True Fasting
1“Cry out loudly, # Lit with throat don’t hold back!
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Tell My people their transgression
and the house of Jacob their sins.
2They seek Me day after day
and delight to know My ways,
like a nation that does what is right
and does not abandon the justice of their God.
They ask Me for righteous judgments;
they delight in the nearness of God.” #Ps 119:151Is 29:13|NoBook| 57:3Jms 4:8
3“Why have we fasted, but You have not seen? #Mal 3:14Lk 18:12
We have denied ourselves, but You haven’t noticed! ” # These are Israel’s words to God.
“Look, you do as you please on the day of your fast,
and oppress all your workers. #Is 22:12-13Zch 7:5-6
4You fast with contention and strife
to strike viciously with your fist.
You cannot fast as you do today,
hoping to make your voice heard on high.
5Will the fast I choose be like this:
A day for a person to deny himself,
to bow his head like a reed,
and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? #Est 4:3Dn 9:3
Will you call this a fast
and a day acceptable to the Lord?
6Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness, #Jb 36:8Ps 107:10Ec 7:26
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke? #Neh 5:10-12Is 58:9Jr 34:8
7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, #Jb 31:19-20Is 58:10Ezk 18:7
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him, #Mt 25:35-36Lk 3:11
and not to ignore # Lit not hide yourself from your own flesh and blood? #Dt 22:1-4Lk 10:31-32
8Then your light will appear like the dawn,
and your recovery will come quickly. #Is 30:26|NoBook| 33:24Jr 30:17|NoBook| 33:6
Your righteousness will go before you, #Ps 85:13Is 62:1
and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard. #Ex 14:19Is 52:12
9At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer; #Ps 50:15Is 55:6|NoBook| 65:24
when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you get rid of the yoke among you, # Lit yoke from your midst
the finger-pointing and malicious speaking, #Pr 6:13
10and if you offer yourself # Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr read offer your bread to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted one,
then your light will shine in the darkness, #Jb 11:17Ps 37:6Is 42:16|NoBook| 58:8
and your night will be like noonday.
11The Lord will always lead you,
satisfy you in a parched land,
and strengthen your bones.
You will be like a watered garden #Sg 4:15Is 27:3Jr 31:12
and like a spring whose waters never run dry. #Jn 4:14|NoBook| 7:38
12Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins; #Ezr 6:14Neh 4:6Is 49:8|NoBook| 61:4Ezk 36:10
you will restore the foundations laid long ago; # Lit foundations generation and generation #1Kg 6:37Ezr 3:10-12
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live.
13“If you keep from desecrating # Lit keep your foot from the Sabbath, #Ex 31:16-1735:2-3Is 56:2-6Jr 17:21-27
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, #Is 55:8
seeking your own pleasure, or talking too much; # Lit or speak a word
14then you will delight yourself in the Lord, #Jb 22:26Ps 37:4
and I will make you ride over the heights of the land, #Dt 32:13|NoBook| 33:29Is 33:16Hab 3:19
and let you enjoy the heritage of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. #Is 1:20|NoBook| 40:5
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