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c. Preserving justice and doing righteousness for prosperity and Jehovah's acceptance 56:1-8
Isa. 56 :1 56:1 Thus says Jehovah,
Preserve 1justice and do righteousness,
For My 1salvation is aabout to come
And My 1righteousness is about to be revealed.
Isa. 56 :2 56:2 Blessed is the man who does this,
And the son of man who takes hold of it,
Who keeps the 1Sabbath so as not to profane it
And keeps his hand from doing any evil.
Isa. 56 :3 56:3 And let not the son of a foreigner
Who has joined himself to Jehovah speak, saying,
Jehovah will surely separate me from His people;
Nor let the eunuch say,
Now I am a dry tree.
Isa. 56 :4 56:4 For thus says Jehovah,
To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths
And choose what pleases Me,
And hold fast My covenant,
Isa. 56 :5 56:5 To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial and a name
Better than that of sons and daughters;
I will give them an eternal name
Which will not be cut off.
Isa. 56 :6 56:6 Also the children of the foreigner who join themselves to Jehovah,
To minister to Him and to love the name of Jehovah,
To be servants to Him,
Everyone who keeps the Sabbath so as not to profane it
And holds fast My covenant,
Isa. 56 :7 56:7 Even these will I cause to come to My holy mountain
And to rejoice in My house of prayer;
Their aburnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable upon My altar;
For bMy house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.
Isa. 56 :8 56:8 The Lord Jehovah, who agathers the outcasts of Israel, declares:
Yet will I gather 1others to Him besides those gathered to Him already.
d. The rebuking of the blind watchmen and the self-seeking shepherds 56:9-12
Isa. 56 :9 56:9 All you animals of the field, come to eat,
All you animals of the forest.
Isa. 56 :10 56:10 His watchmen are ablind;
All of them know nothing;
All of them are dumb bdogs,
They cannot bark;
Dreamers who lie down
And love to slumber.
Isa. 56 :11 56:11 And these dogs are greedy;
They know no satisfaction.
And they are shepherds
Who lack understanding.
All of them have turned to their own way,
Each to his own gain, to the last of them.
Isa. 56 :12 56:12 Come, they say, let me get some wine,
And let us drink down some liquor;
And tomorrow will be like today,
Only much more abundant.
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