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Isaías 56

1 Thus saith the LORD,God shows what he requires of them after he has delivered them: that is, the works of charity by which true faith is declared.Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation [is] near to come, and myWhich I will declare toward you, and pour into your hearts by my Spirit.righteousness to be revealed.

2 Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the son of man [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth theUnder the Sabbath he comprehends the whole service of God and true religion.sabbath from profaning it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

3 Neither let the son of the foreigner, thatLet no one think himself unfit to receive the graces of the Lord: for the Lord will take away all impediments, and will forsake no one who will keep his true religion, and believe in him.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 vnto the Eunuches, that keepe my Sabbaths, and chuse the thing that pleaseth me, and take holde of my couenant,

5 Even to them will I give in myMeaning, in his Church.house and within my walls a place and aThey will be called after my people, and be of the same religion: yea, under Christ the dignity of the faithful will be greater than the Jews were at that time.name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

6 Also the strangers that cleaue vnto the Lord, to serue him, and to loue the Name of the Lord, and to be his seruants: euery one that keepeth the Sabbath, and polluteth it not and imbraceth my couenant,

7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burntBy this he means the spiritual service of God, to whom the faithful offer continual thanksgiving, yea themselves and all that they have, as a lively and acceptable sacrifice.offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called an house of prayer forNot only for the Jews, but for all others, (Mat_21:13).all people.

8 The Lord God sayth, which gathereth the scattered of Israel, Yet wil I gather to them those that are to be gathered to them.

9 All yeMeaning, the enemies of the Church, as the Babylonians, Assyrians, etc thus he speaks to scare the hypocrites and to assure the faithful that when this comes they may know it was told to them before.beasts of the field, come to devour, [yea], all ye beasts in the forest.

10 HisHe shows that this affliction will come through the fault of the governors, prophets and pastors, whose ignorance, negligence, greed and obstinacy provoked God's wrath against them.watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

11 And these griedy dogs can neuer haue ynough: and these shepheards cannot vnderstand: for they all looke to their owne way, euery one for his aduantage, and for his owne purpose.

12 Come ye, [say they], I will bring wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and toWe are well yet, and to morrow will be better: therefore let us not fear the plagues before they come: thus the wicked contemned the admonition and exhortations which were made to them in the Name of God.morrow shall be as this day, [and] much more abundant.

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