2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that doeth righteousness, and hath not forsaken the ordinance of their God; they ask of me the ordinances of righteousness, they take delight in approaching to God:
3 —Wherefore have we fasted, and thou seest not; have afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find what pleaseth [you], and exact all your labours.
4 Behold, ye have fasted for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness; ye do not at present fast, to cause your voice to be heard on high.Read full chapter
New International Version
2 For day after day they seek(A) me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken(B) the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near(C) them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’(D) they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled(E) ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’(F)
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please(G)
and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,(H)
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard(I) on high.