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Isaiah 58:7-10

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58:7 I want you 1  to share your food with the hungry

and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. 2 

When you see someone naked, clothe him!

Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood! 3 

58:8 Then your light will shine like the sunrise; 4 

your restoration will quickly arrive; 5 

your godly behavior 6  will go before you,

and the Lord’s splendor will be your rear guard. 7 

58:9 Then you will call out, and the Lord will respond;

you will cry out, and he will reply, ‘Here I am.’

You must 8  remove the burdensome yoke from among you

and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully.

58:10 You must 9  actively help the hungry

and feed the oppressed. 10 

Then your light will dispel the darkness, 11 

and your darkness will be transformed into noonday. 12 

1 tn Heb “Is it not?” The rhetorical question here expects a positive answer, “It is!”

2 tn Heb “and afflicted [ones], homeless [ones] you should bring [into] a house.” On the meaning of מְרוּדִים (mÿrudim, “homeless”) see HALOT 633 s.v. *מָרוּד.

3 tn Heb “and from your flesh do not hide yourself.”

4 tn Heb “will burst out like the dawn.”

sn Light here symbolizes God’s favor and restored blessing, as the immediately following context makes clear.

5 tn Heb “prosper”; KJV “spring forth speedily.”

6 tn Or “righteousness.” Their godly behavior will be on display for all to see.

7 sn The nation will experience God’s protective presence.

8 tn Heb “if you.” In the Hebrew text vv. 9b-10 are one long conditional sentence. The protasis (“if” clauses appear in vv. 9b-10a), with the apodosis (“then” clause) appearing in v. 10b.

9 tn Heb “if you.” See the note on “you must” in v. 9b.

10 tn Heb “If you furnish for the hungry [with] your being, and the appetite of the oppressed you satisfy.”

11 tn Heb “will rise in the darkness.”

12 tn Heb “and your darkness [will be] like noonday.”



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