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Don’t you see that when you fast,
    you quarrel and fight and beat your workers?
        The way you fast today keeps you from being heard in heaven.
Is this the kind of fasting I have chosen?
    Should people humble themselves for only a day?
Is fasting just bowing your head like a cattail
    and making your bed from sackcloth and ashes?
Is this what you call fasting?
Is this an acceptable day to the Lord?

This is the kind of fasting I have chosen:
    Loosen the chains of wickedness,
        untie the straps of the yoke,[a]
            let the oppressed go free,
                and break every yoke.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:6 A yoke is a wooden bar placed over the necks of work animals so that they can pull plows or carts.

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