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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
A House of Prayer for All
1This is what the Lord says:
Preserve justice and do what is right,#Gn 18:19; Ps 106:3; Pr 21:3
for my salvation is coming soon,
and my righteousness will be revealed.#Ps 98:2; Is 46:13; 51:5; Rm 1:17; 3:21
2Happy is the person who does this,
the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
and keeps his hand from doing any evil.#Is 58:13
3No foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord
should say,
“The Lord will exclude me from his people,”#Is 14:1; 56:6
and the eunuch should not say,
“Look, I am a dried-up tree.”#Dt 23:1
4For the Lord says this:
“For the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
and choose what pleases me,
and hold firmly to my covenant,
5I will give them, in my house and within my walls,
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters.
I will give each of them an everlasting name
that will never be cut off.#Is 55:13; Rv 2:17
6As for the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to become his servants —
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold firmly to my covenant —
7I will bring them to my holy mountain#Is 2:2–3
and let them rejoice in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,#Mal 1:11
for my house will be called a house of prayer
for all nations.”#Jr 7:11; Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17; Lk 19:46
8This is the declaration of the Lord God,
who gathers the dispersed of Israel:
“I will gather to them still others
besides those already gathered.”#Is 11:12; 60:3–11; 66:18–21; Jn 10:16
Unrighteous Leaders Condemned
9All you animals of the field and forest,
come and eat!
10Israel’s#56:10 Or His, or Its watchmen#Ezk 3:17–18; 33:1–6 are blind, all of them,
they know nothing;
all of them are mute dogs,
they cannot bark;
they dream, lie down,
and love to sleep.
11These dogs have fierce appetites;
they never have enough.
And they are shepherds
who have no discernment;
all of them turn to their own way,
every last one for his own profit.#Jr 10:21; 23:1; 50:6; Ezk 34:2
12“Come, let me get some wine,
let’s guzzle some beer;
and tomorrow will be like today,
only far better!” #Lk 12:19; 1Co 15:32