58 1Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and
declare unto my people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their
2Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways: as a nation
that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God, they ask
of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near unto God.
have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have
we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of
your fast ye find your own pleasure, and exact all your labors.
4Behold, ye fast for strife and contention, and to smite with the fist of
wickedness: ye fast not this day so as to make your voice to be heard on
5Is such the fast that I have chosen? the day for a man to afflict
his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a rush, and to spread sackcloth and
ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to
6Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of
wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free,
and that ye break every yoke?
7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest
the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own
8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy healing
shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the
glory of Jehovah shall by thy rearward.
9Then shalt thou call, and
Jehovah will answer; thou shalt cry, and he will say, Here I am. If thou take
away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and
10and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and
satisfy the afflicted soul: then shall thy light rise in darkness, and thine
obscurity be as the noonday;
11and Jehovah will guide thee continually,
and satisfy thy soul in dry places, and make strong thy bones; and thou shalt
be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places; thou
shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called
The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day;
and call the sabbath a delight, and the holy of Jehovah honorable;
and shalt honor it, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure,
nor speaking thine own words:
14then shalt thou delight thyself
in Jehovah; and I will make thee to ride upon the high places of the earth;
and I will feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of
Jehovah hath spoken it.