56 Thus says Yahweh:
and do righteousness,
for my salvation is close to coming,
and my justice to being revealed.
and the son of humankind who keeps hold of it,
who keeps the Sabbath ⌊so as not to profane⌋a it,
and who keeps his hand from doing anyb evil.”
3 And do not let the ⌊foreigner⌋c 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!”
and choose that in which I delight,
and who keep hold of my covenant.
better than sons and daughters;
I will give him an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.
6 And the ⌊foreigners⌋d 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 profane⌋e it,
and those who keep hold of my covenant,
7 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 accepted⌋g on my altar,
for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,”
9 All wild animals in the field, come,
to devour,k all wild animals in the forest!
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
and let us carouse with intoxicating drink,
and tomorrow will be like today,
⌊very great indeed⌋.”p
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.
they will rest on their beds,
walking straight ahead of him.
3 “Butb you, come near here, you children of a soothsayer,
offspring of an adulterer and she who commits fornication.
Are you not children of transgression,
offspring of deception,
under every leafy tree,
who slaughter children in the valleys,
under the clefts of the rocks?
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?
indeed, you went up there to slaughter sacrifice.
for you departe from me, and you go up;
you make your bed wide, and you ⌊make a deal with⌋f them,
you have loved their bed; you have seen their ⌊genitals⌋.g
and you made your perfumes numerous,
and you sent your envoys ⌊far away⌋,h
and you ⌊sent down deep⌋i to Sheol.
but you did not say, ‘Despairing!’
therefore you do not grow weak.
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?
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
14 And one shall say, “Build up, build up! Clear the way!
Remove the obstaclesp from the way of my people!”
“I reside in a high and holy place,
and with the ⌊contrite⌋q and humble of spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart of the ⌊contrite⌋.r
and I will not be angry forever,
for the spirit will grow faint before me,
and the breaths that I myself I have made.
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,
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.
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.
2 Yetb they seek me day by day,
and they desire the knowledge of my ways
like a nation that ⌊practiced⌋c righteousness,
and had not forsaken the judgment of its God;
they ask me for ⌊righteous judgments⌋,d
they desire the closeness of God.
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!
and to strike with a ⌊wicked fist⌋.e
You shall not fast as you do ⌊today⌋,f
to ⌊make your voice heard⌋g on the height.
a day for humankind to humiliate ⌊himself⌋h?
To bow his head like a reed,
and ⌊make⌋i his bed on sackcloth and ashes;
you call this a fast
and a day of pleasure to Yahweh?
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
and to let the oppressed go free,
and ⌊tear⌋j every yoke to pieces?
You must bring ⌊home⌋k the poor, the homeless.
When you see the naked, you must cover him,
and you must not hide yourself from your ⌊relatives⌋.l
and your healing shall grow quickly.
And your salvation shall go before you;
the glory of Yahweh will be your rear guard.
You shall cry for help, and he will say, ‘Here I am!’
If you remove from among you the yoke,
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.
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.
you shall erect the foundations of ⌊many generations,⌋q
and ⌊you shall be called⌋r the bricklayer of the breach,
the restorer of paths to live in.
from doing your affairs on ⌊my holy day⌋,s
ift you call the Sabbath a pleasure,
the holy day of Yahweh honorable,
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.”
59 Look! The hand of Yahweh is not too short ⌊to save⌋,a
and his ear is not too dull ⌊to hear⌋.b
2 Rather, your iniquities have been ⌊barriers⌋c between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you, from hearing.
and your fingers with iniquity.
Your lips have spoken lies,
your tongue speaks wickedness.
4 There is nobody ⌊who pleads with⌋d justice,
and there is nobody who judges with honesty.
They rely on nothing
and speak vanity.
They conceive trouble
and beget iniquity;
and they weave a spider web.
One who eats their eggs dies,
and that which is pressed is hatched as a serpent.
and they cannot cover themselves with their works.
Their works are works of iniquity,
and deedse of violence are in their hands.
and they hasten to shed innocent blood.
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
devastation and destruction are in their highways.
and there is no justice in their firm paths.
They have made their paths crooked for themselves;
everyone ⌊who walks⌋f in it knows no peace.
and righteousness does not reach us.
We wait for light, butg look! there is darkness;
for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
and we grope ⌊as without⌋h eyes.
We stumble at noon as in the twilight;
among the strong we are like the dead.
and we coo mutteringly like doves.
We wait for justice, buti there is none;
for salvation, but it is far from us.
and our sins ⌊testify⌋j against us.
Indeed, our transgressions are with us,
and we know our iniquities:
and turning ⌊away from following⌋k our God;
speaking oppression and falsehood,
conceiving and uttering words of deception from the heart.
and righteousness stands afar;
for truth stumbles in the public square,
and straightforwardness is unable to enter,
Literally “from profaning”
Literally “son of the foreign country”
Literally “sons of the foreign country”
Literally “from profaning”
Literally “the mountain of my holiness”
Literally “for acceptance”
Literally “declaration of”
Literally “are strong of soul”
Literally “do not know satiation”
Literally “from his end “
Literally “make long”
The reading tradition (Qere) has “uncover,” which makes no sense in context, but with different vowels it would be “depart”
Literally “cut off for yourself from”
Literally “to from far”
Literally “hand;” compare the “hand” in verse 8
Literally “your crying”
Literally “mountain of holiness “
Literally “judgments of righteousness”
Literally “fist of wickedness”
Literally “the day”
Literally “cause to hear your voice”
Literally “his soul”
Literally “he makes”
Literally “you must tear”
Literally “a house”
Literally “stretching out of the finger”
Literally “the speaking of evil”
Literally “generation and generation”
Literally “shall be called to you”
Literally “the day of my holiness”
Literally “from saving”
Literally “from hearing”
Literally “calling in”
Literally “like there are no”
Literally “back from behind”