Isaiah 58:7

We (husband, dog and I) hiked at a huge park and walked over 2 miles – very hilly, rocky and nice with the poles. It was 20 something degrees; now both husband and dog are snoozing after lunch. I will read my Bible chapters. Eventually we will visit mother-in-law and brother-in-law today.

There is more to Isaiah 58:7 than divide your bread with the hungry. The poor and homeless may need shelter and clothes. What can we do to help with that? I can’t take them all in my house, but surely we can help in some way – so many shelters around the city – we need to be involved in helping these people. In Mark 14 Mary poured the alabaster of oil on Jesus’ feet. Some were upset that it wasn’t sold and the money given to the poor. 6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. 7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. God Whispers blog

I found the various translations fun to read.

Share your food with the hungry,
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
Share your food with the hungry,
Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry,
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
Deal thy bread to the hungry,
Is it not to give your bread to those in need,
Isn’t it to distribute your bread to the hungry,
Is it not to deal to the hungry thy bread,

and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter
and give shelter to the homeless.
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
take the poor and homeless into your house,
and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house?
and to let the poor who have no resting-place come into your house?
and bring the needy and the harbourless into thy house:
and that thou bring to thy house the needy wanderers;
and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
and that thou shouldst bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
and that you bring the poor who are cast out to your house?
And the mourning poor bring home,

when you see the naked, to clothe him,
Give clothes to those who need them,
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and cover them with clothes when you see [them] naked.
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
when you see the naked, that you cover him;
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
to put a robe on the unclothed one when you see him,
when thou shalt see one naked, cover him,
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
when thou seest the naked, that thou shouldst cover him;
When you see the naked, that you cover him;
That thou seest the naked and cover him,

and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Don’t refuse to help your relatives.
and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

I accidentally deleted some of the last phrase, but it seems your flesh means relatives.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Jill,

    Thank you for sharing your insights and the various translations of Isaiah 58:7. I appreciate you linking my post about Mary and her alabaster box to my blog.
    I especially liked your 30-day challenge! It stirred up my creative juices and got them going! It’s so important to put images of the vision before our eyes and make it plain to see so we can run with it. Keep up the great work!

    Blessings to prosper in 2012
    Nancy

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