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Yet[a] they seek me day by day,
    and they desire the knowledge of my ways
like a nation that practiced[b] righteousness,
    and had not forsaken the judgment of its God;
they ask me for righteous judgments,[c]
    they desire the closeness of God.
‘Why do we fast, and you do not see it?
    We humiliate our soul, and you do not notice it?’
Look! You find delight on the day of your fast,
    and you oppress all your workers!
Look! You fast to quarrel and strife,
    and to strike with a wicked fist.[d]
You shall not fast as you do today,[e]
    to make your voice heard[f] on the height.

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  1. Isaiah 58:2 Or “And”
  2. Isaiah 58:2 Literally “did”
  3. Isaiah 58:2 Literally “judgments of righteousness”
  4. Isaiah 58:4 Literally “fist of wickedness”
  5. Isaiah 58:4 Literally “the day”
  6. Isaiah 58:4 Literally “cause to hear your voice”

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