The prophet exhorteth to sanctification.
Isaiah 56:1 Thus sayeth the Lorde. Kepe equite, and do ryght, for my sauyng health shall come shortly, & my ryghteousnes shalbe opened. Isaiah 56:2 Blessed is þe man that doth thys, and the mans chylde whych kepeth the same. He that taketh hede, that he vnhalowe not the Sabboth (that is) he that kepeth hym selfe that he do no euel.
He promiseth it shall be general without respect of persons.
Isaiah 56:3 Then shall not the straunger, which cleaueth to þe Lorde, saye: Alas, the Lorde hath shut me cleane out from hys people. Nether shall the gelded man saye: lo, I am a drye tre. Isaiah 56:4 For thus sayeth the Lorde, vnto the gelded that kepeth my Sabboth: Namely, that holdeth greatly of the thynge that pleaseth me, and kepeth my couenaunt: Isaiah 56:5 Unto them wyll I geue in my housholde and wythin my walles, a better herytage & name, then yf they had bene called sonnes & daughters. I will geue them an euerlastinge name, þt shall not perish. Isaiah 56:6 Agayne the straungers that stycke to the Lorde, to serue hym, and to loue hys name: and to be hys seruauntes. And all they, whych kepe them selues, that they vnhalowe not the Sabboth, namely, that they fulfyll my couenaunt: Isaiah 56:7 Them wyll I brynge to my holy mountayne, and make them ioyfull in my house of prayer. Theyr burnt offrynges and sacrifyces shalbe accepted vpon myne aulter. For my house shalbe called an house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:8 Thus sayeth the Lorde God whych gathereth together the scatred of Israel: I will brynge yet another congregacyon to hym.
He inveigheth against blind watchmen.
Isaiah 56:9 Come all ye beastes of the felde, that ye may deuoure, all þe beastes of þe wodd. Isaiah 56:10 For hys watchmen are all blynde, they haue all together no vnderstandynge, they are all domme dogges, not beynge able to barcke, they are slepy: slogysh are they, and lye snortynge: Isaiah 56:11 they are shamelesse dogges, that be neuer satisfyed. The sheperdes also in lyke maner haue no vnderstandynge, but euery man turneth his awne waye, euery one after his awne couetousnes with all hys power. Isaiah 56:12 Come (saye they) I wyll fetch wyne, so shall we fyll oure selues, that we maye be dronken. And do to morowe, lyke as to daye, yee and moche more.