Isaiah 56

A House of Prayer for All

1This is what the Lord says:

Preserve justice and do what is right, a
for My salvation is coming soon,
and My righteousness will be revealed. b
2 Happy 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. c

3 No foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord
should say,
“The Lord will exclude me from His people”; d
and the eunuch should not say,
“Look, I am a dried-up tree.” e
4 For the Lord says this:
“For the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths,
and choose what pleases Me,
and hold firmly to My covenant,
5 I 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. f
6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord
minister to Him, love the name of
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
and become His servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold firmly to My covenant
7 I will bring them to My holy mountain h
and let them rejoice in My house of prayer.
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be acceptable on My altar, j
for My house will be called a house of prayer
for all nations.” k
This is the declaration of the Lord God,

who gathers the dispersed of Israel:

“I will gather to them still others
besides those already gathered.” l

Unrighteous Leaders Condemned

9 All you animals of the field and forest,
come and eat!
10 Israel’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.
11 These 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. n
12 “Come, let me get some wine,
let’s guzzle some beer;
and tomorrow will be like today,
only far better!” o
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