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Isaiah 56 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Joy for the Outcasts

56 Yahweh says to his people:

    “Promote the cause of justice!
    Do what is just and right,[a]
    for soon my salvation will come
    and my righteousness will be unveiled.
Blessed is the one who will faithfully keep his commitment.
    Yes, blessed is the one
    who honors the Sabbath[b] and does not disregard it,
    and the one who keeps their hands from doing evil.”
The foreigner who joins himself to Yahweh
    should never say,
    “Because I’m a foreigner,
    Yahweh will exclude me from his people.”
    And the eunuchs should never say,
    “Because I can’t have children, I’m just a barren tree.”[c]
For Yahweh says to such a man,
    “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    and choose the things that honor me,
    and remain true to my covenant, I make this promise:
‘I will bestow upon them within my household[d]
    both an honored place[e] and an honored name,
    even better than the honor that comes from having children.
    I bestow upon them my everlasting favor;[f]
    you will never be forgotten.’
And to the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh
    to worship him, those who want to be his servants
    and love the name of Yahweh—
    all who honor the Sabbath and do not disregard it,
    and who remain true to my covenant—I make this promise:
‘I will welcome you into my holy mountain[g]
    and make you joyful in my house of prayer.[h]
    I will accept every sacrifice and offering
    that you place on my altar,
    for my house of worship will be known
    as a house of prayer for all people.’”
The Lord God Almighty,
    who brings home the outcasts of Israel, says,
    “There are many others I will gather,
    and I will add them to those who are already gathered.”[i]

Corrupt Leaders

All you wild beasts, come and devour,
    you wild animals of the forest.
10 Blind watchmen, all of them!
    They have no revelation knowledge;
    they’re like dumb dogs that don’t even bark—
    dreaming, sleeping, devoted to slumber.
11 They’re greedy dogs that never eat enough.
    And the shepherds have no discernment;
    they follow their own desires.
    Every last one of them seeks his own profit.
12 Each one says, “Let’s get wine and liquor and have a party!
    And tomorrow, more of the same, except even better!”[j]

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 56:1 Or “cultivate righteousness.”
  2. Isaiah 56:2 For believers today, our Sabbath is now a man, the Lord Jesus Christ. We have entered into the seventh day from Adam (2 Peter 3:8) and rest in the finished work of the cross. We cease from our own labors and enter into his Sabbath rest. See Heb. 4.
  3. Isaiah 56:3 This is a figure of speech, comparing being unable to procreate to being like a withered tree. Eunuchs were forbidden to worship with God’s people (Deut. 23:1), but God’s mercy triumphs over rejection.
  4. Isaiah 56:5 Or “in my house and within my walls.” This becomes a figure of speech for God’s household or family, not a literal plaque in the temple. God is saying that grace is greater than our disqualifications. In spite of our imperfections, if we continue to honor God and his Word, favor will rest on our lives forever. This favor and name will endure longer than what comes from having children.
  5. Isaiah 56:5 Or “monument (memorial).”
  6. Isaiah 56:5 Or “with an everlasting name.”
  7. Isaiah 56:7 Yahweh’s holy mountain is the Zion-realm. See Heb. 12:22-24.
  8. Isaiah 56:7 God’s desire has always been to gather his people into the house of prayer. See Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46.
  9. Isaiah 56:8 Or “to those who are already gathered.” See John 17:20-24.
  10. Isaiah 56:12 The Septuagint omits this verse.
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