Worship God truly
‘Shout out! Shout as loudly as you can!
Make as much noise as a
Tell my people that they have not obeyed me.
Tell the family of Jacob about their
It seems that they want to know my ways.
They seem like a
who are doing the right things.
They seem to be obeying the
They ask me to decide things fairly.
Yes, they seem to want to be near to me.
but you do not see it.
We make ourselves
and you do not even look.”
Listen to me! Yes you fast,
but you do it to please yourselves.
At the same time as you are fasting,
you are being cruel to the people who work for you.
you are also quarrelling and you are fighting.
You hit each other with your fists.
If you want your
you cannot continue to fast in the way that you do today.
You make yourselves humble for a day.
You bend down your head,
like a piece of weak grass.
You lie down on
Do you think that you are really fasting when you do that?
Do you think that it pleases me, the Lord?
You must remove the
You must stop being cruel
to the people who work for you.
You must let people who are in pain go free.
You must break the
of work that is too hard for weak people.
Give a place in your home
to poor people who have no home.
Give clothes to people who have nothing to wear.
If people in your own family need help,
do not refuse to help them.
like the sun's light at dawn.
Very soon, your troubles will go away.
The good things that you do to help others
will be clear for everyone to see.
And the Lord will use his great power
to keep you safe.
and he will answer you.
When you call out to him,
he will say, “Here I am.”
But you must stop being cruel to other people.
Do not accuse people,
and do not say bad things about them.
share your own food with them.
Help those people who are in pain.
Then your help to them will be like a light
that shines in a dark place.
You will no longer live in
but you will have light as bright as the sun at noon.
He will give you plenty to eat,
even when the ground is dry.
He will make your bodies strong.
You will be like a garden that has plenty of water.
You will be like a
that never becomes dry.
You will build your houses on the old
People will call you, “Builders who mend the walls and the streets with their houses.”
That is my
so do not just try to
Do not do your usual work on that day.
Do not do things or speak about things,
only to make yourself happy.
I will give you all the things that you need.
I will cause
on the land that I gave to your
That is the Lord's message.