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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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