The hypocrisy of the house of Jacob
Cry loudly; do not hold back;
Raise your voice like a atrumpet
And declare to My people their transgression
And to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me day by day
And take delight in knowing My ways,
Like a nation that has done righteousness
And has not forsaken the ordinance of their God.
They ask Me for righteous judgments;
They take adelight
in approaching God.
Why have we 1afasted
, and yet You do not see?
Why have we afflicted our soul, and yet You do not acknowledge?
Indeed, on the day of your fast you 2find
And oppress all your laborers.
Indeed, you afast
for contention and strife,
And to strike with a fist of wickedness;
You do not fast, in the way you do today,
To make your voice heard on high.
Is such the afast
that I choose,
The day when a man afflicts his soul?
Is it for bowing his head like a rush
And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as his bed?
Will you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to Jehovah?
Is this not the fast that I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go afree
And to break every yoke?
Is it not to adivide
your bread to the bhungry
And to bring the wandering poor home;
When you see the naked, to cover him,
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then you’re alight
will break forth like the dawn,
And your recovery will speedily spring forth.
And your righteousness will go before you;
of Jehovah will guard you from behind.
The instruction of Jehovah to the house of Jacob
Then you will call, and Jehovah will answer;
You will cry out, and He will say, Here I am.
If you remove the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger and the speaking of wickedness,
And if you draw out your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the desires of the afflicted;
Then your light will rise in the darkness,
And your gloom will be like midday;
And Jehovah will aguide
And satisfy your soul in the dry times,
And strengthen your bones;
And you will be like a watered bgarden
And like a cspring
Whose waters do not deceive.
And those who are of you will arebuild
the ancient ruins;
You will raise up the foundations of generation upon generation;
And you will be called the repairer of the breach,
The restorer of the paths in which to dwell.
If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing whatever you please on My holy day,
And call the aSabbath
That which is holy to Jehovah honorable,
And honor it, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure and speaking idle words;
Then you will have delight in Jehovah;
And I will cause you to ride upon the aheights
of the earth,
And I will feed you with the inheritance of Jacob your father;
For the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.