scorched land28 and will strengthen29 your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden,30 like a spring31 whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins32 and will raise up the age-old foundations;33 you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,34 Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath35 and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight36 and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,3714
then you will find your joy38 in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights39 of the land and to feast on the inheritance40 of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.41