Isaiah 56

Chapter 56

All who keep the commandments will be exalted—Other people will join Israel—The Lord will gather others to the house of Israel.

1 Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do ajustice: for my salvation is bnear to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the asabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any bevil.

3 Neither let the ason of the bstranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

4 For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

5 Even unto them will I give in mine ahouse and within my walls a place and a name better than of bsons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

7 Even them will I bring to my holy amountain, and make them joyful in my bhouse of cprayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be daccepted upon mine altar; for mine ehouse shall be called an house of prayer for fall gpeople.

8 The Lord God which agathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather bothers to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

9 aAll ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.

10 His awatchmen are bblind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

11 Yea, they are agreedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are bshepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their cown way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.