Hey, Ubisoft, I bought PC Prince of Persia, the one without DRM.

You lost the magic of Sands of Time and you had no idea how to get it back. You deserved what you got.

When Prince of Persia launched, Ubisoft said they were trying it without DRM, and delivered this snarky comment along with it,

Youre right when you say that when people want to pirate the game they will but DRM is there to make it as difficult as possible for pirates to make copies of our games. A lot of people complain that DRM is what forces people to pirate games but as PoP PC has no DRM well see how truthful people actually are. Not very, I imagine. Console piracy is something else entirely and Im sure well see more steps in future to try to combat that.

Community Manager UbiRazz

Perhaps the “Razz” in “UbiRazz” is more indicative of what the “community manager” role is all about. Getting the community up in arms?

Now, this happened a long time ago and I didn’t have anywhere to write about. So I’m writing about it now even though I bought this the day it was released.

Barring UbiSoft’s arrogant behaviour, and yes I will apply the community manager’s behaviour to Ubisoft, they did two good things. First, the lack of DRM. Second, the PC version of Prince of Persia was released at a $29.99 price point. That’s about the maximum I’m going to spend on a game unless it’s an 9+ rating and I know I’m going to like it (I bought the Sands of Time trilogy at full price).

So, I bought it. There. You happy now Ubisoft?

Maybe you shouldn’t be so happy because the game isn’t all that great.

It’s technically sound, which is why industry critics gave it a decent score. Good visuals, new art style, good sound, decent gameplay. But isolated analysis like that isn’t what game are about. Take a look at Metacritic’s user rating.

So, I took your bait, I bought your game, and you did two good things, no drm and price point, but then you released an average game.

What does that say to your users?

It says your no-drm and price-point were gimmicks to sell a poor game.

Nice try, Ubisoft.

You lost the magic of Sands of Time and you had no idea how to get it back.

You deserved what you got.

mod_itk – the return of running apache virtualhosts with configurable user/group privileges

If you’ve longed for the days of Apache 1.3 when you could run virtualhosts as different users/groups, well mod_itk is for you and me.

Update 2011-06-04: As it turns out, I never ran this module for long. It does appear to operate as advertised but I found I no longer really had a need to run privilege-separated httpd processes. Still, I hope someone finds this information useful.

If you’ve longed for the days of Apache 1.3 when you could run virtualhosts as different users/groups, well mod_itk is for you and me. It’s based on prefork and the author claims its running on production boxes, so hopefully this will bring back the good ol’ days.

This page was very helpful in combination with the homepage for me.

I’ve patched my server and am running this domain and newsx.org using their own users. All the other virtualhosts are running with default privs.

I really hope this works out because I’ve been wanting it for a long time.

6000 Years.org

Facts are approached from different angles…

Now, this site I’m about to present looks a little amateurish but I want you to take this as an exercise in how to extract truth from resources that might be questionable.

Some claims are extraordinary and the old saying goes extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

So, visit 6000years.org, peruse what’s there and, in spite of your inclinations to recoil at what looks amateur, continue on and check everything out. If you’re really interested in the truth, you’ll keep searching. Any claims can easily be squashed by a google search so you’ll know right away what’s right and what’s wrong.

I think when you approach hard facts like this you’ll begin to see them for what they are: Facts. And facts are approached from different angles. Is it possible fact A could be part of evolution? Yes? Is it possible fact A could be part of creation? Yes? What would that mean if fact A was present in a case where creation was true? What would that mean for you? It should mean something significant. It should mean creation has some evidence to back it up. And, if it does, that’s a game changing.


A few years ago when it was cool for burgeoning 20-somethings, in college and discovering the world and themselves, to take online personality tests, I fell on one test that revealed the non-obvious and which gained my respect ever after.

The test was the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment. It not only revealed the non-obvious of my personality but it also explained why others react in the ways they do to my personality type.

