1Cry aloud, don’t spare, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and declare
to my people their disobedience, and to the house of Jacob their sins.
2Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways: as a nation that
did righteousness, and didn’t forsake the ordinance of their God, they ask of
me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.
3Why have we
fasted, say they, and you don’t see? why have we afflicted
our soul, and you take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast you
find your own pleasure, and exact all your labors.
you fast for strife and contention, and to strike with the fist of
wickedness: you don’t fast this day so as to make your voice to be heard
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? will you call this a fast, and an acceptable
day to Yahweh?
6Isn’t 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 you break every yoke?
7Isn’t it to deal your bread
to the hungry, and that you bring the poor who are cast out to your house?
when you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you not hide yourself
from your own flesh?
8Then shall your light break forth as the morning,
and your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go
before you; the glory of Yahweh shall be your rear guard.
9Then shall you
call, and Yahweh will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. If
you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the putting forth of the
finger, and speaking wickedly;
10and if you draw out your soul to the
hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul: then shall your light rise in
darkness, and your obscurity be as the noonday;
11and Yahweh will guide
you continually, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make strong your
bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water,
whose waters don’t fail.
12Those who shall be of you shall build 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 to dwell
13If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your
pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, and the holy
of Yahweh honorable; and shall honor it, not doing your own ways, nor finding
your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words:
14then shall you
delight yourself in Yahweh; and I will make you to ride on the high places of
the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for
the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.