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.
5 Is this the kind of fast(J) I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble(K) themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed(L)
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?(M)
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?