When I took this online test (and I wish I had the URL but I don’t) I did it pretty quickly and without much critical thought. This was because it was yet another test my friends were passing around online. Much later, however, someone told me that was probably the best and only objective way to take the test. Our true selves are often revealed when we shoot from the hip. So, having not put much thought into each answer, to have it come back with such an eye-opening result impressed me to no end.

In my own words, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment is a system for applying categorical tags to a subject. Things like Introverted/Extroverted, Feeling, Judging, etc. The interpretation of the result, and deeper explanation, is up to others qualified in related fields. The write-up I fell onto was one by Fannie R. Linder, Psy.D. It was her writing that explained and described so aptly the personality, traits, behaviours and reasoning behind INTJs.

Now, I’m aware, that being an INTJ, I’m probably the only type that would find this personality test beneficial for any use. I even wish others would take it and read the results of their type and other types because I think it would help everyone function better together. But I know that’s probably just my type speaking. So, regardless, I still find it intriguing because it reveals aspects of personality and behaviours which I hadn’t yet considered and it showed why other personalities react in ways that I have seen first-hand.

In the past, I’ve googled on “intj” and come across others who hold it up as some kind of excuse for who they are and that others should give them some allowance because they are who they are. Having read Linder’s, however,  I see, now that I understand the interplay of personalities, each type has the power to break the personality mold when the need arises to deal with everyday inter-personal scenarios. By doing so, one becomes a more dynamic individual, able to deal with a greater variety of people, personalities and situations.

Google around for an online test and let me know what you think.

Following is Fannie R. Linder’s analysis of the INTJ Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.


Has personal mission
Highly independent
Critically analyzes
Concerned with organization
Driven by inner ideas and possibilities

INTJs are people who look at the system, critically analyze it in logical, impersonal fashion, and then become truly driven by inner ideas and possibilities to bring order to the organization, whatever its form.  Not easily discouraged, all things become possible, including what other types would consider to be impossibilities.

The complex is an intriguing challenge to INTJs and their unique systemswide insight permits them to solve puzzles and to develop unique and creative solutions to problems that perplex lesser souls.

INTJs are deeply reflective and meditative personalities, seeing “the patterns” within disarray and setting things “aright”.

INTJs are perhaps the most misunderstood of all the types.  It is widely assumed that they are “self-confident” – or arrogant – when, in fact, they are “systems-thinkers” which demands that one think impersonally.   They are, therefore,  concerned with “the whole” and not just one facet – which, unfortunately, sometimes is the boss’s or someone else’s feelings – the personal.  They are shocked, and rightfully so, when they discover that they are assumed to be arrogant for being impersonal.  Although they are independent thinkers, they are not intentionally uncaring, nor are they uncaring in reality.

It is best to say that they appear to be “self-confident” for they are “crushed” – sometimes beyond measure – when they have analyzed incorrectly and made a mistake.  They suffer greatly on this account because – unknown to those who do not know them well – they hold themselves to an even higher standard than they do others – which is nothing less than the standard of perfection and internalize failure in a deep and hidden way.  In fact, they are eternally vigilant, scanning their “inner horizon” for any portentous flaw in thinking which could lead them into error which, for them, is absolute disaster.

It is assumed that INTJs have no regard for authority when, in fact, what INTJs have is a lack of respect for authority that is not “learned” in ways that will benefit the system – a lack of respect for authority that is not “in the know”, for INTJs respect knowledge above all and want only to deal with those who “know”.  Then, they are very capable students, co-operative co-workers and faithful disciples.  They know, almost as no other type knows, that a “weak” head means a weak system and work will be in vain.  Wasted time, effort and energy are terms for failure to INTJs and INTJs do not like to fail.

Being impersonal in orientation, INTJs are not naturally aware of the socially acceptable aspects of cultures but are extraordinarily capable of learning if it is not simply a veneer or “faux” way of living.  They are anything but “surface” people.  They commit many charitable acts of kindness in very quiet and unassuming ways.

