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Isaiah 56

56
LVI
1Thus saith Jehovah:
Keep ye judgment, and do justice;
For my salvation is near to come,
And my righteousness to be revealed.
2Blessed is the man that doeth this,
And the son of man that layeth hold on it;
That keepeth the sabbath from profaning it;
And keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
3And let not the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to Jehovah, speak, saying:
Jehovah hath utterly separated me from his people;
Neither let the eunuch say:
Behold! I am a dry tree.
4For thus saith Jehovah unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths,
And choose that in which I delight,
And take hold of my covenant;
5Even unto them will I give in mine house, and within my walls,
A place and a name better than of sons and daughters:
I will give them an everlasting name,
That shall never be cut off.
6And the sons of the stranger that join themselves unto Jehovah, to minister unto him,
And to love the name of Jehovah, and to become his servants;
Every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it,
And that taketh hold of my covenant;
7Even them will I bring to my holy mountain,
And make them joyful in mine house of prayer:
Their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar;
For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
8The Lord Jehovah,
Who gathereth together the outcasts of Israel, saith:
Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
9All ye beasts of the field, come to devour;
Yea, all ye beasts of the forest I
10His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant;
They are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark;
Dreaming, stretching along, loving to slumber.
11Yea, they are dogs of greedy appetite, they can never have enough;
And the shepherds themselves cannot understand:
They all turn to their own way;
Every one for his gain from his quarter.
12Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine,
And we will fill ourselves with strong drink;
And tomorrow shall be as this day,
And much more abundant.

Isaiah 56

56
Blessings for All Nations
1This is what the Lord says:
“Be just and fair to all.
Do what is right and good,
for I am coming soon to rescue you
and to display my righteousness among you.
2Blessed are all those
who are careful to do this.
Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest
and keep themselves from doing wrong.
3“Don’t let foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord say,
‘The Lord will never let me be part of his people.’
And don’t let the eunuchs say,
‘I’m a dried-up tree with no children and no future.’
4For this is what the Lord says:
I will bless those eunuchs
who keep my Sabbath days holy
and who choose to do what pleases me
and commit their lives to me.
5I will give them—within the walls of my house—
a memorial and a name
far greater than sons and daughters could give.
For the name I give them is an everlasting one.
It will never disappear!
6“I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord,
who serve him and love his name,
who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest,
and who hold fast to my covenant.
7I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem
and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer.
I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices,
because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.
8For the Sovereign Lord,
who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says:
I will bring others, too,
besides my people Israel.”
Sinful Leaders Condemned
9Come, wild animals of the field!
Come, wild animals of the forest!
Come and devour my people!
10For the leaders of my people—
the Lord’s watchmen, his shepherds—
are blind and ignorant.
They are like silent watchdogs
that give no warning when danger comes.
They love to lie around, sleeping and dreaming.
11Like greedy dogs, they are never satisfied.
They are ignorant shepherds,
all following their own path
and intent on personal gain.
12“Come,” they say, “let’s get some wine and have a party.
Let’s all get drunk.
Then tomorrow we’ll do it again
and have an even bigger party!”