The Covenant Extended to All Who Obey
56Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right,for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
2 Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast,who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil.
3 Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say, The Lord will surely separate me from his people;and do not let the eunuch say, I am just a dry tree.4 For thus says the Lord:To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant,5 I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters;I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.
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,all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer;their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar;for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.8 Thus says the Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel,I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. (This is a wilderness road.)27So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship28and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.29Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go over to this chariot and join it.30So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, Do you understand what you are reading?31He replied, How can I, unless someone guides me? And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.32Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.34The eunuch asked Philip, About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?35Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.36As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized? 38He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.