|58||Revised Standard Version||Passage|
|1||"Cry aloud, spare not, |
Lift up your voice like a trumpet;
declare to my people their transgression,
to the house of Jacob their sins.
|True fasting. Is.58.1-12|
|2||Yet they seek me daily, |
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that did righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments,
they delight to draw near to God.
|3||'Why have we fasted, and thou seest it not? |
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and thou takest no knowledge of it?'
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, Or: pursue your own business
and oppress all your workers.
|4||Behold, you fast only to quarrel |
and to fight and to hit with wicked fist.
Fasting like yours this day
will not make your voice to be heard on high.
|5||Is such the fast that I choose, |
a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head like a rush,
and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast,
and a day acceptable to the LORD?
|6||"Is not this the fast that I choose: |
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
|7||Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, |
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
|8||Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, |
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you,
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
|9||Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; |
you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am.
"If you take away from the midst of you the yoke,
|10||if you pour yourself out for the hungry |
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
|11||And the LORD will guide you continually, |
and satisfy your desire with good things, The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters fail not.
|12||And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; |
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.