Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,(A)
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke?(B)
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,(C)
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,(D)
and not to ignore[a] your own flesh and blood?(E)
Then your light will appear like the dawn,
and your recovery will come quickly.(F)
Your righteousness will go before you,(G)
and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.(H)
At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer;(I)
when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you get rid of the yoke among you,[b]
the finger-pointing and malicious speaking,(J)
10 and if you offer yourself[c] to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted one,
then your light will shine in the darkness,(K)
and your night will be like noonday.
11 The Lord will always lead you,
satisfy you in a parched land,
and strengthen your bones.
You will be like a watered garden(L)
and like a spring whose waters never run dry.(M)
12 Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins;(N)
you will restore the foundations laid long ago;[d](O)
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live.

13 “If you keep from desecrating[e] the Sabbath,(P)
from doing whatever you want on My holy day;
if you call the Sabbath a delight,
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,(Q)
seeking your own pleasure, or talking too much;[f]
14 then you will delight yourself in the Lord,(R)
and I will make you ride over the heights of the land,(S)
and let you enjoy the heritage of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.(T)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:7 Lit not hide yourself from
  2. Isaiah 58:9 Lit yoke from your midst
  3. Isaiah 58:10 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr read offer your bread
  4. Isaiah 58:12 Lit foundations generation and generation
  5. Isaiah 58:13 Lit keep your foot from
  6. Isaiah 58:13 Lit or speak a word