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Isaiah 56:1-12

56  Says Jehovah, Keep the law and do the right thing; for the time is almost here for my salvation to come and my right-doing to be manifested. 2  Happy is the person who does this, and the man who holds fast to it; who keeps sabbath without profaning it and keeps his hands from doing anything bad. 3*  And let the foreigner who has taken Jehovah’s side not say “Jehovah will exclude me from his people”; and let the eunuch not say “Well, I am a dead tree”; 4  for Jehovah says to the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths and choose what I like and hold to my covenant, 5*  I will give them in my house and within my walls a better monument and name than sons and daughters give; a perpetual, never-failing name I will give them. 6  And the foreigners who have taken Jehovah’s side to serve him and love Jehovah’s name, to become worshipers of his, everyone that keeps sabbath without profaning it and those that hold to my covenant, 7  I will bring to my sacred mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and sacrifices shall be acceptable on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all the peoples, 8**  quoth Jehovah who is gathering the exiles of Israel; I will further gather to him those whom he is to have gathered to him. 9  All you wild beasts, come to eat, all you beasts in the thickets! 10  her lookouts are blind, they all of them do not know; they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark, dreamy, lying flat, fond of sleeping. 11**  And the dogs have mighty appetites; they do not know when they have had enough; and the shepherds themselves do not know what is what, they have all turned to their own errands, every single one to his own profits: 12  “Come, I will fetch wine and we will swig beer, and tomorrow will be like today, a very special great time.”

Footnotes

56:3 Lit. a dry tree
56:5 Or a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; a
56:8 Or peoples. Quoth Jehovah who is gathering the exiles of Israel, I
56:8 (last part) Unc.; susp.
56:11 Lit. and those, the shepherds, do Codd.* and they are shepherds who do Susp.
56:11 Lit. each to his profits universally