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Isaiah 58:1 - 58:5

Fasting as Yahweh Chooses

“Call out from your throat, do not hold back;
Raise your voice like a trumpet,
And declare to My people their transgression
And to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me day by day and find pleasure in knowing My ways,
As a nation that has done righteousness
And has not forsaken the judgment of their God.
They ask Me for righteous judgments;
They find pleasure in the nearness of God.
‘Why have we fasted and You do not see?
Why have we afflicted our souls and You do not know?’
Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire,
And oppress all your workers.
Behold, you fast for contention and quarreling and to strike with a wicked fist.
You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high.
Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to afflict himself?
Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed
And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed?
Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to Yahweh?