Although much like INFJs in many ways – only more so, INTJs are “cut no slack” due to their impersonal approach to life while INFJs appear to be more loving and caring due to their refined personal skills par excellent.  INTJs are generally extremely private – many do not even care to be touched – and so do not naturally gravitate to the social mores which require small talk and meaningless witticisms.  Their bemused and quiet demeanor can be taken for arrogance and, indeed, INTJs are capable of brutal insights into others which can be unnerving to those who feel INTJs can “see through” them.  Superficiality is not tolerated by INTJs – unless there is no other way to “advance” themselves or their ideas – but, for the INTJ, this is not admirable.

This can make personal relationships difficult, particularly romantic ones that require flirtation.  Coyness and indirectness are not strong points for INTJs, innocuous play is not at all meaningful and comes across as being stilted.

INTJs can be extravagantly romantic for they are creative planners and can design tastefully grandiose “getaways”,  unique gifts and thoughtful surprises as they are particularly insightful as to the makeup of the few they care deeply about.

They may be unnatural social participants but are capable of learning to be great lovers and intensely personal when they become aware that it is required by those they love.

INTJs do not need to be the centre of attention and, though they may be extremely critical of others’ ideas, they, nonetheless, will work to bring about the dreams and schemes of those they care about once their (the INTJs) views have been made known.  Often the point is missed that INTJs often employ debate but are quick to recognize a higher truth, though they will debate until truth arises or someone “quits”.   Still, those who know them also know that they are capable of exquisite wittiness, are insightful and possess a quirky, personal sense of humor.

INTJs are born executives and are totally dependable and dedicated to any project to which they commit themselves.  They are unstinting in perseverance, intolerant of weakness and demanding of any under their authority.  While being great taskmasters, they are nonetheless unstinting in seeing that due credit is given to those who deserve it and are not grasping for honours for themselves.  They only truly appreciate praise when it is really deserved or comes from those whom they admire and are in a position to truly know that the praise is really deserved for perfection is their standard.

Because of their intellects and impersonal approach to most things,  INTJs may be feared by those who are not in close relationships with them but are greatly respected and admired even if they are not liked.  They are due more regard for their impersonal approach than they receive from their personal-oriented counterparts,  for their approach is just that – impersonal – but it is not disinterest nor is it disregard for others.

Fannie R. Linder, Psy.D.

Genesis 22-25 (What’s it like to read the entire bible? How about we find out?)

“35 They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.” (Jeremiah 32:35)

Genesis 22

  • The Sacrifice of Isaac
    • The account raises so many questions. Why would God ask that? Would Abraham have followed through? How close was Abraham to following through when the angel interrupted him? Why does it seem Isaac didn’t put up a fight? Are all three actors in this story crazy? How far was far enough into the sacrifice to prove his faith to God? Would God really require human sacrifice? Maybe God would follow through with it in another time and place? What does it say about God’s character that He would think such a thing, let alone ask it?
    • It’s a powerful story and incredible with the fact that Abraham apparently would do as God asked. I can’t imagine going through with it if I were the one asked. Then again, it was a different time, place and culture. Perhaps the whole thinking pattern was different then.
    • Later on we’re going to see that God commands Israel to destroy nations for their consistently abhorrent cultures. One of the things God highlighted was child sacrifice, He says:
      • “35 They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.” (Jeremiah 32:35)
      • If it never entered His mind then why did he ask it here?
      • I think it’s safe to say He always was going to provide the sacrificial lamb.
      • …He always was going to provide Jesus.
        • “15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
        • I should’ve highlighted this at the time, but this is a foreshadowing of Jesus taking final victory over Satan.
        • I don’t know about you but it’s all these connections and internal references that make me look in awe at God’s Word.

Genesis 23

  • Sarah’s Burial
    • There’s tremendous detail here about Sarah’s burial which boils down to Abraham purchasing some land.
    • Be aware of tracts of text that provide whole bunches of detail for no apparent reason.
    • I’ve said it a few times already but text like this will be critical for constructing the truth out of some issue either in another verse or book or in our study of God’s Word today.

