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Isaiah 58:2-4 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

They look for me every day and want to know my ways.
    They act as if they were a nation that has done what is right
        and as if they haven’t disregarded God’s judgment on them.
They ask me for just decrees.
They want God to be near them.

Why have we fasted if you are not aware of it?
Why have we inflicted pain on ourselves if you don’t pay attention?

Don’t you see that on the days you fast,
    you do what you want to do?
        You mistreat all your workers.
Don’t you see that when you fast,
    you quarrel and fight and beat your workers?
        The way you fast today keeps you from being heard in heaven.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of God's Word Mission Society.

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