Isaiah 56 ©

1 An exhortation to holiness of life: 3 God promiseth that it shall be accepted without respect of persons. 9 The calamities of the church imputed to blind watchmen.


THUS saith the LORD, aKeep ye 1judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.


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


¶Neither dlet the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither elet the *eunuch say, Behold, I am fa dry tree.


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


hEven unto them will I give in imine house and within my walls a place and ja 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 kjoin themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and lto love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, mevery one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and ntaketh hold of my covenant;


Even them will I obring 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 pmine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.


The Lord GOD which qgathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, rYet will I gather others to him, 2beside those that are gathered unto him.


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


His twatchmen are ublind: they are all ignorant, they are all vdumb dogs, they cannot bark; 3sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.


Yea, wthey are 4greedy dogs which 5can never have enough, and they are xshepherds that cannot understand: ythey all look to their own way, zevery one for his gain, from his quarter.


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