The prophet exhorteth to sanctification.
Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the LORD, Keepe yee iudgement, and doe iustice: for my saluation [is] neere to come, and my righteousnesse to bee reuealed. Isaiah 56:2 Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the sonne of man [that] layeth holde on it: that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any euill.
He promiseth it shall be general without respect of persons.
Isaiah 56:3 Neither let the sonne of the stranger, that hath ioyned himselfe to the LORD, speake, saying, The LORD hath vtterly separated mee from his people: neither let the Eunuch say, Behold, I [am] a drie tree. Isaiah 56:4 For thus saith the LORD vnto the Eunuches that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please mee, and take hold of my couenant: Isaiah 56:5 Euen vnto them will I giue in mine house, and within my walles, a place and a name better then of sonnes and of daughters: I wil giue them an euerlasting name, that shal not be cut off. Isaiah 56:6 Also the sonnes of the stranger that ioyne themselues to the LORD, to serue him, and to loue the Name of the LORD, to be his seruants, euery one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my Couenant: Isaiah 56:7 Euen them will I bring to my holy mountaine, and make them ioyfull in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted vpon mine Altar: for mine house shalbe called an house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel, saith, Yet will I gather [others] to him, besides those that are gathered vnto him.
He inveigheth against blind watchmen.
Isaiah 56:9 All ye beasts of the field, come to deuoure, [yea] all ye beasts in the forest. Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen [are] blinde: they [are] all ignorant, they [are] all dumbe dogs, they cannot barke; sleeping, lying downe, louing to slumber. Isaiah 56:11 Yea they [are] greedy dogges [which] can neuer haue ynough, and they [are] shepheards [that] cannot vnderstand: they all looke to their owne way, euery one for his gaine, from his quarter. Isaiah 56:12 Come ye, [say they], I wil fetch wine, and we will fill our selues with strong drinke, and to morrow shal be as this day, [and] much more abundant.