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All Nations Will Obey the Lord

56 This is what the Lord says:

“Give justice to all people,
    and do what is right,
because my salvation will come to you soon.
    Soon everyone will know that I do what is right.
The person who obeys the law about the Sabbath
    will be blessed,
and the person who does no evil
    will be blessed.”

Foreigners who have joined the Lord should not say,
    “The Lord will not accept me with his people.”
The eunuch should not say,
    “Because I cannot have children, the Lord will not accept me.”
This is what the Lord says:
“The eunuchs should obey the law about the Sabbath
    and do what I want
    and keep my agreement.
If they do, I will make their names remembered
    within my Temple and its walls.
    It will be better for them than children.
I will give them a name that will last forever,
    that will never be forgotten.
Foreigners will join the Lord
    to worship him and love him,
    to serve him,
to obey the law about the Sabbath,
    and to keep my agreement.
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,
because my Temple will be called
    a house for prayer for people from all nations.”
The Lord God says—
    he who gathers the Israelites that were forced to leave their country:
“I will bring together other people
    to join those who are already gathered.”

Israel’s Leaders Are Evil

All you animals of the field,
    all you animals of the forest, come to eat.
10 The leaders who are to guard the people are blind;
    they don’t know what they are doing.
All of them are like quiet dogs
    that don’t know how to bark.
They lie down and dream
    and love to sleep.
11 They are like hungry dogs
    that are never satisfied.
They are like shepherds
    who don’t know what they are doing.
They all have gone their own way;
    all they want to do is satisfy themselves.
12 They say, “Come, let’s drink some wine;
    let’s drink all the beer we want.
And tomorrow we will do this again,
    or, maybe we will have an even better time.”

Salvation for Others

56 This is what the Lord says:

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

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

For this is what the Lord says:

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

God’s Accusation Against the Wicked

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

56 Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.

10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.