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Isaiah 58 (Lexham English Bible)

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True Fasts and Sabbaths

1 "Call with [the] throat; you must not keep back! lift up your voice like [a] trumpet, and declarea to my people their rebellion, and to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yetb they seek me day [by] day, and they desire the knowledge of my ways like a nation that {practiced}c righteousness, and had not forsaken the judgment of its God; they ask me for {righteous judgments},d they desire the closeness of God. 3 'Why do we fast, and you do not see [it]? We humiliate our soul, and you do not notice [it]?' Look! You find delight on the day of your fast, and you oppress all your workers! 4 Look! You fast to quarrel and strife, and to strike with a {wicked fist}.e You shall not fast as [you do] {today},f to {make your voice heard}g on the height. 5 Is [the] fast I choose like this, a day for humankind to humiliate {himself}h? To bow his head like a reed, and {make}i his bed [on] sackcloth and ashes; you call this a fast and a day of pleasure to Yahweh? 6 Is this not [the] fast I choose: to release [the] bonds of injustice, to untie [the] ropes of [the] yoke, and to let [the] oppressed go free, and {tear}j every yoke to pieces? 7 [Is it] not to break your bread for the hungry? You must bring {home}k [the] poor, [the] homeless. When you see [the] naked, you must cover him, and you must not hide yourself from your {relatives}.l 8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall grow quickly. And your salvation shall go before you; the glory of Yahweh will be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and Yahweh himself will answer. You shall cry for help, and he will say, 'Here I [am]!' If you remove from among you [the] yoke, the {finger-pointing}m and {evil speech},n 10 ifo you offer your soul to the hungry, and you satisfy [the] appetite of [the] afflicted, thenp your light shall rise in the darkness, and your darkness [will be] like noon. 11 And Yahweh will lead you continually, and satisfy your soul in a barren land, and he will strengthen your bones, and you shall be like a well-watered garden, and like a spring of water whose water does not fail. 12 And they shall rebuild ancient ruins from you; you shall erect [the] foundations of {many generations,}q and {you shall be called}r [the] bricklayer [of] [the] breach, [the] restorer of paths to live [in]. 13 If you hold your foot back from [the] Sabbath, [from] doing your affairs on {my holy day},s ift you call the Sabbath a pleasure, the holy [day] of Yahweh honorable, ifu you honor him {more than}v doing your ways, than finding your affairsw and speaking a word, 14 then you shall take your pleasure inx Yahweh, and I will make you ride upon [the] heights of [the] earth, and I will feed you the heritage of Jacob your ancestor,y for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken."
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