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“Is this the kind of fast that I have chosen,
    merely a day for a person to humble himself?
Is it merely for bowing down one’s head like a bulrush,
    for lying[a] on sackcloth and ashes?
Is this what you[b] call a fast,
    an[c] acceptable day to the Lord?
Isn’t this the[d] fast that[e] I have been choosing:
    to loose the bonds of injustice,
and[f] to untie the cords of the yoke,
    and[g] to let the oppressed go free,
        and to break every yoke?
Isn’t it to share your bread with the hungry,
    and to bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked,
    to cover him with clothing,[h]
        and not to raise yourself up[i] from your own flesh and blood?”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:5 So 1QIsaa 1QIsab; MT LXX read and for lying
  2. Isaiah 58:5 So 1QIsaa 4QIsad LXX (pl.); 1QIsab MT (sing.)
  3. Isaiah 58:5 So 1QIsaa 1QIsab; MT reads and an
  4. Isaiah 58:6 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack the
  5. Isaiah 58:6 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack that
  6. Isaiah 58:6 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack and
  7. Isaiah 58:6 So 1QIsaa MT; 1QIsab 4QIsad LXX lack and
  8. Isaiah 58:7 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX lack with clothing
  9. Isaiah 58:7 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT read to hide yourself; LXX reads to disregard
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