1 Cry aloud, do not spare; lift up your voice like a shofar, and declare to My people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did
righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the
ordinances of justice; they take delight in drawing near to God.
3 They say, Why have we fasted, and You do not see? Why have we afflicted our souls,
and You take no notice? Behold, in the day of your fast you devise pleasures, and oppress
all your laborers.
4 Behold, you fast for strife and contention, and to strike with the fist of wickedness; you
shall not fast as you do today, to make your voice heard on high.
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow
down his head like a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call
this a fast and a day pleasing to Jehovah?
6 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 that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to break your bread to the hungry, and that you should bring home the
wandering poor? When you see the naked to cover him; and not hide yourself from your
8 Then shall your light break forth as the dawn, and your health shall spring forth
speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of Jehovah shall bring up
9 Then you shall call, and Jehovah will answer; you shall cry out, and He shall say, Here
I am. If you take the yoke away from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking
10 and if you extend your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall
your light shine in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 And Jehovah shall guide you continually and satisfy your soul in dry places, and
make your bones fat; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
12 And those from among you shall build the old ruins; you shall raise up the
foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Paths to Dwell in.
13 If you turn back your foot, on the Sabbath, from doing what you please on My holy
days, and call the Sabbath a delight, the sacred of Jehovah, honorable; and shall honor
Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own
14 then you shall delight yourself in Jehovah; and I will cause you to ride on the high
places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of
Jehovah has spoken.