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Isaiah 58:5-7


58:5 Is this really the kind of fasting I want? 1 

Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, 2 

bowing their heads like a reed

and stretching out 3  on sackcloth and ashes?

Is this really what you call a fast,

a day that is pleasing to the Lord?

58:6 No, this is the kind of fast I want. 4 

I want you 5  to remove the sinful chains,

to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke,

to set free the oppressed, 6 

and to break every burdensome yoke.

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

and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. 8 

When you see someone naked, clothe him!

Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood! 9 

1 tn Heb “choose” (so NASB, NRSV); NAB “wish.”

2 tn Heb “a day when man humbles himself.” The words “Do I want” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Or “making [their] bed.”

4 tn Heb “Is this not a fast I choose?” “No” is supplied in the translation for clarification.

5 tn The words “I want you” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.

6 tn Heb “crushed.”

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

8 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.

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

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