Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Isaiah 58:6-11

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed freee and break the yoke?

Is it no to share your food with the hungry 
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
andn not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
the your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

The you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
If you do away with the yoke of oppression, 
with the pointing of finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
Then your light will rise in the darkness,
 and your night will become like the noonday.

The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame. 
You will be like a well watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

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