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Isaiah 56 Expanded Bible (EXB)

All Nations Will Obey the Lord

56 This is what the Lord says:

“·Give justice to all people [Promote justice],
    and ·do what is right [practice righteousness],
because my salvation ·will come to you soon [draws near].
    Soon ·everyone will know that I do what is right [my righteousness will be revealed].
The person who ·obeys the law about [keeps from defiling] the Sabbath
    will be blessed,
and the ·person [L son of man] who ·does no [keeps his hand from doing] evil
    will be blessed.”

Foreigners who have ·joined [committed to] the Lord should not say,
    “The Lord will ·not accept me with [L exclude/separate me from] his people [14:1].”
The eunuch should not say,
    “·Because I cannot have children, the Lord will not accept me [L Look, I am a dry tree].”
This is what the Lord says:
“This is for the eunuchs who ·obey the law about the Sabbath [keep my Sabbaths]
    and ·do what I want [choose what pleases me]
    and ·keep [hold firmly to] my ·agreement [covenant]:
I will ·make their names remembered [L set up a memorial/monument and a name]
    within my ·Temple [L house] and its walls.
    It will be better for them than ·children [L sons and daughters].
I will give them a name that will last forever,
    that will ·never be forgotten [L not be cut off].
As for the foreigners who ·join [commit themselves to] the Lord
    to ·worship [minister to] him and love ·him [L his name],
    to serve him,
to ·obey the law about [keep from defiling] the Sabbath,
    and to ·keep [hold firmly to] my ·agreement [covenant]:
I will bring these people to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
The offerings and sacrifices
    they place on my altar will ·please me [be accepted],
because my Temple will be called
    a house for prayer for people from all nations [Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46].”
The Lord God says—
    he who gathers the ·Israelites that were forced to leave their country [outcasts/exiles of Israel]:
“I will ·bring together [gather] other people
    to join those who are already gathered.”

Israel’s Leaders Are Evil

All you ·animals [beasts] of the field,
    all you animals of the forest, come to ·eat [devour].
10 ·The leaders who are to guard the people [L His watchmen; 62:6] are blind;
    they ·don’t know what they are doing [lack knowledge; are ignorant].
All of them are like ·quiet [mute; or muzzled] dogs
    that ·don’t know how to [cannot] bark.
They lie down and dream
    and love to sleep.
11 They are like ·hungry [greedy; ravenous] dogs
    that are never satisfied.
They are like shepherds
    who ·don’t know what they are doing [lack understanding; are ignorant; Ezek. 34:2–3].
They all have gone their own way;
    ·all they want to do is satisfy themselves [each seeks their own gain/profit].
12 They say, “Come, let’s drink some wine;
    let’s ·drink all the [fill ourselves with] ·beer [T strong drink; C alcoholic beverage made from grain] we want.
And tomorrow ·we will do this again [will be like today],
    ·or, maybe we will have an even better time [even better; or it will be very great indeed; L very much abundantly great].”

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Isaiah 56 New International Version (NIV)

Salvation for Others

56 This is what the Lord says:

“Maintain justice
    and do what is right,
for my salvation is close at hand
    and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
Blessed is the one who does this—
    the person who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
    and keeps their hands from doing any evil.”

Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.
And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.
The Sovereign Lord declares—
    he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather still others to them
    besides those already gathered.”

God’s Accusation Against the Wicked

Come, all you beasts of the field,
    come and devour, all you beasts of the forest!
10 Israel’s watchmen are blind,
    they all lack knowledge;
they are all mute dogs,
    they cannot bark;
they lie around and dream,
    they love to sleep.
11 They are dogs with mighty appetites;
    they never have enough.
They are shepherds who lack understanding;
    they all turn to their own way,
    they seek their own gain.
12 “Come,” each one cries, “let me get wine!
    Let us drink our fill of beer!
And tomorrow will be like today,
    or even far better.”

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