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
58:11 The Lord will continually lead you;
he will feed you even in parched regions. 13
He will give you renewed strength, 14
and you will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring that continually produces water.
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.”
13 tn Heb “he will satisfy in parched regions your appetite.”
14 tn Heb “and your bones he will strengthen.”