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Is the fast I choose like this,
    a day for humankind to humiliate himself[a]?
To bow his head like a reed,
    and make[b] his bed on sackcloth and ashes;
you call this a fast
    and a day of pleasure to Yahweh?
Is this not the fast I choose: to release the bonds of injustice,
    to untie the ropes of the yoke,
and to let the oppressed go free,
    and tear[c] every yoke to pieces?
Is it not to break your bread for the hungry?
    You must bring home[d] the poor, the homeless.
When you see the naked, you must cover him,
    and you must not hide yourself from your relatives.[e]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:5 Literally “his soul”
  2. Isaiah 58:5 Literally “he makes”
  3. Isaiah 58:6 Literally “you must tear”
  4. Isaiah 58:7 Literally “a house”
  5. Isaiah 58:7 Literally “flesh”
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