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56Isaiah

1 These are the words of the LORD:
Maintain justice, do the right;
for my deliverance is close at hand,
and my righteousness will show itself victorious.

ISAIAH 3. God's people will include all nations. Is.56.1-8
2 Happy is the man who follows these precepts,
happy the mortal who holds them fast,
who keeps the sabbath undefiled,
who refrains from all wrong-doing!

 
3 The foreigner who has given his allegiance to the LORD must not say,
'The LORD will keep me separate from his people for ever';
and the eunuch must not say,
'I am nothing but a barren tree.'

 
4 For these are the words of the LORD:
The eunuchs who keep my sabbaths,
who choose to do my will and hold fast to my covenant,

 
5 shall receive from me something better than sons and daughters,
a memorial and a name in my own house and within my walls;
I will give them an everlasting name,
a name imperishable for all time.

 
6 So too with the foreigners who give their allegiance to me, the LORD,
to minister to me and love my name
and to become my servants,
all who keep the sabbath undefiled
and hold fast to my covenant:

 
7 them will I bring to my holy hill
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their offerings and sacrifices shall be acceptable on my altar;
for my house shall be called
a house of prayer for all nations.

 
8 This is the very word of the Lord GOD,
who brings home the outcasts of Israel:
I will yet bring home all that remain to be brought in.

 
9 Come, beasts of the plain, beasts of the forest,
come, eat your fill,

Israel's leaders are condemned. Is.56.9-12
10 for Israel's watchmen are blind, all of them unaware.
They are all dumb dogs who cannot bark,
stretched on the ground, dreaming, lovers of sleep,

 
11 greedy dogs that can never have enough.
They are shepherds who understand nothing,
absent each of them on his own pursuits,
each intent on his own gain wherever he can find it.

 
12 'Come,' says each of them, 'let me fetch wine,
strong drink, and we will drain it down;
let us make tomorrow like today,
or greater far!'

 
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