11 (A)What are your many sacrifices to Me?”
Says the Lord.
“I [a]have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fattened 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 courtyards?
13 Do not go on bringing your worthless offerings,
(C)Incense is an abomination to Me.
(D)New moon and Sabbath, the (E)proclamation of an assembly—
I cannot (F)endure wrongdoing and the festive assembly.
14 [c]I hate your new moon festivals and your (G)appointed feasts,
They have become a burden to Me;
I am (H)tired 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)offer many prayers,
I will not be listening.
(L)Your hands are [d]covered with blood.

16 (M)Wash yourselves, (N)make yourselves clean;
(O)Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
(P)Stop doing evil,
17 Learn to do good;
(Q)Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor,
(R)Obtain justice for the orphan,
Plead for the widow’s case.

Invitation to Debate

18 “Come now, and (S)let us [e]debate your case,”
Says the Lord,
(T)Though your sins are as scarlet,
They shall become as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be like wool.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 1:11 Or am sated with
  2. Isaiah 1:12 Lit of your hand
  3. Isaiah 1:14 Lit My soul hates
  4. Isaiah 1:15 Lit full of
  5. Isaiah 1:18 Or argue