A House of Prayer for All
1This is what the Lord says:
Preserve justice and do what is right,56:1 Gn 18:19; Ps 106:3; Pr 21:3
for my salvation is coming soon,
and my righteousness will be revealed.56:1 Ps 98:2; Is 46:13; 51:5; Rm 1:17; 3:21
2Happy is the person who does this,
the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
and keeps his hand from doing any evil.56:2 Is 58:13

3No foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord
should say,
“The Lord will exclude me from his people,”56:3 Is 14:1; 56:6
and the eunuch should not say,
“Look, I am a dried-up tree.”56:3 Dt 23:1
4For the Lord says this:
“For the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
and choose what pleases me,
and hold firmly to my covenant,
5I will give them, in my house and within my walls,
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.56:5 Is 55:13; Rv 2:17
6As for the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord
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 —
7I will bring them to my holy mountain56:7 Is 2:2–3
and let them rejoice in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,56:7 Mal 1:11
for my house will be called a house of prayer
for all nations.”56:7 Jr 7:11; Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17; Lk 19:46
8This is the declaration of the Lord God,
who gathers the dispersed of Israel:
“I will gather to them still others
besides those already gathered.”56:8 Is 11:12; 60:3–11; 66:18–21; Jn 10:16
Unrighteous Leaders Condemned
9All you animals of the field and forest,
come and eat!
10Israel’s56:10 Or His, or Its watchmen56:10 Ezk 3:17–18; 33:1–6 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.
11These dogs have fierce appetites;
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.56:11 Jr 10:21; 23:1; 50:6; Ezk 34:2
12“Come, let me get some wine,
let’s guzzle some beer;
and tomorrow will be like today,
only far better!” 56:12 Lk 12:19; 1Co 15:32