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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Isaiah 56:1-12

56  This is what Jehovah has said: “Keep justice,*+ YOU people, and do what is righteous.+ For my salvation is at hand to come in,+ and my righteousness to be revealed.+  Happy is the mortal man* that does this,+ and the son of mankind* that lays hold of it,+ keeping the sabbath in order not to profane it,+ and keeping his hand in order not to do any kind of badness.+  And let not the foreigner* that has joined himself to Jehovah say,+ ‘Without doubt Jehovah will divide me off from his people.’+ Neither let the eunuch+ say, ‘Look! I am a dry tree.’”  For this is what Jehovah has said to the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths and that have chosen what I have delighted in+ and that are laying hold of my covenant:+  “I will even give to them in my house+ and within my walls a monument*+ and a name,+ something better than sons and daughters.+ A name to time indefinite I shall give them,*+ one that will not be cut off.+  “And the foreigners that have joined themselves to Jehovah to minister to him+ and to love the name of Jehovah,+ in order to become servants to him, all those keeping the sabbath in order not to profane it and laying hold of 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 for acceptance upon my altar.+ For my own house will be called even a house of prayer for all the peoples.”+  The utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, who is collecting together the dispersed ones of Israel,+ is: “I shall collect together to him others besides those already collected together of his.”+  All YOU wild animals of the open 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; they are not able to bark,+ panting, lying down, loving to slumber.+ 11  They are even dogs strong in soul[ful desire];+ they have known no satisfaction.+ They are also shepherds that have not known how to understand.+ They have all of them turned to their own way, each one for his unjust gain from his own border:+ 12  “Come, men! Let me take some wine; and let us drink intoxicating liquor to the limit.+ And tomorrow will certainly turn out just as today, great in a very much larger way.”+

Footnotes

Or, “judgment.”
“Mortal man.” Heb., ʼenohsh′.
Or, “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
Lit., “son of the foreign (country).”
Lit., “a hand.” But see 1Sa 15:12; 2Sa 18:18.
“Them,” 1QIsaTLXXSyVg; M, “him; each one.”