Bible: Isaiah 56:6-12

56:6 As for foreigners who become followers of 1  the Lord and serve him,

who love the name of the Lord and want to be his servants

all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it,

and who are faithful to 2  my covenant

56:7 I will bring them to my holy mountain;

I will make them happy in the temple where people pray to me. 3 

Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar,

for my temple will be known as a temple where all nations may pray.” 4 

56:8 The sovereign Lord says this,

the one who gathers the dispersed of Israel:

“I will still gather them up.” 5 

The Lord Denounces Israel’s Paganism

56:9 All you wild animals in the fields, come and devour,

all you wild animals in the forest!

56:10 All their watchmen 6  are blind,

they are unaware. 7 

All of them are like mute dogs,

unable to bark.

They pant, 8  lie down,

and love to snooze.

56:11 The dogs have big appetites;

they are never full. 9 

They are shepherds who have no understanding;

they all go their own way,

each one looking for monetary gain. 10 

56:12 Each one says, 11 

‘Come on, I’ll get some wine!

Let’s guzzle some beer!

Tomorrow will be just like today!

We’ll have everything we want!’ 12 

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