Is this the kind of fast1 I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble2 himself ? Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed3 and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?4 Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?
"Is not this the kind of fasting5 I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice6 and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed7 free and break every yoke?87
Is it not to share your food with the hungry9 and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter10-- when you see the naked, to clothe11 him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?128
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,13 and your healing14 will quickly appear; then your righteousnessa15 will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.169
Then you will call,17 and the LORD will answer;18 you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger19 and malicious talk,20