the people I formed1 for myself2 that they may proclaim my praise.322
"Yet you have not called on me, Jacob, you have not wearied4 yourselves fora me, Israel.523
You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,6 nor honored7 me with your sacrifices.8 I have not burdened9 you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands10 for incense.1124
You have not bought any fragrant calamus12 for me, or lavished on me the fat13 of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied14 me with your offenses.1525
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions,16 for my own sake,17 and remembers your sins18 no more.1926
Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together;20 state the case21 for your innocence.
Your first father22 sinned; those I sent to teach23 you rebelled24 against me.
So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple; I consigned Jacob to destructionb25 and Israel to scorn.26