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11 What unto me is the multitude of your sacrifices? saith Jehovah: I have had enough of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. 12 When ye come [a]to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to trample my courts? 13 Bring no more [b]vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; new moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies,—[c]I cannot away with iniquity and the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth; they are a [d]trouble unto me; I am weary of bearing them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 learn to do well; seek justice, [e]relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 1:12 Or, as otherwise read, to see my face
  2. Isaiah 1:13 Hebrew an oblation of vanity.
  3. Isaiah 1:13 Or, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting
  4. Isaiah 1:14 Or, cumbrance
  5. Isaiah 1:17 Or, set right the oppressor

11 (A)What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?”
Says the Lord.
“I [a]have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle;
And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.
12 “When you come (B)to appear before Me,
Who requires [b]of you this trampling of My courts?
13 “Bring your worthless offerings no longer,
(C)Incense is an abomination to Me.
(D)New moon and sabbath, the (E)calling of assemblies—
I cannot (F)endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.
14 “I hate your new moon festivals and your (G)appointed feasts,
They have become a burden to Me;
I am (H)weary of bearing them.
15 “So when you (I)spread out your hands in prayer,
(J)I will hide My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you (K)multiply prayers,
I will not listen.
(L)Your hands are [c]covered with blood.

16 (M)Wash yourselves, (N)make yourselves clean;
(O)Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
(P)Cease to do evil,
17 Learn to do good;
(Q)Seek justice,
Reprove the ruthless,
[d](R)Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.

“Let Us Reason”

18 “Come now, and (S)let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
(T)Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
19 (U)If you consent and obey,
You will (V)eat the best of the land;
20 “But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be (W)devoured by the sword.”
Truly, (X)the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 1:11 Or am sated with
  2. Isaiah 1:12 Lit of your hand
  3. Isaiah 1:15 Lit full of
  4. Isaiah 1:17 Or Vindicate the fatherless