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The Chosen Fast

58 Cry aloud, do not hold back;
    lift up your voice like a trumpet,
and show My people their transgression
    and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me daily
    and delight to know My ways,
as a nation that has done righteousness
    and has not forsaken the ordinance of their God.
They ask Me for the ordinances of justice;
    they take delight in approaching God.
“Why have we fasted
    and You do not see?
Why have we humbled ourselves
    and You take no notice?”

Certainly, on the day of your fast you find your desire
    and are exacting on all your laborers.
Certainly, you fast for strife and debate
    and to strike with the fist of wickedness.
You do not fast as you do this day,
    to make your voice to be heard on high.
Is it such a fast that I have chosen,
    a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush,
    and to spread out sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast
    and an acceptable day to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I have chosen:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
    to undo the heavy burdens,
and to let the oppressed go free,
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
    and bring the poor who are outcasts into your house?
When you see the naked, to cover him
    and not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth as the morning,
    and your healing shall spring forth quickly,
and your righteousness shall go before you;
    the glory of the Lord shall be your reward.
Then you shall call, and the Lord shall answer;
    you shall cry, and He shall say, Here I am.

If you take away the yoke from your midst,
    the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 and if you give yourself to the hungry
    and satisfy the afflicted soul,
then your light shall rise in obscurity,
    and your darkness shall become as the noonday.
11 And the Lord shall guide you continually,
    and satisfy your soul in drought,
    and strengthen your bones;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
    and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you shall rebuild the old waste places;
    you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
and you shall be called, the Repairer of the Breach,
    the Restorer of Paths in which to Dwell.

13 If because of the Sabbath you turn away your foot
    from doing your pleasure on My holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight,
    the holy day of the Lord honorable,
and honor it, not doing your own ways,
    nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words,
14 then you shall delight yourself in the Lord,
    and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth,
    and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
    For the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.