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Isaiah 56:6

    Isaiah 56:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, 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;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Also the foreigners that join themselves to Jehovah, to minister unto him, and to love the name of Jehovah, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and holdeth fast my covenant;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And as for those from a strange country, who are joined to the Lord, to give worship to him and honour to his name, to be his servants, even everyone who keeps the Sabbath holy, and keeps his agreement with me:

    Webster's Revision

    Also the foreigners that join themselves to Jehovah, to minister unto him, and to love the name of Jehovah, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and holdeth fast my covenant;

    World English Bible

    Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Also the strangers, that join themselves to the LORD, to minister unto him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and holdeth fast by my covenant;

    Definitions for Isaiah 56:6

    Sabbath - A rest; cessation from work.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 56:6

    The sons of the stranger - The Gentiles.

    That join themselves to the Lord - Who shall enter into the Christian covenant by baptism and faith in Christ, as the Jews and proselytes did by circumcision.

    To serve him - To live according to the Gospel, and ever do that which is right in the sight of the Lord.

    To love the name of the Lord - The name of Jesus, the Christ, the Savior of sinners, the Anointed of God, and the Giver of the Holy Spirit to his followers.

    To be his servants - To worship no other God but Jehovah, and to trust in none for salvation but his Christ.

    That keepeth the Sabbath - That observes it as a type of the rest that remains for the people of God.

    And taketh hold of my covenant - בבריתי biberithi, "of my covenant sacrifice;" as without this he can do nothing good; and without it nothing can be acceptable to the infinite majesty of the Most High.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 56:6

    Also the sons of the stranger - (see the note at Isaiah 56:3). The conditions on which they should be admitted to the same privileges are specified, and are the following:

    1. They were to 'join themselves to the Lord' (see the note at Isaiah 56:3).

    2. This should be with a purpose to 'serve him.' Their aim and design should be to keep his commandments and to do his will.

    3. They were to 'love the name of the Lord;' that is, to love Yahweh himself, for the 'name' of the Lord is often used as denoting the Lord himself.

    4. They were to keep his sabbaths (see the notes at Isaiah 56:4).

    5. They were to take hold of his covenant (see the notes at Isaiah 56:4).

    On these conditions the sons of the foreigner were to be admitted to all the privileges of the children of God, and to be united with all who love and serve him.