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Isaiah 58:5-9 (New International Version)

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5 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? 6 "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?8 7 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?12 8 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.16 9 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
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