“·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]. 2 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.”
3 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].” 4 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]: 5 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]. 6 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]: 7 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].” 8 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
9 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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