Isaiah 56:3

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

¶ Neither let the sonne of the stranger, that hath ioyned himselfe to the Lord, speake, saying, The Lord hath vtterly separated mee from his people: neither let the Eunuch say, Behold, I am a drie tree.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely separate me from His people. Nor let the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Neither let the foreigner, that hath joined himself to Jehovah, speak, saying, Jehovah will surely separate me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And let not the man from a strange country, who has been joined to the Lord, say, The Lord will certainly put a division between me and his people: and let not the unsexed man say, See, I am a dry tree.
- Basic English Bible

And let not the son of the alien, that hath joined himself to Jehovah, speak saying, Jehovah hath entirely separated me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree;
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

Neither let the foreigner, who has joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, "Yahweh will surely separate me from his people;" neither let the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."
- World English Bible

Nor speak let a son of the stranger, Who is joined unto Jehovah, saying: `Jehovah doth certainly separate me from His people.' Nor say let the eunuch, `Lo, I am a tree dried up,'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Neither let the alien, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying: 'The LORD will surely separate me from His people'; neither let the eunuch say: 'Behold, I am a dry tree.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 56:3


56:3 The stranger - The stranger, the Gentile, who by birth is a stranger to God, that hath turned from dumb idols to the living God. The eunuch - Who is here joined with the stranger, because he was forbidden to enter into the congregation of the Lord, #Deut 23:1|. Under these two instances he understands all those, who either by birth, or by any ceremonial pollution, were excluded from church privileges, and so he throws open the door to all true believers. A dry tree - A fruitless tree, accursed by God with the curse of barrenness.


Discussion for Isaiah 56

  • Ren
    1 Corinthians 6:9 9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind
  • RJ
    Dj, In Christ we can live each day in holiness, but only God can make a day holy. He did that with only one day. Certainly God led you to read Isaiah 56. The Sabbath spoken of there is God's only holy seventh day. It is holy because God made it so. Isaiah 56 prophesies of a day when God's faithful will seek to please God and choose to keep His true Sabbath. Read Revelation 22:14. God is with you.
  • Dj
    The Lord is so gracious, I have been trialing for a great long time and the holyspirit spoke to my heart and told me to read Isaiah 56. I obeyed and was blessed, I just want to say the sabbath for a true Christian is everyday, we are speaking of God living and abiding in our heart not just a building although we need to attend a church where truth is preaƧhed, demonstration of holyspirit; gifts.
  • Irene123
    Tiffany, May God bless you for your stand, but - as Ingrid used scripture (wrongly) - we need to use scripture for HIS stand; not for OUR stand, HIS. Everything is in and about JESUS. And ALWAYS pray for His guidance for HIS answers. I have been guilty of just bulling ahead with scripture - without praying first, and NONE of it has done any good - that I can see.
  • Tiffany
    The eunuchs were absolutely not transgender. They were men who had been castrated, that could not have children. Dressing as the opposite sex is forbidden. Same sex relationships were forbidden.
  • Ingrid Frivold-Storli
    vers 3-5
    Runs against the current trend in many churches of how to treat lgbt-people. The eunuchs was the transgenders of the time, and since they got noe chance of bringing forth their own offspring, Isaiah tells quiet clearly what god has in store for those who follow his covenant. No intention read here of pushing them out in the cold.

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