"1Cryloudly, do not holdback; Raise your voice like a trumpet, And declare to My people their 2transgression And to the house of Jacob their sins.
"Yet they 3seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, As a nation that has done4righteousness And 5has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for justdecisions, They delight6in the nearness of God.
3'Why have we 7fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbledourselves and You do not anotice?' Behold, on the 8day of your fast you find your desire, And drivehardall your workers.
4"Behold, you fast for contention and 9strife and to strike with a wickedfist. You do not fast like you do today to 10make your voiceheard on high.
"Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humblehimself? Is it for bowingbone's head like a reed And for spreading out 11sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you callthis a fast, even an 12acceptableday to the LORD?
"Is this not the fast which I choose, To 13loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to 14let the oppressedgofree And 15breakeveryyoke?
"Is it not to 16divide your breadcwith the hungry And 17bring the homelesspoor into the house; When you see the 18naked, to cover him; And not to 19hide yourself from your own flesh?
8"Then your 20light will break out like the dawn, And your 21recovery will speedilyspringforth; And your 22righteousness will gobefore you; The glory of the 23LORD will be your rearguard.
9"Then you will 24call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' If you 25remove the yoke from your midst, The d26pointing of the finger and 27speakingwickedness,
And if you e28giveyourself to the hungry And satisfy the fdesire of the afflicted, Then your 29light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday.
"And the 30LORD will continuallyguide you, And 31satisfy your gdesire in scorchedplaces, And 32givestrength to your bones; And you will be like a 33wateredgarden, And like a 34spring of waterwhosewaters do not hfail.
"Those from among you will 35rebuild the ancientruins; You will 36raise up the age-oldfoundations; And you will be called the repairer of the 37breach, The restorer of the istreets in which to dwell.
13"Ifbecause of the sabbath, you 38turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holyday, And call the sabbath a 39delight, the holy day of the LORDhonorable, And honor it, desisting from your 40own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And 41speaking your own word,
14Then you will take42delight in the LORD, And I will make you ride43on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the 44mouth of the LORD has spoken."