56 This is what the Lord says:
and do what is right,d
for my salvatione is close at hand
and my righteousnessf will soon be revealed.
2 Blessedg is the one who does this—
the person who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbathh without desecrating it,
and keeps their hands from doing any evil.”
3 Let no foreigneri who is bound to the Lord say,
“The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”j
And let no eunuchk complain,
“I am only a dry tree.”
4 For this is what the Lord says:
“To the eunuchsl who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me
and hold fast to my covenantm—
5 to them I will give within my temple and its wallsn
a memorialo and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting namep
that will endure forever.q
6 And foreignersr who bind themselves to the Lord
to ministers to him,
to love the namet of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbathu without desecrating it
and who hold fast to my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy mountainv
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrificesw
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.x”y
8 The Sovereign Lord declares—
he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gatherz still others to them
besides those already gathered.”
God’s Accusation Against the Wicked
9 Come, all you beasts of the field,a
come and devour, all you beasts of the forest!
10 Israel’s watchmenb are blind,
they all lack knowledge;c
they are all mute dogs,
they cannot bark;
they lie around and dream,
they love to sleep.d
11 They are dogs with mighty appetites;
they never have enough.
They are shepherdse who lack understanding;f
they all turn to their own way,g
they seek their own gain.h
12 “Come,” each one cries, “let me get wine!i
Let us drink our fill of beer!
And tomorrow will be like today,
or even far better.”j
About The New International Version
The NIV is the world’s most read and trusted contemporary English Bible translation. It follows the principle of "dynamic equivalence" to ensure crystal clear understandable English. The NIV is the most readable English Bible ever produced.
Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 Biblica, Inc.™
Used by Permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“New International Version” and “NIV” are registered trademarks of Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission.
The NIV® text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without the express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.
Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page as follows:
“Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.”
The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
When quotations from the NIV® text are used by a local church in non-saleable media such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, overhead transparencies, or similar materials, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (NIV®) must appear at the end of each quotation.
Any commentary or other biblical reference work produced for commercial sale, that uses the NIV® text must obtain written permission for use of the NIV® text.
Permission requests for commercial use within the USA and Canada that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by The Zondervan Corporation, 5300 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530, USA. www.Zondervan.com
Permission requests for commercial use within the UK, EU and EFTA that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, United Kingdom. www.Hodder.co.uk
Permission requests for non-commercial use that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Biblica US, Inc., 1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA. www.Biblica.com
Any Internet addresses (websites, blogs, etc.) and telephone numbers printed in this Bible are offered as a resource. They are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement by Zondervan, nor does Zondervan vouch for the content of these sites and numbers for the life of the Bible.