5 ·This kind of special day is not what [Is this the fast that…?] I ·want [have chosen].
·This is not the way I want people to be sorry for what they have done [L Do I want a day when people afflict/mortify themselves?].
I don’t want people just to bow their heads like a ·plant [reed]
·and wear rough cloth and lie in ashes to show their sadness [L stretching out on sackcloth and ashes].
Is this what you call a fast?
·Do you really think this pleases [L …a day acceptable to] the Lord?
6 “I will tell you the kind of fast I ·want [have chosen]:
·Free the people you have put in prison unfairly [L Release the chains/bonds of wickedness]
and ·undo their chains [or untie the ropes from the yoke].
Free ·those to whom you are unfair [the oppressed]
and ·stop their hard labor [L break every yoke].
7 Share your food with the hungry
and bring poor, homeless people into your own homes.
When you see someone who has no clothes, ·give him yours [clothe him],
and don’t ·refuse to help [L conceal yourself from] your ·own relatives [flesh].
New International Version
5 Is this the kind of fast(A) I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble(B) themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed(C)
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?(D)
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting(E) I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice(F)
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed(G) free
and break every yoke?(H)
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry(I)
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter(J)—
when you see the naked, to clothe(K) them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?(L)