Isaías 56

1 This is what the LORD says: ¶ "Maintain justice ¶ and do what is right, ¶ for my salvation is close at hand ¶ and my righteousness will soon be revealed.

2 Blessed is the one who does this — the person who holds it fast, ¶ who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, ¶ and keeps their hands from doing any evil."

3 Let no foreigner who is bound to the LORD say, ¶ "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people." ¶ And let no eunuch complain, ¶ "I am only a dry tree."

4 For this is what the LORD says: ¶ "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, ¶ who choose what pleases me ¶ and hold fast to my covenant —

5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name ¶ better than sons and daughters; ¶ I will give them an everlasting name ¶ that will endure forever.

6 And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to minister to him, ¶ to love the name of the LORD, ¶ and to be his servants, ¶ all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it ¶ and who hold fast to my covenant —

7 these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. ¶ Their burnt offerings and sacrifices ¶ will be accepted on my altar; ¶ for my house will be called ¶ a house of prayer for all nations."

8 The Sovereign LORD declares — he who gathers the exiles of Israel: ¶ "I will gather still others to them ¶ besides those already gathered."

9 Come, all you beasts of the field, ¶ come and devour, all you beasts of the forest!

10 Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; ¶ they are all mute dogs, ¶ they cannot bark; ¶ they lie around and dream, ¶ they love to sleep.

11 They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. ¶ They are shepherds who lack understanding; ¶ they all turn to their own way, ¶ they seek their own gain.

12 "Come," each one cries, "let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! ¶ And tomorrow will be like today, ¶ or even far better."

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