56 For[a] this is what the Lord says: “Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and soon my deliverance will be revealed. 2 Blessed is the one who does this, and the person that holds it fast, who observes the Sabbath without profaning it, and restrains his hands[b] from practicing any evil.
3 “Let[c] no foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say: ‘The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.’ Furthermore, let no eunuch say, ‘Look![d] I am just a dry tree.’” 4 For this is what the Lord says:
“To the eunuchs who observe my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me, and who hold fast my covenant— 5 to them I will give in my house[e] and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters. I will give them[f] an everlasting name that will not be cut off.[g]
6 “Also, the foreigners who join themselves to[h] the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,[i] to be his servants, and to bless the Lord’s name, observing[j] the Sabbath without profaning it, and who hold fast my covenant— 7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will rise up to be accepted[k] on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for everyone.”[l]
A Rebuke to Israel’s Guardians
8 This is what the Lord God says, the one who gathers the outcasts of Israel:
“I’ll gather still others to them besides those already gathered.[m]
9 “All you wild animals,[n] come and devour— even[o] all of you wild animals.[p] 10 His[q] watchmen[r] are blind; they are all without knowledge. They are all dumb dogs— they cannot bark. They keep on dreaming and lying around, and they’re lovers of sleep![s] 11 Meanwhile,[t] the dogs have a mighty appetite— they can never get enough. And as for them, they are the shepherds[u] who lack understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, each and every one.
12 “‘Come!’ they say, ‘let’s[v] have some wine, and let’s fill ourselves with strong drink! Then,[w] tomorrow will be like today,[x] or even much better!’”
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