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Behold, ye fast for strife and contention, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: [a]ye fast not this day so as to make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I have chosen? the day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a rush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to Jehovah? Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

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  1. Isaiah 58:4 Or, ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make etc.

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