The prophet, being sent to reprove hypocrisy,
Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, do not spare, Like a horn, lift high thy voice,And declare, To my people, their transgression, and, To the house of Jacob, their sins. Isaiah 58:2 Yet, meday by day, do they seek, And, in the knowledge of my ways, they delight,Like a nation that had done, righteousness, And, the justice of their God, had not forsaken, They ask of me the just regulations, In approaching God, they delight.
expresseth a conterfeit fast and a true.
Isaiah 58:3 Wherefore have we Fasted and thou hast not seen? Humbled our soul, and thou wouldst take no note? Lo! in the day of your fast, ye take pleasure, But all your toilers, ye drive on! Isaiah 58:4 Lo! for strife and contention, ye fast, And to smite with the fist of lawlessness,Ye shall not fast as today, To cause to be heard, on high, your voice! Isaiah 58:5 Like this, shall the fast be, that I choose, A day for the son of earth to humble his soul? Is it to bow down, as a rush, his head, And, sackcloth and ashes, to spread out? Is it, this, thou wilt call a fast, Or a day of acceptance with Yahweh? Isaiah 58:6 Is not, this, the fast that I must ever chooseTo unbind the tight cords of lawlessness, To unloose the bands of the yoke,and, To let the crushed go free, and, That, every yoke, ye tear off? Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to break, unto the hungry, thy bread, And, the thrust-out oppressed, that thou bring into a home,When thou seest one naked, that thou cover him, And, from thine own flesh, shalt not hide thyself?
He declareth what promises are due unto godliness,
Isaiah 58:8 Then, shall break forth, as the dawn, thy light, And, thy new flesh, shall, speedily, grow,Then shall go, before thee, thy righteousness, The glory of Yahweh, shall bring up thy rear: Isaiah 58:9 Then, shalt thou, Call, and, Yahweh, will answer, Cry out, and he will say, Behold me! If thou remove, out of thy midst, The yoke, The pointing of the finger, and, The speaking of iniquity; Isaiah 58:10 And shalt let thine own soul, go out to the hungry, And, the soul of the oppressed, thou shalt satisfy, Then shall break forth, in darkness, thy light, And, thy thick darkness, [become] as the splendour of noon; Isaiah 58:11 Then will Yahweh guide, thee continually, And will satisfy, [even] in scorched regions, thine own soul, Yea, thy very bones, will he invigorate,So shall thou become, like a garden wellwatered, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not deceive; Isaiah 58:12 And they who come of thee, shall build the wastes of age-past times, And, as for the foundations of generation after generation, thou shalt rear them up,So shalt thou be calledA Repairer of broken walls, A Restorer of paths leading home.
and to the keeping of the Sabbath.
Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn back, From the sabbath, thy foot, From doing thine own pleasure, on my holy, day,And shall callThe sabbath, An exquisite delight, The holy [day] of Yahweh, A day to be honoured, And so shalt honour it, ratherThan do thine own ways, Than take thine own pleasure, or, Than speak [thine own] word, Isaiah 58:14 Then, shalt thou rest thine own exquisite delight upon Yahweh, . . . And I will cause thee to ride over the high places of the land,And will feed thee with the inheritance of Jacob thy father, For, the mouth of Yahweh, hath spoken.