Genesis 24

  • A Wife for Isaac
    • A lovely little story about Abraham sending his servant to get a wife for his son.
    • All through the text it’s clear Abraham and his servant want God to provide the right wife. They don’t just want to find any wife.
    • Even better is when they do find the right girl and seeing how the girl responds.
    • Rebekah, Isaac’s wife to-be, presents herself admirably. Kind, willing to serve, decisive, modest.

Genesis 25

  • Abraham’s Other Wife and Sons
    • After Sarah’s death, Abraham takes a new wife and has more children.
    • He sends these children east, it is written, gives them many gifts.
    • But to Isaac, he gives everything of his own.
    • Abraham lives 175 years.

Genesis 2-21 (What’s it like to read the entire bible? How about we find out?)

What’s it like to read the entire bible? How about we find out?

I have to apologize once again for reading but not posting. I’m finding it sometimes easy and sometimes difficult to write.

Let’s do a mile-a-minute overview…

  • Genesis 1
    • God declares the Sabbath Holy and purposed it for rest.
      • Never forget that Sunday was purposed for rest. As this year goes by, try to remember the number of Sundays where you truly relaxed.
    • An account is given again of the six-day creation, this time including a few more details, like where the garden was, how God created animals in Adam’s sight, and how Eve came to be.
      • A somewhat popular “contradiction” is brought up concerning why Genesis 1 and 2 differ in the order. Google around for the apologetics regarding the purpose of each chapter.
      • Details are important in the bible. Unlike many historical documents, the bible contains detail, and sometimes goes on at length, that you might consider useless. But, thousands of years later, they turn out to be very pivotal in proving the accuracy and truth of God’s Word. Genesis 2 includes details about the surrounding lands, the borders of Eden, some special characteristics about each area.
      • It’s a subtle point, but one that is probably important. If God had not shown Adam that He created the animals, Adam might have had reason to doubt God, who walked with Adam and Eve if the garden, had really created all of this. Perhaps He was just taking credit? The bible is incredibly fascinating when you look at it in this level of detail.
    • Genesis 3
      • How Adam and Eve were tempted and broke the first and only rule to that point.
        • Apt: “When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.” – G.K. Chesterton
    • Genesis 4
      • The first murder. Cain murders Abel.
        • Cain’s judgement was to be an outcast. The first murder didn’t result in death as a punishment. Selah.
    • Genesis 5
      • Genealogies!
        • “Enoch walked with God, and he was not there, because God took him.” (Genesis 5:24) How many can claim to have escaped this life without death?
        • “So Methuselah’s life lasted 969 years; then he died.” (Genesis 5:27) Oldest man who ever lived.
        • “Lamech was 182 years old when he fathered a son. And he named him Noah, saying, ‘This one will bring us relief from the agonizing labor of our hands, caused by the ground the LORD has cursed.'” Five chapters into the bible and we already have Noah foreshadowing the destruction of all created life.
    • Genesis 6
      • Fascinating chapter because it seems to hint at something beyond what we would consider normal man living with human-kind.
      • “When mankind began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were beautiful, and they took any they chose as wives for themselves.” (Genesis 6:1-2)
      • “The Nephilim were on the earth both in those days and afterwards, when the sons of God came to the daughters of man, who bore children to them. They were powerful men of old, the famous men.” (Genesis 6:4)
      • God sees that all mankind has evil intent in their hearts, except Noah. Noah is told to build a boat to survive a flood that will wipe out all life.
    • Genesis 7-9
      • Noah and his family enter their boat, the ark, and the flood strikes the earth.
      • The flood recedes, Noah and his family and all the animals get out and start the earth anew.
      • Noah sacrificed offerings to God and God promised never to wipe out the earth again.
      • God put the rainbow in the sky as a testament to this.
    • Genesis 10
      • Family records!
        • Immensely boring, but remember those details that have survived thousands of years are of use, even if we don’t see it. They will, if they don’t already, lend credibility and historical accuracy to the bible and more people will trust in God as He has done something amazing with His Word.
    • Genesis 11
