"aWhenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. bTruly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
"Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one's head like a reed And for spreading out asackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an bacceptable day to the Lord?