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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.

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.

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.

Commentary for Isaiah 56

A charge to keep the Divine precepts. (1,2) Blessings promised. (3-8) Reproof to the careless watchmen, the teachers and rulers of the Jews. (9-12)1,2 The Lord tells us what are his expectations of duty from us. Be honest and just in all dealings. Also strictly observe the sabbath day. To have the blessing of God upon employments all the week, make conscience of keeping the sabbath holy. Have nothing to do with sin. Blessed is the man that keeps his hand from all things displeasing to God and hurtful to his own soul. Those who, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith, will be found walking in ways of holy obedience.

3-8 Unbelief often suggests things to discourage believers, against which God has expressly guarded. Spiritual blessings are unspeakably better than having sons and daughters; for children are a care, and may prove a grief and shame, but the blessings we partake of in God's house, are comforts which cannot be made bitter. Those who love the Lord truly, will serve him faithfully, and then his commandments are not grievous. Three things are promised. Assistance: I will not only bid them welcome, but incline them to come. Acceptance, and comfort: though they came mourning to the house of prayer, they shall go away rejoicing. They shall find ease by casting their cares and burdens upon God. Many a sorrowful spirit has been made joyful in the house of prayer. The Gentiles shall be one body with the Jews, that, as Christ says, #Joh 10:16|, there may be one fold and one Shepherd. Thanks be to God that none are separated from him except by wilful sin and unbelief; and if we come to him, we shall be accepted through the sacrifice of our great High Priest.

9-12 Desolating judgments are called for; and this severe rebuke of the rulers and teachers of the Jewish church, is applicable to other ages and places. It is bad with a people when their shepherds slumber, and are eager after the world. Let us pray the Great Shepherd to send us pastors after his own heart, who will feed us with knowledge, that we may rejoice in his holy name, and that believers may be daily added to the church.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 56

  • God love the whole WORLD His Word is for all people. And we have to love every one worldwide just like God. Because Jesus His son died for the whole WORLD. That love.
  • All so some Church leader need to understand what this really mean.
  • Dewayne for verse 7
    I's me again, I just read the Whole chapter of Isaiah 56 and found most of my answers in it. This is now another one of my favorite Chapters in the Bible. Praise Our God of Mercy! I'm sorry that I didn't see the answers to my Questions the first time I read it.
  • Dewayne for verse 7
    Right now I'm trying to determine if the things that applied to Jews only in the past also apply to people that are not sure if they have the seed of Abraham or not. Because I know the seed of Abraham is dispersed throughout the human race because of the Ten Lost tribes and other Jews that have strayed away from Judaism. But that wouldn't necessarily mean that everyone in the world has the seed of Abraham either. I'm also trying to determine if the decendents of the Ten Lost Tribes are going to be punished for their ancestors not returning to Judaism and living by the Law as they were supposed to. If they chose not to keep them, they would receive all of the curses mentioned in the Law for not keeping all of the Commandments according to my understanding of what I've read. Do you know of any scripture that confirms that all people without the seed of Abraham have the same rights and privilages as those who supposedly do, under the Mosaic Law? I remember reading in the Mosic Law once, where it said not to add or subtract anything from the Laws of Moses. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. Sincerely, Dewayne
  • And much more abundant, unaware of the coming doom as prophesied in Revelation. The high mindedness of sinners blocks out the truth of God 's word that contains the eternal salvation of billions of souls who believe and submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ our savior.
  • Thankful
    Starting to finally appreciate the depth in simplicity of the Lord 's words about His House being a house of prayer for all people! When all else fails, we have prayer!

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