The prophet exhorteth to sanctification.
Isaiah 56:1 Thus said Jehovah: 'Keep ye judgment, and do righteousness, For near [is] My salvation to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.' Isaiah 56:2 O the happiness of a man who doth this, And of a son of man who keepeth hold on it, Keeping the sabbath from polluting it, And keeping his hand from doing any evil.
He promiseth it shall be general without respect of persons.
Isaiah 56:3 Nor speak let a son of the stranger, Who is joined unto Jehovah, saying: 'Jehovah doth certainly separate me from His people.' Nor say let the eunuch, 'Lo, I am a tree dried up,' Isaiah 56:4 For thus said Jehovah of the eunuchs, Who do keep My sabbaths, And have fixed on that which I desired, And are keeping hold on My covenant: Isaiah 56:5 I have given to them in My house, And within My walls a station and a name, Better than sons and than daughters, A name age-during I give to him That is not cut off. Isaiah 56:6 And sons of the stranger, who are joined to Jehovah, To serve Him, and to love the name of Jehovah, To be to Him for servants, Every keeper of the sabbath from polluting it, And those keeping hold on My covenant. Isaiah 56:7 I have brought them unto My holy mountain, And caused them to rejoice in My house of prayer, Their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices [Are] for a pleasing thing on Mine altar, For My house, 'A house of prayer,' Is called for all the peoples. Isaiah 56:8 An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, Who is gathering the outcasts of Israel: 'Again I gather to himto his gathered ones.'
He inveigheth against blind watchmen.
Isaiah 56:9 Every beast of the field, Come to devour, every beast in the forest. Isaiah 56:10 Blind [are] his watchmenall of them, They have not known, All of them [are] dumb dogs, they are not able to bark, Dozing, lying down, loving to slumber. Isaiah 56:11 And the dogs [are] strong of desire, They have not known sufficiency, And they [are] shepherds! They have not known understanding, All of them to their own way they did turn, Each to his dishonest gain from his quarter: Isaiah 56:12 'Come ye, I take wine, And we drink, quaff strong drink, And as this day hath been to-morrow, Greatexceeding abundant!'