When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you,1 this trampling of my courts?
Stop bringing meaningless offerings!2 Your incense3 is detestable4 to me. New Moons,5 Sabbaths and convocations6-- I cannot bear your evil assemblies.
Your New Moon7 festivals and your appointed feasts8 my soul hates.9 They have become a burden to me;10 I am weary11 of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands12 in prayer, I will hide13 my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen.14 Your hands15 are full of blood;1616
wash17 and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight!18 Stop doing wrong,1917
learn to do right!20 Seek justice,21 encourage the oppressed.a22 Defend the cause of the fatherless,23 plead the case of the widow.2418
"Come now, let us reason together,"25 says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;26 though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.2719
If you are willing and obedient,28 you will eat the best from the land;2920
but if you resist and rebel,30 you will be devoured by the sword."31 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.3221
See how the faithful city has become a harlot!33 She once was full of justice; righteousness34 used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!3522
Your silver has become dross,36 your choice wine is diluted with water.