      • The Tower of Babel / Babylon
        • This one is interesting because God indicates that mankind can achieve anything if we were but united.
        • That sounds great, but would corrupt hearts really do what is right in that situation?
        • Clearly our own governments should be example enough of what damage small groups of people in unison can do
      • More genealogies!
        • Trust me, these things that seem useless are critical.
        • When you realize you can trace Jesus’s lineage all the way back to King David and before, and when you realize how many things needed to go right for that to happen, you should be amazed.
    • Genesis 12-21
      • God’s master plan is begun with Abraham
      • God calls out to Abraham and Abraham follows even though he is told he won’t live to see what God is promising. Selah.
      • Little things come up, like white lies (Abraham tells everybody his wife is his sister so he won’t be harmed), and two brothers needing to separate to keep the peace (Abraham and Lot).
        • These things are interesting because they’re all the things you would think a Holy Bible, God’s Own Word, wouldn’t have because they seem unimportant. But this is God’s Word, He sees the end from the beginning, and He has chosen these things for a reason.
        • Abraham has a son by one of his slaves and, wouldn’t you know it, two significant women in his life just isn’t going to end well. Take heed in the twenty-first century folks.
        • Abraham’s wife is old and barren and has not been able to have a child, but God promises that she will. And she does, though neither can believe that she will.
        • God introduces circumcision for Abraham and all his descendents to confirm His convenant with Abraham.
          • Even today, you will randomly hear a study indicating circumcision is a practical step in cleanliness, even to the level of reducing the chance of catching certain diseases. This kinda stuff that we only now understand as having practical benefits just keeps coming up in the bible. It’s truly awesome when you’ve gone through the entire thing.
      • Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed for their wickedness.
        • Abraham makes a plea to save Sodom if some there are found righeous.
        • Lot and his family are saved from the destruction
          • It is interesting to note that Abraham asked God if He would destroy the towns if only 10 righteous people were found. God said He would not destroy the town if that were the case.
          • The account is told whereby it appears angels meet Abraham and continue on to Sodom. They are invited in to Lot’s abode. Wicked men of the city ask for the guests so that they can rape them. Lot offers his virgin daughters (who may actually have already been engaged to be married; Genesis 19:14) to the men outside.
          • The angels end up destroying the town.
          • Lot’s family was large (large enough to cause problems just for sheer size with his brother earlier), so no doubt him and his family would have been considered a righteous group of people if they actually had been.
          • But Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.
          • Meaning, Lot and his family were not considered righteous (would you consider them to be if he offered his daughters up to evil men?).
          • So, God certainly would have spared the town if 10 had been found, and I believe even if one had been found, but it seems that none were found.
          • Were the righteous destroyed with the wicked? In this case, it appears no, they were not, and even some wicked ones were spared on account of Abraham.
          • God’s mercy is ever-present, ever waiting to show itself.
            • Keep this in the back of your mind for later books when you’re wondering where God’s mercy is.

There are so many little points that could be written. Entire sermon series are written on only a few of the verses found in these chapters.

Every time I pick up the bible these days I think to how amazing it is that God kept a history like this.

I find it amazing how little details come back thousands of years later and give us even better confidence than we had before in the legitimacy and accuracy of the Word.

I think it’s incredible to see how the character of God is revealed in His Word. His love, mercy, generosity, commitment, and more, everything that isn’t explicitly attributed to God in word is here for those who would simply read it and see how God dealt with situations in history.

You might have a thousand songs and poems say “God is,” but having the bible say “God did” paints a picture worth a thousand words holding more authority than anything written by man.

