603-588 B.C.

Isaiah 56)

1 Thus says the Lord, "Keep you all judgment, and do righteousness:

for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the mortal man that does this, and the son of mankind that lays hold on it (this righteousness...this salvation. Both Fem.); that keeps the sabbath from polluting it (see Ex. 20:8-11), and keeps his hand from doing any evil.

3 Neither let the son of the foreigner (see Prov.5:3), that has joined himself to the Lord, think, saying, 'The Lord has utterly separated me from His People:' neither let the eunuch say, 'Behold, I am a dry tree.'

4 "For" thus says the Lord "to the eunuchs that keep My sabbaths, and choose the things that please Me (see 1:29), and take hold of My covenant;
5 Even to them will I give in My house and within My walls a place (or, trophy. Heb. hand) 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 Yehovah, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, every one that keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of My covenant;
7 Even them will I bring into My set apart mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices for acceptance upon My altar; for My house shall be called an house of prayer for all peoples." (quoted in Matt. 21:13. Mark 11:17. Luke 19:46. Contrast "your house" [Matt. 23:28])
8 The Lord GOD, Which gathers the outcasts of Israel says, "Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered to him."

56:9 - 58:14. The Call to Israel's Enemies.

H  A  56:9. Call to devour.
    B  56:10 - 57:21. Contrasted characters.
   A  58:1. Call to cry aloud.
    B  58:2-14. Contrasted conduct.

9 All you beasts of the field (see 55:12), come to devour, yes, all you beasts in the forest.

56:10 - 57:21. Contrasted Characters.

B  C  56:10-12. The wicked.
    D  57:1. The righteous.
     E  57:2. Peace.
   C  57:3-13-. The wicked.
    D  57:-13-18. The righteous.
     E  57:19-21. Peace.

10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dozing (or, dreaming), lying down, loving to slumber.
11 Yes, they are greedy (= strong of steel = strong of appetite: i.e., as well rendered, "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 you all,” say they, “I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.”

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