NASB — Isaiah 56 — KJV

Rewards for Obedience to God

  1 Thus says the LORD,
  “aPreserve justice and do righteousness,
  For My bsalvation is about to come
  And My righteousness to be revealed.
  2 “How ablessed is the man who does this,
  And the son of man who btakes hold of it;
  Who ckeeps from profaning the sabbath,
  And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
  3 Let not the aforeigner who has joined himself to the LORD say,
  “The LORD will surely separate me from His people.”
  Nor let the beunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”
4 For thus says the LORD,
  “To the eunuchs who akeep My sabbaths,
  And choose what pleases Me,
  And bhold fast My covenant,
  5 To them I will give in My ahouse and within My bwalls a memorial,
  And a name better than that of sons and daughters;
  I will give Ithem an everlasting cname which dwill not be cut off.

[1] aIs 1:17; 33:5; 61:8 bPs 85:9; Is 46:13; 51:5
[2] aPs 112:1; 119:1, 2 bIs 56:4, 6 cEx 20:8-11; 31:13-17; Is 56:6; 58:13; Jr 17:21, 22; Ezk 20:12, 20
[3] aIs 14:1; 56:6 bDt 23:1; Jr 38:7; Ac 8:27
[4] aIs 56:2, 6 bIs 56:6
[5] ISo DSS; M.T. reads him aIs 2:2, 3; 56:7; 66:20 bIs 26:1; 60:18 cIs 62:2 dIs 48:19; 55:13

  6 ¶ “Also the aforeigners who join themselves to the LORD,
  To minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD,
  To be His servants, every one who bkeeps from profaning the sabbath
  And holds fast My covenant;
  7 Even athose I will bring to My bholy mountain
  And cmake them joyful in My house of prayer.
  Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on dMy altar;
  For eMy house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”
  8 The Lord IGOD, who agathers the dispersed of Israel, declares,
  “Yet b[others] I will gather to IIthem, to those [already] gathered.”

[6] aIs 56:3; 60:10; 61:5 bIs 56:2, 4
[7] aIs 2:2, 3; 60:11; Mi 4:1, 2 bIs 11:9; 65:25 cIs 61:10 dIs 60:7 eMt 21:13; Mk 11:17; Lk 19:46
[8] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD IILit him aIs 11:12 bIs 60:3-11; 66:18-21; Jn 10:16

  9 ¶ All you abeasts of the field,
  All you beasts in the forest,
  Come to eat.
  10 His awatchmen are bblind,
  All of them know nothing.
  All of them are mute dogs unable to bark,
  IDreamers lying down, who love to slumber;
  11 And the dogs are Iagreedy, they IIare not satisfied.
  And they are shepherds who have bno understanding;
  They have all cturned to their own way,
  Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.
  12 “Come,” [they say], “let Ius get awine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink;
  And btomorrow will be like today, only more so.”

[9] aIs 18:6; 46:11
[10] ISo DSS; M.T. Ravers aEzk 3:17 bIs 29:9-14; Jr 14:13, 14
[11] ILit strong of soul/appetite IILit do not know satisfaction aIs 28:7; Ezk 13:19; Mi 3:5, 11 bIs 1:3 cIs 57:17; Jr 22:17
[12] ISo DSS and many versions; M.T. me aIs 5:11, 12, 22 bPs 10:6; Lk 12:19, 20


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The prophet exhorteth to sanctification.

1 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation [is] near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2 Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the son of man [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

[1] Ps 24:4; 50:23; 85:9; Is 1:16; 26:7; 46:13; 51:5; 55:7; Jr 7:3; Mal 4:4; Mt 3:2; 4:17; Mk 1:15; Lk 3:3; Jn 7:17; Ro 1:17; 10:6; 13:11.
[2] Ex 31:13; Lv 19:30; Ne 13:17; Ps 1:1; 15:1; 34:14; 37:27; 106:3; 112:1; 119:1, 101; 128:1; Pv 4:13, 27; 14:16; 16:6, 17; Ec 7:18; Is 56:4; 58:13; Jr 17:21; Ezk 20:12, 20; Lk 11:28; 12:43; Jn 13:17; Ro 12:9; Rv 22:14.

He promiseth it shall be general without respect of persons.

3 ¶ Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I [am] a dry tree. 4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose [the things] that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. 8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather [others] to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

[3] Nu 18:4, 7; Dt 23:1; Is 39:7; 56:5; Jr 38:7; 39:16; 50:5; Dn 1:3; Zp 2:11; Zc 8:20; Mt 8:10; 15:26; 19:12; Lk 7:6; Ac 8:26, 27; 10:1, 34; 13:47; 17:4; 18:7; Ro 2:10; 15:9, 16; 1Co 6:17; Ep 2:12, 22; 1P 1:1.
[4] Jsh 24:15; 2S 23:5; Ps 119:111; Is 27:5; 55:3; Jr 50:5; Lk 10:42; He 6:17.
[5] 1S 1:8; Is 55:13; 62:12; Mt 16:18; Jn 1:12; Ep 2:22; 1Ti 3:15; He 3:6; 1Jn 3:1; Rv 3:5, 12.
[6] Is 44:5; 56:2, 3; 58:13; Jr 50:5; Mk 12:30; Ac 2:41; 11:23; Ro 8:28; 1Co 16:22; 2Co 8:5; Ga 5:6; Ep 6:24; 1Th 1:9; Jm 1:12; 2:5; Rv 1:10.
[7] Ps 2:6; Is 2:2; 66:19; Mi 4:1; Zc 8:3; Mal 1:11; Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17; Lk 19:46; Jn 4:21; 12:20; Ro 12:1; Ep 2:11; 1Ti 2:8; He 12:22; 13:15; 1P 1:1; 2:5.
[8] Gn 49:10; Ps 106:47; 107:2; 147:2; Is 11:11; 27:12; 43:6; 49:12, 22; 54:7; 60:3; 66:18; Jr 30:17; 31:10; Ho 1:11; Mi 4:6; Zp 3:18; Zc 10:8; Jn 10:16; 11:52; Ep 1:10; 2:14.

He inveigheth against blind watchmen.

9 ¶ All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, [yea], all ye beasts in the forest. 10 His watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 Yea, [they are] greedy dogs [which] can never have enough, and they [are] shepherds [that] cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. 12 Come ye, [say they], I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, [and] much more abundant.

[9] Dt 28:26; Jr 12:9; Ezk 29:5; 39:17; Rv 19:17.
[10] Pv 6:4; 24:30; Is 29:10; 52:8; 58:1; Jr 6:13; 14:13; 23:13; Ezk 3:15, 17, 26; 13:16; 33:6; Ho 4:6; 9:7; Jna 1:2; Na 3:18; Mt 15:14; 23:16; Mk 13:34; Lk 6:39; Php 3:2.
[11] Ex 23:3; 1S 2:12, 29; Ec 5:10; Jr 22:17; Ezk 13:19; 34:2; Mi 3:5, 6, 11; Zc 11:15; Mal 1:10; Mt 13:14; Jn 8:43; Ac 20:29, 33; 2Co 4:4; Php 3:2, 19; 1Ti 3:3, 8; Tit 1:7, 11; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:3, 14, 15; Jde 1:11, 16; Rv 22:15.
[12] Ps 10:6; Pv 23:35; 27:1; 31:4; Is 5:22; 22:13; 28:7; Jr 18:18; Ho 4:11; Am 6:3; Mt 24:49; Lk 12:19, 45; 21:34; 1Co 15:32; Tit 1:7.


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