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Isaiah 56

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Isaiah 56

The Covenant Extended to All Who Obey

1Thus says the Lord:

"Keep justice, and do righteousness,

for soon my salvation will come,

and my deliverance be revealed.

2Blessed is the man who does this,

and the son of man who holds it fast,

who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it,

and keeps his hand from doing any evil."

3Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,

"The Lord will surely separate me from his people";

and let not the eunuch say,

"Behold, I am a dry tree."

4For thus says the Lord:

"To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths,

who choose the things that please me

and hold fast my covenant,

5I will give in my house and within my walls

a monument and a name

better than sons and daughters;

I will give them an everlasting name

which shall not be cut off.

6"And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,

to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,

and to be his servants,

every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it,

and holds fast my covenant-

7these I will bring to my holy mountain,

and make them joyful in my house of prayer;

their burnt offerings and their sacrifices

will be accepted on my altar;

for my house shall be called a house of prayer

for all peoples.

8Thus says the Lord God,

who gathers the outcasts of Israel,

I will gather yet others to him

besides those already gathered."a

The Corruption of Israel's Rulers

9All you beasts of the field, come to devour-

all you beasts in the forest.

10His watchmen are blind,

they are all without knowledge;

they are all dumb dogs,

they cannot bark;

dreaming, lying down,

loving to slumber.

11The dogs have a mighty appetite;

they never have enough.

The shepherds also have no understanding;

they have all turned to their own way,

each to his own gain, one and all.

12"Come," they say, "let usb get wine,

let us fill ourselves with strong drink;

and tomorrow will be like this day,

great beyond measure."