The prophet, being sent to reprove hypocrisy,
Isaiah 58:1 Crye nowe, as loude as þu canst. Leaue not of, lyft vp thy voyce lyke a trompet, & shewe my people theyr offences, & the house of Iacob their synnes. Isaiah 58:2 For they seke me daylye, & wyll knowe my wayes, euen as it were a people that dyd ryght, and had not forsaken the statutes of theyr God. They argue wyth me concernynge ryght iudgement, and will be nye vnto God.
expresseth a conterfeit fast and a true.
Isaiah 58:3 Wherfore fast we (saye they) and thou seest it not? we put out lyues to straytenes, and thou regardest it not? Isaiah 58:4 Beholde, when ye fast, youre lust remayneth styll: for ye do no lesse vyolence to your detters: lo, ye fast to stryfe and debate, & to smyte with youre fyst without mercy. Now ye shall not fast thus that your voyce myght be hearde aboue. Isaiah 58:5 Thyncke ye this fast pleaseth me, that a man shulde chasten him selfe for a daye, and to wrythe his head aboute lyke an hoope, & to lye vpon the earth in an heary cloth? Shulde that be called fastynge, or a daye that pleaseth the Lorde? Isaiah 58:6 Doth not this fastynge rather please me, that thou loose him out of bondage, that is in thy daunger: that thou breake the ooth of wycked bargaynes, that thou lett the oppressed go fre, and take from them all maner of burthens: Isaiah 58:7 to deale thy bread to the hongry, & bringe the poore wandringe, home into thy house, when thou seest the naked þt thou couer him, and hyde not thy face from thy neyghboure.
He declareth what promises are due unto godliness,
Isaiah 58:8 Then shall thy lyght breake forth as the mornyng, & thy health floryshe ryght shortly: thy righteousnesse shall go before the, and the glory of the Lorde shall embrace the. Isaiah 58:9 Then yf thou callest, the Lorde shall answere the: yf thou cryest, he shall saye: here I am. Yee, yf thou layest awaye from the thy burthens, and holdest thy fingers, & ceasest from blasphemous talkinge, Isaiah 58:10 yf thou hast compassyon vpon the hongrye, & refreshest the troubled soule: Then shall thy lyght sprynge out in the darcknesse, & thy darcknesse shalbe as þe noone day. Isaiah 58:11 The lord shall euer be thy guyd, & satisfie the desyre of thyne herte in þe tyme of drougthe, & fyll thy bones wt mary. Thou shalt be lyke a fresh waterd garden & lyke the fountayne of water, þt neuer leaueth runnynge. Isaiah 58:12 Then the places that haue euer bene waste, shalbe builded of the: there shalt thou laye a foundacion for many kynredes. Thou shalt be called the maker vp of hedges, & the buylder agayne of the waye of þe Sabboth.
and to the keeping of the Sabbath.
Isaiah 58:13 Yee, yf thou turne thy fete in the Sabbath, so that thou do not the thynge which pleaseth thy self in my holy daye: & thou call the pleasaunt, holy, and glorious Sabbath of the Lorde, and that thou gyue him the hononoure: so that thou do not after thyne awne ymagination, nether seke thyne awne wyll, ner speake thyne awne wordes. Isaiah 58:14 Then shalt thou haue thy pleasure in the Lord, and I wyll carye the hye aboue the earth, and fede the wyth the herytage of Iacob thy father: for þe Lordes awne mouth hath so promysed.