Why don’t you pay attention when we humble ourselves?’
Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, 2
you oppress your workers. 3
and fistfights. 5
Do not fast as you do today,
trying to make your voice heard in heaven.
Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, 7
bowing their heads like a reed
and stretching out 8 on sackcloth and ashes?
Is this really what you call a fast,
a day that is pleasing to the Lord?