Isaiah Chapter 58
2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 58 Bible commentary...
Hypocrisy reproved. (1,2) A counterfeit and a true fast, with promises to real godliness, and, (3-12) to the keeping the sabbath. (13,14)1,2 The Holy Spirit had hypocrites of every age in view. Self-love and timid Christians may say, Spare thyself; dislike to the cross and other motives will say, "Spare the rich and powerful;" but God says, "Spare not:" and we must obey God, not men. We all need earnestly to pray for God's assistance in examining ourselves. Men may go far toward heaven, yet come short; and they may go to hell with a good reputation.
3-12 A fast is a day to afflict the soul; if it does not express true sorrow for sin, and does not promote the putting away of sin, it is not a fast. These professors had shown sorrow on stated or occasioned fasts. But they indulged pride, covetousness, and malignant passions. To be liberal and merciful is more acceptable to God than mere fasting, which, without them, is vain and hypocritical. Many who seem humble in God's house, are hard at home, and harass their families. But no man's faith justifies, which does not work by love. Yet persons, families, neighbourhoods, churches, or nations, show repentance and sorrow for sin, by keeping a fast sincerely, and, from right motives, repenting, and doing good works. The heavy yoke of sin and oppression must be removed. As sin and sorrow dry the bones and weaken the strongest human constitution; so the duties of kindness and charity strengthen and refresh both body and mind. Those who do justly and love mercy, shall have the comfort, even in this world. Good works will bring the blessing of God, provided they are done from love to God and man, and wrought in the soul by the Holy Spirit.
13,14 The sabbath is a sign between God and his professing people; his appointing it is a sign of his favour to them; and their observing it is a sign of their obedience to him. We must turn from travelling on that day; from doing our pleasure on that holy day, without the control and restraint of conscience; or from indulging in the pleasures of sense. On sabbath days we must not follow our callings, or our pleasures. In all we say and do, we must put a difference between this day and other days. Even in Old Testament times the sabbath was called the Lord's day, and is fitly called so still; and for a further reason, it is the Lord Christ's day, #Re 1:10|. If we thus remember the sabbath day to keep it holy, we shall have the comfort and profit of it, and have reason to say, It is good to draw near to God.
Inez's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 7/23/2014, 7:49am...
The entire bible is to be honored, and obeyed Isaiah 58 is a reminder that we choosing to do things our way is not acceptable to God.Trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not our understanding, let the Holy Spirit do His work.
Annabelle Koon's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment about verse 14 on 5/23/2014, 9:24pm...
Because of the goodness ofGod and his loving kindness toward u he will lift u Above your enemies and will cause u to eat manner from heaven that he feded the children of Israel in the wilderness. His words has said it,hes not man to lie neither to repent what he said he will do it
D L F's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 5/21/2014, 8:55am...
Isaiah 58 6 9 is a lifeline for us in sickness, a promise of hope and recovery, focus on the needs of others and help them, and our recovery will quickly arrive. All because of Jesus
Mary's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 5/14/2014, 2:09am...
Isaiah 58 7,8 fasting is good according to the word of God,but I think if I can share my bread with the poor and cover the naked, and bring out casted poor into my house, I think this is all what our Lord call true fasting by doing this God will meet my need.
Ethel's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 4/07/2014, 3:22am...
Ethel comment about Isaiah 58, IS About denying yourself, the flesh and all its desires. its called afflicting the body. that 's when prayers are truly prayed, to me God except that as a sacrifice, giving yourself, afflicting, and denying your body of its nourishments, from the rising of the sun until the going down of the same, undisturb, undefiled, just praying, reading, and pure praising, God sees and hear you,and answers...Amen
David's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment about verse 6 on 1/08/2014, 6:54pm...
This fasting is speaking of a spiritual fast which is commanding us to send out the gospel.
Sunny's Isaiah Chapter 58 comment on 1/06/2014, 10:44am...
Isaiah 58 tells us to be humble during fasting and also to give a helping hand to the less privilege around us, and this will make answers from the Lord God come fast.
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