Isaiah 56

1The Lord said these things, “Be fair to all people. Do things that are right! Why? Because soon my salvation will come to you. My goodness will soon be shown to the whole world.” 2The person that obeys God’s law about the Sabbath will be blessed. And the person that does no evil will be happy. 3Some people that are not Jews will join themselves to the Lord. Those people should not say, “The Lord will not accept me with his people.” A eunuch should not say, “I am a dry piece of wood—˻I can’t make any children˼.” 4- 5˻These eunuchs should not say those things˼ because the Lord says, “Some of those eunuchs obey the laws about the Sabbath. And they choose to do the things I want. And they truly follow my Agreement. So I will put a memorial stone in my temple for them. Their name will be remembered in my city! Yes, I will give those eunuchs something better than sons and daughters. I will give them a name that continues forever. They will not be cut off from my people.” 6Some people that are not Jews will join themselves to the Lord. They will do this so they can serve him and love the Lord’s name. They will join themselves to the Lord to become his servants. They will keep the Sabbath ˻as a special day of worship˼ and they will continue to closely follow my Agreement ˻(Law)˼. 7The Lord says, “I will bring those people to my holy mountain. I will make them happy in my house of prayer. The offerings and sacrifices they give me will please me. Why? Because my temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” 8The Lord my Master said these things. The people of Israel were forced to leave their country. But the Lord will gather them together again. The Lord says, “I will again gather these people together.” 9Wild animals in the forest, come and eat! 10The guards ˻(prophets)˼ are all blind. They don’t know what they are doing. They are like dogs that won’t bark. They lie on the ground and sleep. Oh, they love to sleep. 11They are like hungry dogs. They are never satisfied. The shepherds don’t know what they are doing. ˻They are like their sheep˼ that have all wandered away. They are greedy. All they want to do is satisfy themselves. 12They come and say, ”I will drink some wine. I will drink some beer. I will do the same thing tomorrow. Only, I will drink even more.”

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