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Isaiah 58 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Worship the Lord as He Wants to Be Worshiped

58 Cry aloud! Don’t hold back!
    Raise your voice like a ram’s horn.
        Tell my people about their rebellion
            and the descendants of Jacob about their sins.
They look for me every day and want to know my ways.
    They act as if they were a nation that has done what is right
        and as if they haven’t disregarded Elohim’s judgment on them.
    They ask me for just decrees.
    They want Elohim to be near them.

Why have we fasted if you are not aware of it?
    Why have we inflicted pain on ourselves if you don’t pay attention?

Don’t you see that on the days you fast,
    you do what you want to do?
        You mistreat all your workers.
Don’t you see that when you fast,
    you quarrel and fight and beat your workers?
        The way you fast today keeps you from being heard in heaven.
Is this the kind of fasting I have chosen?
    Should people humble themselves for only a day?
    Is fasting just bowing your head like a cattail
    and making your bed from sackcloth and ashes?
    Is this what you call fasting?
    Is this an acceptable day to Yahweh?

This is the kind of fasting I have chosen:
    Loosen the chains of wickedness,
        untie the straps of the yoke,[a]
            let the oppressed go free,
                and break every yoke.
Share your food with the hungry,
    take the poor and homeless into your house,
        and cover them with clothes when you see them naked.
            Don’t refuse to help your relatives.

Then your light will break through like the dawn,
    and you will heal quickly.
    Your righteousness will go ahead of you,
    and the glory of Yahweh will guard you from behind.
Then you will call, and Yahweh will answer.
    You will cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am!”

Get rid of that yoke.
    Don’t point your finger and say wicked things.

10 If you give some of your own food to feed those who are hungry
    and to satisfy the needs of those who are humble,
    then your light will rise in the dark,
    and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.
11 Yahweh will continually guide you
    and satisfy you even in sun-baked places.
    He will strengthen your bones.
    You will become like a watered garden
        and like a spring whose water does not stop flowing.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the foundations of past generations.
    You will be called the Rebuilder of Broken Walls
    and the Restorer of Streets Where People Live.

13 If you stop trampling on the day of worship
    and doing as you please on my holy day,
    if you call the day of worship a delight
    and Yahweh’s holy day honorable,
    if you honor it by not going your own way,
    by not going out when you want, and by not talking idly,
14 then you will find joy in Yahweh.
    I will make you ride on the heights of the earth.
    I will feed you with the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob.
    Yahweh has spoken.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 58:6 A yoke is a wooden bar placed over the necks of work animals so that they can pull plows or carts.
Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

Isaiah 58 New International Version (NIV)

True Fasting

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

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

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    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 and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
    and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
    and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
    and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
    and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
    and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 58:8 Or your righteous One
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