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Justice, Not Hypocritical Worship

10 Hear the word of Yahweh:[a]
    “You leaders of Sodom, heed the correction[b] of our God!
    People of Gomorrah, you’d better listen to his rebuke.”
11 And Yahweh keeps saying:
    “Why such countless sacrifices—what use are they to me?
    I’ve had my fill of your burnt offerings of rams
    and your fattened animals.[c]
    I find no delight in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats!
12 When you come before my face,
    who asked you to come trampling on my courtyards?

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 1:10 Isaiah uses this command twenty-three times in this book.
  2. Isaiah 1:10 Although the Hebrew uses the word torah (“law, instruction”), it is used in the context to mean “correction or rebuke.”
  3. Isaiah 1:11 Outward sacrifices are empty if there is no inward reality (Ps. 51:16-17; Mic. 6:6-8; Matt. 23:23). God cannot be bought. He looks at the heart and requires offerings given in holiness and truth. The sacrifice of a fattened animal is an outward picture of what God wants to do inside of us. He wants to kill that “fattened” part of us that is stuffed only with the letter of the Word but not the humility taught by the Word (Deut. 8:2-3; 2 Chron. 7:14; Isa. 66:2; James 1:21).

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