1 "Shout it aloud, do not hold back. ¶ Raise your voice like a trumpet. ¶ Declare to my people their rebellion ¶ and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, ¶ as if they were a nation that does what is right ¶ and has not forsaken the commands of its God. ¶ They ask me for just decisions ¶ and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 'Why have we fasted,' they say, 'and you have not seen it? ¶ Why have we humbled ourselves, ¶ and you have not noticed?' ¶ "Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please ¶ and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. ¶ You cannot fast as you do today ¶ and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? ¶ Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed ¶ and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? ¶ Is that what you call a fast, ¶ a day acceptable to the LORD?
6 "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: ¶ to loose the chains of injustice ¶ and untie the cords of the yoke, ¶ to set the oppressed free ¶ and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — ¶ when you see the naked, to clothe them, ¶ and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; ¶ then your righteousness [^1] will go before you, ¶ and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. ¶ "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, ¶ with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, ¶ then your light will rise in the darkness, ¶ and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land ¶ and will strengthen your frame. ¶ You will be like a well-watered garden, ¶ like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; ¶ you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, ¶ Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath ¶ and from doing as you please on my holy day, ¶ if you call the Sabbath a delight ¶ and the LORD's holy day honorable, ¶ and if you honor it by not going your own way ¶ and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land ¶ and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." ¶ For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.