1 “Cry out aloud, do not hold back!
Lift up your voice like a shofar
and declare to my people their disobedience,
and to the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet they seek me daily
and delight to know my ways:
as if they were a nation that did righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God.
They ask me for righteous judgments;
they delight to draw near to God.
3 They say, ‘Why have we fasted,
and you do not see?
Why have we afflicted our soul,
and you take no knowledge?’
“Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure
and oppress all your workers.
4 Behold, you fast only to quarrel and fight,
and to strike with the fist of wickedness.
You cannot fast as you do this day
and make your voice heard on high.
5 Is this the manner of fasting that I have chosen?
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast
and an acceptable day to Yahweh?
6 Is not this the kind of fast that I choose:
to release the bonds of wickedness,
to untie the straps of the yoke
and to let the oppressed go free,
and that you tear off every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and that you bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked person, that you cover him,
and that you do not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will spring forth speedily,
and your righteousness will go before you;
the glory of Yahweh will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and Yahweh will answer;
you will cry out, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you will remove the yoke from among you,
the finger-pointing and speaking wickedly,
10 and if you pour out your soul to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted soul,
then your light will rise in the darkness
and your gloom will be as noonday;
11 and Yahweh will guide you continually
and satisfy your soul in dry places,
and strengthen your bones;
and you will be like a watered garden
and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you will build the old waste places;
you will raise up the foundations of many generations,
and you will be called ‘The repairer of the breach,
The restorer of streets in which to live.’
13 If you turn back your foot from breaking the Sabbath,
from doing your pleasure on my holy day,
and call the Sabbath a delight
and the holy of Yahweh honorable,
and will honor it, not doing your own ways,
nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words,
14 then you will delight yourself in Yahweh;
and I will cause you to ride on the high places of the land,
and I will feed you with the inheritance of Jacob your father;”
for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.