Isaiah 56
All Nations Will Obey the Lord
1This is what the Lord says:
“Give justice to all people.
Do what is right.
Do this because my salvation will come to you soon.
Soon everyone will know that I do what is right.
2The person who obeys the law about the Sabbath
will be blessed.
And the person who does no evil
will be blessed.”
3Foreigners have joined the Lord. They should not say,
“The Lord will not accept me with his people.”
The eunuch should not say,
“Because I cannot have children the Lord will not accept me.”
4This is what the Lord says:
“The eunuchs should obey the law about the Sabbath.
They should do what I want.
They should keep my agreement.
5If they do, I will make their names remembered
within my Temple and its walls.
It will be better for them than children.
I will give them a name that will last forever.
It will never be forgotten.
6Foreigners will join the Lord to serve him.
They will worship and love him.
They will worship him.
They will obey the law about the Sabbath.
They will keep the agreement with the Lord.
7I will bring these people to my holy mountain.
I will give them joy in my house of prayer.
The offerings and sacrifices
they place on my altar will please me.
This is because my Temple will be called
a house for prayer for people from all nations.”
8The Lord gathers the Israelites who were forced to leave their country.
This is what the Lord God says,
“I will bring other people to those who are already gathered.”
Israel’s Leaders Are Evil
9All you animals of the field, come to eat.
All you animals of the forest, come to eat.
10The leaders who are to guard the people are blind.
They don’t know what they are doing.
All of them are like quiet dogs.
They don’t know how to bark.
They lie down and dream.
They love to sleep.
11They are like hungry dogs.
They are never satisfied.
They are like shepherds
who don’t know what they are doing.
They each have gone their own way.
All they want to do is satisfy themselves.
12They say, “Come, let’s drink some wine.
Let’s drink all the beer we want.
And tomorrow we will do this again.
Or, maybe we will have even a better time.”
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