56 This is what the Lord says:
Preserve justice and do what is right,a
for my salvation is coming soon,
and my righteousness will be revealed.b
the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
and keeps his hand from doing any evil.c
“The Lord will exclude me from his people,”d
and the eunuch should not say,
“Look, I am a dried-up tree.”e
“For the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
and choose what pleases me,
and hold firmly to my covenant,
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters.
I will give each of them an everlasting name
that will never be cut off.f
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to become his servants—
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold firmly to my covenant—
7 I will bring them to my holy mountaing
and let them rejoice in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,h
for my house will be called a house of prayer
for all nations.”i
who gathers the dispersed of Israel:
“I will gather to them still others
besides those already gathered.”j
9 All you animals of the field and forest,
come and eat!
10 Israel’sA watchmen are blind, all of them,
they know nothing;
all of them are mute dogs,
they cannot bark;
they dream, lie down,
and love to sleep.
they never have enough.
And they are shepherds
who have no discernment;
all of them turn to their own way,
every last one for his own profit.k
let’s guzzle some beer;
and tomorrow will be like today,
only far better!”l
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