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Is (A)it a fast that I have chosen,
(B)A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
And (C)to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Would you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to the Lord?

Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To (D)loose the bonds of wickedness,
(E)To undo the [a]heavy burdens,
(F)To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not (G)to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are [b]cast out;
(H)When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from (I)your own flesh?

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:6 Lit. bonds of the yoke
  2. Isaiah 58:7 wandering
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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