Isaiah 1:11-21 NIV

11 "The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals;1 I have no pleasure2 in the blood of bulls3 and lambs and goats.4

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12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you,5 this trampling of my courts?

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13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!6 Your incense7 is detestable8 to me. New Moons,9 Sabbaths and convocations10-- I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

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14 Your New Moon11 festivals and your appointed feasts12 my soul hates.13 They have become a burden to me;14 I am weary15 of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands16 in prayer, I will hide17 my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen.18 Your hands19 are full of blood;20

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16 wash21 and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight!22 Stop doing wrong,23

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17 learn to do right!24 Seek justice,25 encourage the oppressed.a26 Defend the cause of the fatherless,27 plead the case of the widow.28

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    • a 1:17 - Or "/ rebuke the oppressor"
      18 "Come now, let us reason together,"29 says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;30 though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.31

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      19 If you are willing and obedient,32 you will eat the best from the land;33

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      20 but if you resist and rebel,34 you will be devoured by the sword."35 For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.36

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      21 See how the faithful city has become a harlot!37 She once was full of justice; righteousness38 used to dwell in her-- but now murderers!39

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