Isa 56:1
56:1 Thus saith the LORD, {a} Keep ye judgment, and do justice:
     for my salvation [is] near to come, and my {b}
     righteousness to be revealed.

     (a) God shows what he requires of them after he has
         delivered them: that is, the works of charity by which
         true faith is declared.
     (b) Which I will declare toward you, and pour into your
         hearts by my Spirit.

Isa 56:2
56:2 Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the son of man
     [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the {c} sabbath from
     profaning it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

     (c) Under the Sabbath he comprehends the whole service of
         God and true religion.

Isa 56:3
56:3 Neither let the son of the foreigner, that {d} 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.

     (d) Let 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.

Isa 56:5
56:5 Even to them will I give in my {e} house and within my
     walls a place and a {f} name better than of sons and of
     daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall
     not be cut off.

     (e) Meaning, in his Church.
     (f) They 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.

Isa 56:7
56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them
     joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt {g} offerings and
     their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon my altar; for my
     house shall be called an house of prayer for {h} all

     (g) By 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.
     (h) Not only for the Jews, but for all others,
         @Mt 21:13.

Isa 56:9
56:9 All ye {i} beasts of the field, come to devour, [yea], all
     ye beasts in the forest.

     (i) Meaning, 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.

Isa 56:10
56:10 His {k} watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they
      [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying
      down, loving to slumber.

      (k) He 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.

Isa 56:12
56:12 Come ye, [say they], I will bring wine, and we will fill
      ourselves with strong drink; and to {l} morrow shall be as
      this day, [and] much more abundant.

      (l) We 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

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