The prophet exhorteth to sanctification.
Isaiah 56:1 Thus sayth the Lord Kepe equite, and do ryght, for my sauing health shal come shortly, & my righteousnes shalbe opened. Isaiah 56:2 Blessed is the man that doth this & the mans chylde which kepeth the same. He that taketh hede, that he vnhalow not þe Sabboth (that is) he that kepeth him self that he do no euyll.
He promiseth it shall be general without respect of persons.
Isaiah 56:3 Then shall not the straunger, which cleaueth to the Lorde, saye: Alas the Lorde hath shut me cleane oute from his people. Nether shall the gelded man say: lo, I am a drye tre. Isaiah 56:4 For thus sayth the Lorde, fyrste vnto the gelded that kepeth my Sabboth: Namelye: þt holdeth greately of the thynge that pleaseth me, and kepeth my couenaunte: Isaiah 56:5 Vnto them wyll I geue in my housholde and within my walles, a better herytage and name then yf they had bene called sonnes and doughters I wyll geue them an euerlastynge name, that shall not peryshe. Isaiah 56:6 Agayne, he sayeth vnto the straungers that are dysposed to stycke to the Lorde, to serue hym, and to loue hys name: That they shalbe no bonde men. And all they whiche kepe them selues, that they vnhalowe not the Sabboth, namely that they fulfil my couenaunt. Isaiah 56:7 Then wyll I brynge to my holye mountayne, and make them ioyfull in my house of prayer. Their burnt offeringes & sacryfyces shalbe accepted vpon mine aulter, for my house shalbe an house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:8 Thus sayeth the Lorde God whiche gathered together the scatred of Israel: I wil bring yet another congregacion to him.
He inveigheth against blind watchmen.
Isaiah 56:9 Al the beastes of the felde, and al the beastes of þe wood shal come to deuoure hym. Isaiah 56:10 For hys watch men are al blind, they haue altogether no vnderstandyng, they are al domme dogges, not beyng able to barcke, they are slepery: slogish are they, & lye snortynge: Isaiah 56:11 they are shamelesse dogges, that be neuer satisfyed. The sheperdes also in lyke maner haue no vnderstanding but euery man turneth his owne way, euery one after his owne couetousnes with all hys power. Isaiah 56:12 Come (saye they) I wil fetche wyne, so shall we fyll oure selues, that we maye be droncken. And to morowe, lyke as to daye, yea and much more.