Douay-Rheims Bible

Isaiah 56

The prophet exhorteth to sanctification.

Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the Lord: Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my justice to be revealed. Isaiah 56:2 Blessed is the man that doth this, and the son of man that shall lay hold on this: that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, that keepeth his hands from doing any evil.

He promiseth it shall be general without respect of persons.

Isaiah 56:3 And let not the son of the stranger, that adhereth to the Lord, speak, saying: The Lord will divide and separate me from his people. And let not the eunuch say: Behold I am a dry tree. Isaiah 56:4 For thus saith the Lord to the eunuchs, They that shall keep my sabbaths, and shall choose the things that please me, and shall hold fast my covenant: Isaiah 56:5 I will give to them in my house, and within my walls, a place, and a name better than sons and daughters: I will give them an everlasting name which shall never perish. Isaiah 56:6 And the children of the stranger that adhere to the Lord, to worship him, and to love his name, to be his servants: every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and that holdeth fast my covenant: Isaiah 56:7 I will bring them into my holy mount, and will make them joyful in my house of prayer: their holocausts, and their victims shall please me upon my altar: for my house shall be called the house of prayer, for all nations. Isaiah 56:8 The Lord God, who gathereth the scattered of Israel, saith: I will still gather unto him his congregation.

He inveigheth against blind watchmen.

Isaiah 56:9 All ye beasts of the field come to devour, all ye beasts of the forest. Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are all blind, they are all ignorant: dumb dogs not able to bark, seeing vain things, sleeping and loving dreams. Isaiah 56:11 And most impudent dogs, they never had enough: the shepherds themselves knew no understanding: all have turned aside into their own way, every one after his own gain, from the first even to the last. Isaiah 56:12 Come, let us take wine, and be filled with drunkenness: and it shall be as to day, so also to morrow, and much more.

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