58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a
trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the
house of Jacob their sins.
58:2 Yet 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 the ordinances of
justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
58:3 Wherefore 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
pleasure, and exact all your labours.
58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite
with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this
day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
58:5 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 as a
bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt
thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the
bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let
the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
58:7 Is 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 flesh?
58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and
thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy
righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD
shall be thy rereward.
58:9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou
shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away
from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the
finger, and speaking vanity;
58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and
satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in
obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and
satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and
thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of
water, whose waters fail not.
58:12 And 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.
58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from
doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a
delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour
him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own
pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I
will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth,
and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the
mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.