You do not delight in sacrifice and offering;
you open my ears to listen.[a]
You do not ask for a whole burnt offering or a sin offering.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 40:6 Lit you hollow out ears for me

11 “What are all your sacrifices to me?”
asks the Lord.
“I have had enough of burnt offerings and rams
and the fat of well-fed cattle;
I have no desire for the blood of bulls,
lambs, or male goats.(A)

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23 You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings
or honored me with your sacrifices.(A)
I have not burdened you with offerings
or wearied you with incense.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 43:23 I.e., with demands for offerings and incense

One person slaughters an ox, another kills a person;
one person sacrifices a lamb, another breaks a dog’s neck;
one person offers a grain offering, another offers pig’s blood;
one person offers incense, another praises an idol—
all these have chosen their ways
and delight in their abhorrent practices.(A)

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They will not pour out
their wine offerings to the Lord,(A)
and their sacrifices will not please him.
Their food will be like the bread of mourners;
all who eat it become defiled.(B)
For their bread will be for their appetites alone;
it will not enter the house of the Lord.

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21 I hate, I despise, your feasts!(A)
I can’t stand the stench
of your solemn assemblies.(B)

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What should I bring before the Lord(A)
when I come to bow before God on high?
Should I come before him with burnt offerings,(B)
with year-old calves?

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10 “I wish one of you would shut the temple doors,(A) so that you would no longer kindle a useless fire on my altar!(B) I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord of Armies, “and I will accept(C) no offering from your hands.(D)

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