Chicago coach rips officiating

I have no respect for the NHL anymore, as a business. You bunch of money-grubbing suits.

Check out the article on tsn. There’s a tonne of debate online about this.

I can’t talk about this particular case but I’ve thought all year, and last year, officiating has been bad. Not because the officials are throwing games, but because they’re being told to call in a certain way by the NHL business side.

I have no respect for the NHL anymore, as a business. The goals allowed these days are ridiculous. A player can run a goalie into the net and score?

You bunch of money-grubbing suits.

Reality check: You’ve made the game a pale comparison to what it was a few years ago.

I’ll call it right now. The NHL won’t do well until it makes the game better.

How a spouse swap affected two families

Friends, family and acquantances will fail you because no man or woman is perfect, so look ahead and consider God, your heavenly father, who has been calling us for all eternity

I randomly fell onto this article, entitled “How a spouse swap affected two families”, while waking up my computer and checking out one of my homepages, NewsX.org.

I knew how it would turn out but reading it was titillating enough to continue to the end.

Take away?

For those on the outside looking in, beware of being enamored by clever new ideas draped in pleasant terms that give the outward impression of sophistication, of an intellectual level your forebears must have been too clouded to consider.

For those on the inside looking out, friends, family and acquantances will fail you because no man or woman is perfect, so look ahead and consider God, your heavenly father, who has been calling us for all eternity.

Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

The epic blog over at Pick Fretz’s Brain has got my ol’ noggin churning. Jamie’s post, God of Justice, got me thinking. Jesus taught us how to live. He went to tabernacles. He taught there and he also taught outside in the open air. He invited, lived among and befriended the sinners, outcasts, rejects, poor, depressed, maimed and general unlikeables in society.

There is a problem with the church today – and it is the church.

What we have created in the past two thousand years Jesus once tore down in three days and rebuilt.

We have somehow created a religion of structure visitors. We visit the structure every Sunday.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying the prayers, praise, love, adoration, worship and servanthood given in that building are not real. Much of it certainly is and there is absolutely a place for what Sundays, and countless other activities surrounding the church building, represent. Christians need each other. We need teaching. We need to praise together and support together.

But the church as a physical entity and as a thing that we “do” is a misconstruction. It is something man-made, developed, just as the Jewish elite had created their system, before Jesus came on the scene, we have created our own system. And it’s an efficient, well-oiled system for what it does. But for all that it does, it has only the fraction of the impact that the true body of Christ is capable of.

I believe it’s Matthew 16:16-20, specifically verse 18, that many would point to supporting the idea of the church as a physical thing or something that we do. But always remember God’s Word is a cohesive document where all parts of scripture support and clarify all other parts. So I look for clarification on the “church” and find Paul, the main man setting up physical churches, speaking on other issues but clarifying the church:

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:17-20

Not even Paul considered the church as something built of the physical and something done by people. Ephesians 5:22-24 is also helpful.

Note how both portions of scripture clarify what the church is. The church is the body of Christ. The body of Christ consists of all those that believe on Jesus’s name.

The church upon the rock, against which the gates of hell will not prevail, is not the thing we have made the physical cornerstone of our faith.

Perhaps we have placed too much emphasis on the church as a physical thing and not enough on how Jesus taught us to live outside the walls of our tabernacles.

I love the Old Testament and it ties in perfectly. Read Isaiah 58. The great thing about God’s Word is that it is His Word and He has been saying the same thing for six thousand years. If only we would listen.

9 He said, “Go and tell this people:
” ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
Isaiah 6:9

We shouldn’t be like this. We can not let history repeat itself.

Many Christians have lived their lives and served in the way Jesus taught and they have gone unnoticed. Maybe that’s why we don’t get it. They’re not loud enough while others are loud enough for both.

I think I’ll just end with the entirety of Isaiah 58. God always could speak better than me.

True Fasting
1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the house of Jacob their sins.

2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.

3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.

4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.

5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD ?

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the LORD’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.Isaiah 58