Isaiah 56:3
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English Standard Version
Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”

King James Bible
Neither let the son of the stranger, that 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.

American Standard Version
Neither let the foreigner, that hath joined himself to Jehovah, speak, saying, Jehovah will surely separate me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And let not the son of the stranger, that adhereth to the Lord, speak, saying: The Lord will divide and separate me from his people. And let not the eunuch say: Behold I am a dry tree.

English Revised Version
Neither let the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD will surely separate me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither let the son of the stranger, that 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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This is set forth under a figure drawn from the rain and the snow. "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, till it has moistened the earth, and fertilized it, and made it green, and offered seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will my word be which goeth forth out of my mouth: it will not return to me fruitless, till it has accomplished that which I willed, and prosperously carried out that for which I sent it." The rain and snow come down from the sky, and return not thither till they have .... The perfects after אם כּי are all to be understood as such (Ewald, 356, a). Rain and snow return as vapour to the sky, but not without having first of all accomplished the purpose of their descent. And so with the word of Jehovah, which goeth forth out of His mouth (יצא, not יצא, Isaiah 45:23, because it is thought of as still going on in the preaching of the prophet): it will not return without having effected its object, i.e., without having accomplished what was Jehovah's counsel, or "good pleasure" - without having attained the end for which it was sent by Jehovah (constr. as in 2 Samuel 11:22; 1 Kings 14:6). The word is represented in other places as the messenger of God (Isaiah 9:8; Psalm 107:20; Psalm 147:15.). The personification presupposes that it is not a mere sound or letter. As it goeth forth out of the mouth of God it acquires shape, and in this shape is hidden a divine life, because of its divine origin; and so it runs, with life from God, endowed with divine power, supplied with divine commissions, like a swift messenger through nature and the world of man, there to melt the ice, as it were, and here to heal and to save; and does not return from its course till it has given effect to the will of the sender. This return of the word to God also presupposes its divine nature. The will of God, which becomes concrete and audible in the word, is the utterance of His nature, and is resolved into that nature again as soon as it is fulfilled. The figures chosen are rich in analogies. As snow and rain are the mediating causes of growth, and therefore the enjoyment of what is reaped; so is the soil of the human heart softened, refreshed, and rendered productive or prolific by the word out of the mouth of Jehovah; and this word furnishes the prophet, who resembles the sower, with the seed which he scatters, and brings with it bread which feeds the souls: for every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is bread (Deuteronomy 8:3).

Isaiah 56:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the son

Numbers 18:4,7 And they shall be joined to you, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle...

Deuteronomy 23:1-3 He that is wounded in the stones, or has his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD...

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities...

Matthew 8:10,11 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Truly I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no...

Acts 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians...

Acts 10:1,2,34 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band...

Acts 13:47,48 For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set you to be a light of the Gentiles...

Acts 17:4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude...

Acts 18:7 And he departed there, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God...

Romans 2:10,11 But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile...

Romans 16:9-12,16 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved...

Ephesians 2:12,22 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise...

1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

joined

Jeremiah 50:5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come...

Zephaniah 2:11 The LORD will be terrible to them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place...

1 Corinthians 6:17 But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

the Lord hath

Matthew 15:26,27 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs...

Luke 7:6-8 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, Lord...

neither

Isaiah 56:5 Even to them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters...

Isaiah 39:7 And of your sons that shall issue from you, which you shall beget, shall they take away...

Jeremiah 38:7-13 Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon...

Jeremiah 39:16,17 Go and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold...

Daniel 1:3 And the king spoke to Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel...

Matthew 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men...

Acts 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians...

Cross References
Acts 8:27
And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship

Leviticus 21:20
or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles.

Deuteronomy 23:1
"No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 6:32
"Likewise, when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a far country for the sake of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm, when he comes and prays toward this house,

Isaiah 14:1
For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.

Isaiah 56:6
"And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant--

Jeremiah 38:7
When Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a eunuch who was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern--the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate--

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