15 For this is what the high and exalted(A) One says—
    he who lives forever,(B) whose name is holy:
“I live in a high(C) and holy place,
    but also with the one who is contrite(D) and lowly in spirit,(E)
to revive the spirit of the lowly
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.(F)
16 I will not accuse(G) them forever,
    nor will I always be angry,(H)
for then they would faint away because of me—
    the very people(I) I have created.
17 I was enraged by their sinful greed;(J)
    I punished them, and hid(K) my face in anger,
    yet they kept on in their willful ways.(L)
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal(M) them;
    I will guide(N) them and restore comfort(O) to Israel’s mourners,
19     creating praise on their lips.(P)
Peace, peace,(Q) to those far and near,”(R)
    says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”
20 But the wicked(S) are like the tossing sea,(T)
    which cannot rest,
    whose waves cast up mire(U) and mud.
21 “There is no peace,”(V) says my God, “for the wicked.”(W)

True Fasting

58 “Shout it aloud,(X) do not hold back.
    Raise your voice like a trumpet.(Y)
Declare to my people their rebellion(Z)
    and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.(AA)
For day after day they seek(AB) me out;
    they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
    and has not forsaken(AC) the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
    and seem eager for God to come near(AD) them.
‘Why have we fasted,’(AE) they say,
    ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled(AF) ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?’(AG)

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please(AH)
    and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,(AI)
    and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard(AJ) on high.
Is this the kind of fast(AK) I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble(AL) themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed(AM)
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?(AN)
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the kind of fasting(AO) I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice(AP)
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed(AQ) free
    and break every yoke?(AR)
Is it not to share your food with the hungry(AS)
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter(AT)
when you see the naked, to clothe(AU) them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?(AV)
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,(AW)
    and your healing(AX) will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a](AY) will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.(AZ)
Then you will call,(BA) and the Lord will answer;(BB)
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger(BC) and malicious talk,(BD)


  1. Isaiah 58:8 Or your righteous One

21 “As for me, this is my covenant(A) with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit,(B) who is on you, will not depart from you,(C) and my words that I have put in your mouth(D) will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

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