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During your fasts, you quarrel and fight with others
    and strike them with an angry fist.
    When you fast like that, your voice will not be heard on high.
Do you think I’m impressed with that kind of fast?
    Is it just a day to starve your bodies,
    make others think you’re humble,[a]
    and lie down in sackcloth and ashes?
    Do you call that a fast?
    Do you think I, Yahweh, will be pleased with that?[b]

Worship God in Truth

“This is the kind of fast that I desire:
    Remove the heavy chains of oppression!
    Stop exploiting your workers![c]
    Set free the crushed and mistreated!
    Break off every yoke of bondage!

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:5 Or “to bow your heads like (bent over) reeds.”
  2. Isaiah 58:5 Or “That is a day acceptable to Yahweh.”
  3. Isaiah 58:6 Or “Loose the ropes of the yoke.”

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