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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
Salvation for All Who Obey
1Thus says Yahweh:
“Observe justice
and do righteousness,
for my salvation is close to coming,
and my justice to being revealed.
2Happy is the man who does this,
and the son of humankind who keeps hold of it,
who keeps the Sabbath so as not to profane#Literally “from profaning” it,
and who keeps his hand from doing any#Or “all” evil.”
3And do not let the foreigner#Literally “son of the foreign country” who joins himself to Yahweh say, “Surely Yahweh will separate me from his people.”
And do not let the eunuch say, “Look! I am a dry tree!”
4For thus says Yahweh, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
and choose that in which I delight,
and who keep hold of my covenant.
5And I will give them a monument and a name in my house and within my walls,
better than sons and daughters;
I will give him an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.
6And the foreigners#Literally “sons of the foreign country” who join themselves to Yahweh to serve him
and to love the name of Yahweh, to become his servants,
every one who keeps the Sabbath, so as not to profane#Literally “from profaning” it,
and those who keep hold of my covenant,
7I will bring them to my holy mountain;#Literally “the mountain of my holiness”
I will make them merry in my house of prayer.
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted#Literally “for acceptance” on my altar,
for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,”
8declares#Literally “declaration of” the Lord Yahweh, who gathers#Or “gathering” the scattered ones of Israel (still I will gather to#Or “upon” him, to his gathered ones).
Wicked Leaders
9All wild animals in the field, come,
to devour,#Or “eat” all wild animals in the forest!
10His watchmen are blind,
none of them know.
They are all dumb dogs;
they are unable to bark,
panting, lying down,
loving to slumber.
11And the dogs have a greedy appetite;#Literally “are strong of soul”
they are never satisfied.#Literally “do not know satiation”
And they are the shepherds!
They do not have#Or “know” understanding.
They all turn to their own way,
each one for his own gain, every one of them.#Literally “from his end “
12“Come, let me take wine,
and let us carouse with intoxicating drink,
and tomorrow will be like today,
very great indeed.”#Literally “excessively”