Isaiah 56:1-12

  • Blessings on foreigners and eunuchs (1-8)

    • A house of prayer for all (7)

  • Blind watchmen, speechless dogs (9-12)

56  This is what Jehovah says: “Uphold justice,+ and do what is righteous,For my salvation will soon comeAnd my righteousness will be revealed.+   Happy is the man who does thisAnd the son of man who holds fast to it,Who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it+And who holds his hand back from any kind of evil.   The foreigner who joins himself to Jehovah+ should not say,‘Jehovah will surely separate me from his people.’ And the eunuch should not say, ‘Look! I am a dried-up tree.’”  For this is what Jehovah says to the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths and who choose what I delight in and who hold fast to my covenant:   “I will give to them in my house and within my walls a monument and a name,Something better than sons and daughters. An everlasting name I will give them,One that will not perish.   As for the foreigners who join themselves to Jehovah to minister to him,To love the name of Jehovah+And to be his servants,All those who keep the Sabbath and do not profane itAnd who hold fast to my covenant,   I will also bring them to my holy mountain+And make them rejoice inside my house of prayer. Their whole burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar. For my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”+  The Sovereign Lord Jehovah, who is gathering the dispersed ones of Israel,+ declares: “I will gather to him others besides those already gathered.”+   All you wild animals of the field, come to eat,All you wild animals in the forest.+ 10  His watchmen are blind,+ none of them have taken note.+ All of them are speechless dogs, unable to bark.+ They are panting and lying down; they love to slumber. 11  They are dogs with a voracious appetite;*They are never satisfied. They are shepherds who have no understanding.+ They have all gone their own way;Every last one of them seeks his own dishonest gain and says: 12  “Come, let me take some wine,And let us drink our fill of alcohol.+ And tomorrow will be like today, only far better!”


Or “with a strong soul.”