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Isaiah 56:1–66:24

Salvation for All Who Obey

56 Thus says Yahweh:

“Observe justice

and do righteousness,

for my salvation is close to coming,

and my justice to being revealed.

Happy is the man who does this,

and the son of humankind who keeps hold of it,

who keeps the Sabbath so as not to profanea it,

and who keeps his hand from doing anyb evil.”

And do not let the foreignerc who joins himself to Yahweh say, “Surely Yahweh will separate me from his people.”

And do not let the eunuch say, “Look! I am a dry tree!”

For thus says Yahweh, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,

and choose that in which I delight,

and who keep hold of my covenant.

And I will give them a monument and a name in my house and within my walls,

better than sons and daughters;

I will give him an everlasting name

that shall not be cut off.

And the foreignersd who join themselves to Yahweh to serve him

and to love the name of Yahweh, to become his servants,

every one who keeps the Sabbath, so as not to profanee it,

and those who keep hold of my covenant,

I will bring them to my holy mountain;f

I will make them merry in my house of prayer.

their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptedg on my altar,

for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,”

declaresh the Lord Yahweh, who gathersi the scattered ones of Israel (still I will gather toj him, to his gathered ones).

Wicked Leaders

All wild animals in the field, come,

to devour,k all wild animals in the forest!

10 His watchmen are blind,

none of them know.

They are all dumb dogs;

they are unable to bark,

panting, lying down,

loving to slumber.

11 And the dogs have a greedy appetite;l

they are never satisfied.m

And they are the shepherds!

They do not haven understanding.

They all turn to their own way,

each one for his own gain, every one of them.o

12 “Come, let me take wine,

and let us carouse with intoxicating drink,

and tomorrow will be like today,

very great indeed.”p

Idolatry is Adultery

57 The righteous one perishes, and there is no one who takesa it to heart.

And men of faithfulness are gathered, while there is no one who understands,

for the righteous is gathered from the presence of wickedness.

he enters into peace;

they will rest on their beds,

walking straight ahead of him.

“Butb you, come near here, you children of a soothsayer,

offspring of an adulterer and she who commits fornication.

At whom do you make fun?

At whom do you openc your mouth and stick outd your tongue?

Are you not children of transgression,

offspring of deception,

who burn with lust among the oaks,

under every leafy tree,

who slaughter children in the valleys,

under the clefts of the rocks?

Your portion is among the smooth stones of the valley;

they, they are your lot;

indeed, to them you have poured out a drink offering,

you have brought a food offering.

Shall I relent concerning these things?

You have set your bed upon a high and lofty mountain;

indeed, you went up there to slaughter sacrifice.

And you have set your symbol behind the door and the doorpost;

for you departe from me, and you go up;

you make your bed wide, and you make a deal withf them,

you have loved their bed; you have seen their genitals.g

And you climbed down to the king with oil,

and you made your perfumes numerous,

and you sent your envoys far away,h

and you sent down deepi to Sheol.

10 You grow weary by the greatness of your way,

but you did not say, ‘Despairing!’

You found the renewalj of your strength,k

therefore you do not grow weak.

11 And of whom were you afraid and feared, that you deceived

and did not remember me?

Did you not place it on your heart?

Have I not been silent, even from long ago,

and so you do not fear me?

12 I myself will declare your righteousness and your works,

butl they will not benefit you.

13 When you cry,m let your collection deliver you,

and the wind will carry all of them away;

a breath will take them away.

Butn he who takes refuge in me shall take possession of the land,

and he shall inherit my holy mountain.”o

Peace for the Contrite

14 And one shall say, “Build up, build up! Clear the way!

Remove the obstaclesp from the way of my people!”

15 For thus says the high and lofty one who resides forever, and whose name is holy:

“I reside in a high and holy place,

and with the contriteq and humble of spirit,

to revive the spirit of the humble,

and to revive the heart of the contrite.r

16 For I will not attack forever,

and I will not be angry forever,

for the spirit will grow faint before me,

and the breaths that I myself I have made.

17 I was angry because of his sin of gain, and I struck him;

I hid and I was angry, buts he walked apostate, in the wayst of his heart.

18 I have seen his ways, butu I will heal him;

and I will lead him and give him and his mourners comfort as a recompense,

19 creating fruit of lips.

Peace, peace to the far and near,” says Yahweh, “and I will heal him.

