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Isaiah: Chapter 56

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1Thus said the LORD: Observe what is right and do what is just; For soon My salvation shall come, And my deliverance be revealed.

2Happy is the man who does this, The man who holds fast to it: Who keeps the sabbath and does not profane it, And stays his hand from doing any evil. 3Let not the foreigner say, Who has attached himself to the LORD, “The LORD will keep me apart from His people”; And let not the eunuch say, “I am a withered tree.” 4For thus said the LORD: “As for the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, Who have chosen what I desire And hold fast to My covenant— 5I will give them, in My House And within My walls, A monument and a name Better than sons or daughters. I will give them an everlasting name Which shall not perish. 6As for the foreigners Who attach themselves to the LORD, To minister to Him, And to love the name of the LORD, To be His servants— All who keep the sabbath and do not profane it, And who hold fast to My covenant— 7I will bring them to My sacred mount And let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices Shall be welcome on My altar; For My House shall be called A house of prayer for all peoples.” 8Thus declares the Lord GOD, Who gathers the dispersed of Israel: “I will gather still more to those already gathered.”

9All you wild beasts, come and devour, All you beasts of the forest! 10The a Heb. “his.”. watchmen are blind, all of them, They perceive nothing. They are all dumb dogs That cannot bark; They lie sprawling, a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. They love to drowse. 11Moreover, the dogs are greedy; They never know satiety. b‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “Neither do the shepherds ever know sufficiency (hon).” Cf. hon in Prov. 30.15, 16 . As for the shepherds, they know not What it is to give heed. ‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “Neither do the shepherds ever know sufficiency (hon).” Cf. hon in Prov. 30.15, 16 . Everyone has turned his own way, Every last one seeks his own advantage. 12‐“Come, I'll get some wine; Let us swill liquor. And tomorrow will be just the same, Or even much grander!”

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a Heb. “his.”.

a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b‐b Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “Neither do the shepherds ever know sufficiency (hon).” Cf. hon in Prov. 30.15, 16 .

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