Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Isaiah 56

The prophet exhorteth to sanctification.

Isaiah 56:1 Thus, saith Yahweh, Observe ye justice, And execute righteousness,—For, near, is, My salvation, to come in, and, My righteousness to be revealed. Isaiah 56:2 How happy the frail man, who doeth this! Yea the son of the earth-born who firmly graspeth it! Keeping the sabbath, lest he profane it, and, Keeping his own hand, from doing any wrong.

He promiseth it shall be general without respect of persons.

Isaiah 56:3 And let not the son of the foreigner, who hath joined himself unto Yahweh, speak, saying, Yahweh, will separate, me from his people, Neither let the eunuch, say, Lo! I, am a tree dried up! Isaiah 56:4 For, thus, saith Yahweh—Of the eunuchs, Who shall keep my sabbaths, And choose what I delight in,—And lay firm hold on my covenant, Isaiah 56:5 That I will give unto them—In my house, And within my walls, A sign and a name, better than sons and daughters,—A name age-abiding, will I give him, which shall not be cut off. Isaiah 56:6 And, as for the sons of the foreigner—Who have joined themselves unto Yahweh, To wait upon him, and, To love the name of Yahweh, To become his, for servants,—Every one who keepeth the sabbath, lest he profane it, And who layeth firm hold on my covenant, Isaiah 56:7 Surely I will bring them into my holy, mountain, And make them joyful in my house of prayer, Their ascending-offerings and their sacrifices, being accepted upon mine altar,—For, my house, a house of prayer, shall be called, for all the peoples! Isaiah 56:8 Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Who is gathering the outcasts of Israel:—Yet others, will I gather unto him, Besides his own gathered ones.

He inveigheth against blind watchmen.

Isaiah 56:9 All ye beasts of the field! come ye, to devour, All ye beasts in the forest. Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen, are blind, None of them, know, All of them, are dumb dogs, they cannot bark,—Dreaming, sleeping, loving to slumber. Isaiah 56:11 And, the dogs, are greedy, they know not to be satisfied, Yea, they, are shepherds, who know not to discern,—All of them, unto their own way, have turned, Every man to his unjust gain, on every hand: Isaiah 56:12 Come ye! I will fetch wine, Let us fill ourselves with strong drink,—And, like this day, shall, tomorrow, be—Great beyond measure!

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