Amos 5:21

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.

Read Amos 5:21 Using Other Translations

I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
"I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
“I hate all your show and pretense— the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.

What does Amos 5:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Amos 5:21

I hate, I despise your feast days
Kimchi thinks this is said, and what follows, with respect to the kingdom of the house of Judah, which kept the feast the Lord commanded; but it is not necessary so to understand it; for doubtless the ten tribes imitated the worship at Jerusalem, and kept the feasts as the Jews did there, in the observance of which they trusted; but the Lord rejects their vain confidence, and lets them know that these were no ways acceptable to him; and were so far from atoning for their sins, that they were hated, abhorred, and despised by him, being observed in such a manner and with such a view as they were; and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies;
a sweet savour of rest, as in ( Genesis 8:21 ) ; take no pleasure in their duties and services performed, in their solemn assemblies convened together for religious purposes, nor accept of them; but, on the contrary, dislike and abhor them; see ( Isaiah 1:11-14 ) .

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