Isaiah 56:2
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New International Version
Blessed is the one who does this-- the person who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps their hands from doing any evil."

King James Bible
Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that holdeth fast to it; that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

World English Bible
Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast; who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil."

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of a man who doth this, And of a son of man who keepeth hold on it, Keeping the sabbath from polluting it, And keeping his hand from doing any evil.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it - Kimchi has an excellent note here. "The Sabbath is sanctified when it is distinguished in dignity; and separated from other days.

1. As to the body, in meat, drink, and clean clothing.

2. As to the soul, that it be empty of worldly occupations, and be busily employed in the words of the law and wisdom, and in meditation on the works of the Lord."

The rabbins say, "Jerusalem had never been destroyed, had not the Sabbaths been profaned in it."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

blessed

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners...

Psalm 15:1-5 Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle? who shall dwell in your holy hill...

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness at all times.

Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in his commandments.

Psalm 119:1-5 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD...

Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways.

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Luke 12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing.

John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life...

layeth

Isaiah 56:4 For thus said the LORD to the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not your hand...

keepeth the

Isaiah 58:13 If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight...

Exodus 31:13-16 Speak you also to the children of Israel, saying, Truly my sabbaths you shall keep...

Leviticus 19:30 You shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

Nehemiah 13:17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, What evil thing is this that you do, and profane the sabbath day?

Jeremiah 17:21,22 Thus said the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem...

Ezekiel 20:12,20 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them...

keepeth his

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more.

Psalm 119:102 I have not departed from your judgments: for you have taught me.

Proverbs 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

Proverbs 16:6,17 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil...

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold to that which is good.

Library
We Sure of To-Morrow? a New Year's Sermon
'To-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.'--ISAIAH lvi. 12. These words, as they stand, are the call of boon companions to new revelry. They are part of the prophet's picture of a corrupt age when the men of influence and position had thrown away their sense of duty, and had given themselves over, as aristocracies and plutocracies are ever tempted to do, to mere luxury and good living. They are summoning one another to their coarse orgies. The roystering speaker says, 'Do not be afraid
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The House of Prayer. --Isaiah Lvi. 7
The House of Prayer.--Isaiah lvi. 7. "My House shall be an House of Prayer For all that live, to worship there:" Thus saith the Lord:--how answer we? "Thine House, our House of Prayer shall be." "Wherever I my Name record, There will I meet Thee," saith the Lord; Thee in Thine House of Prayer we meet; Now bless us from the Mercy-seat. Thus spake the Lord--"My Son, to Thee Swear every tongue, bow every knee:" Father, by us Thy will be done, We bow the knee and "Kiss the Son." His throne and kingdom
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns

"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin; but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
Rom. viii. 10.--"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." God's presence is his working. His presence in a soul by his Spirit is his working in such a soul in some special manner, not common to all men, but peculiar to them whom he hath chosen. Now his dwelling is nothing else but a continued, familiar and endless working in a soul, till he hath conformed all within to the image of his Son. The soul is the office house, or workhouse,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Covenanting Confers Obligation.
As it has been shown that all duty, and that alone, ought to be vowed to God in covenant, it is manifest that what is lawfully engaged to in swearing by the name of God is enjoined in the moral law, and, because of the authority of that law, ought to be performed as a duty. But it is now to be proved that what is promised to God by vow or oath, ought to be performed also because of the act of Covenanting. The performance of that exercise is commanded, and the same law which enjoins that the duties
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting

Cross References
Exodus 20:8
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

Exodus 31:13
"Say to the Israelites, 'You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.

Psalm 112:1
Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.

Psalm 119:1
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.

Psalm 119:2
Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart--

Isaiah 56:4
For this is what the LORD says: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant--

Isaiah 56:6
And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant--

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