20 Butv the wicked are like the churning sea,

that is not able to keep quiet,

and its waters toss up mire and mud.

21 There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

True Fasts and Sabbaths

58 “Call with the throat; you must not keep back!

lift up your voice like a trumpet,

and declarea to my people their rebellion,

and to the house of Jacob their sins.

Yetb they seek me day by day,

and they desire the knowledge of my ways

like a nation that practicedc righteousness,

and had not forsaken the judgment of its God;

they ask me for righteous judgments,d

they desire the closeness of God.

‘Why do we fast, and you do not see it?

We humiliate our soul, and you do not notice it?’

Look! You find delight on the day of your fast,

and you oppress all your workers!

Look! You fast to quarrel and strife,

and to strike with a wicked fist.e

You shall not fast as you do today,f

to make your voice heardg on the height.

Is the fast I choose like this,

a day for humankind to humiliate himselfh?

To bow his head like a reed,

and makei his bed on sackcloth and ashes;

you call this a fast

and a day of pleasure to Yahweh?

Is this not the fast I choose: to release the bonds of injustice,

to untie the ropes of the yoke,

and to let the oppressed go free,

and tearj every yoke to pieces?

Is it not to break your bread for the hungry?

You must bring homek the poor, the homeless.

When you see the naked, you must cover him,

and you must not hide yourself from your relatives.l

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,

and your healing shall grow quickly.

And your salvation shall go before you;

the glory of Yahweh will be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and Yahweh himself will answer.

You shall cry for help, and he will say, ‘Here I am!’

If you remove from among you the yoke,

the finger-pointingm and evil speech,n

10 ifo you offer your soul to the hungry,

and you satisfy the appetite of the afflicted,

thenp your light shall rise in the darkness,

and your darkness will be like noon.

11 And Yahweh will lead you continually, and satisfy your soul in a barren land,

and he will strengthen your bones,

and you shall be like a well-watered garden,

and like a spring of water whose water does not fail.

12 And they shall rebuild ancient ruins from you;

you shall erect the foundations of many generations,q

and you shall be calledr the bricklayer of the breach,

the restorer of paths to live in.

13 If you hold your foot back from the Sabbath,

from doing your affairs on my holy day,s

ift you call the Sabbath a pleasure,

the holy day of Yahweh honorable,

ifu you honor him more thanv doing your ways,

than finding your affairsw and speaking a word,

14 then you shall take your pleasure inx Yahweh,

and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth,

and I will feed you the heritage of Jacob your ancestor,y

for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”

Rampant Transgression

59 Look! The hand of Yahweh is not too short to save,a

and his ear is not too dull to hear.b

Rather, your iniquities have been barriersc between you and your God,

and your sins have hidden his face from you, from hearing.

For your hands are defiled with blood,

and your fingers with iniquity.

Your lips have spoken lies,

your tongue speaks wickedness.

There is nobody who pleads withd justice,

and there is nobody who judges with honesty.

They rely on nothing

and speak vanity.

They conceive trouble

and beget iniquity;

they hatch viper eggs,

and they weave a spider web.

One who eats their eggs dies,

and that which is pressed is hatched as a serpent.

Their webs cannot become clothing,

and they cannot cover themselves with their works.

Their works are works of iniquity,

and deedse of violence are in their hands.

Their feet run to evil,

and they hasten to shed innocent blood.

Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;

devastation and destruction are in their highways.

They do not know the way of peace,

and there is no justice in their firm paths.

They have made their paths crooked for themselves;

everyone who walksf in it knows no peace.

Therefore justice is far from us,

and righteousness does not reach us.

We wait for light, butg look! there is darkness;

for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

10 We grope like the blind along a wall,

and we grope as withouth eyes.

We stumble at noon as in the twilight;

among the strong we are like the dead.

11 We all groan like bears,

and we coo mutteringly like doves.

We wait for justice, buti there is none;

for salvation, but it is far from us.

12 For our transgressions are numerous before you,

and our sins testifyj against us.

Indeed, our transgressions are with us,

and we know our iniquities:

13 transgressing and denying Yahweh,

and turning away from followingk our God;

speaking oppression and falsehood,

conceiving and uttering words of deception from the heart.

14 And justice is pushed back,

and righteousness stands afar;

for truth stumbles in the public square,

and straightforwardness is unable to enter,

15 and truth is …

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