Isaiah 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 man who does this,
anyone who maintains this,
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
6And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord
minister to Him, love the name of Yahweh
and 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 # Or His, or Its watchmen 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 gain. # 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

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