Isaiah 1:13

13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations— I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.

Isaiah 1:13 in Other Translations

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations-- I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
13 Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting— they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings.
13 "Quit your worship charades. I can't stand your trivial religious games: Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings - meetings, meetings, meetings - I can't stand one more!
13 Stop bringing useless offerings. I despise [your] incense. New Moons and Sabbaths, and the calling of solemn assemblies- I cannot stand iniquity with a festival.

Isaiah 1:13 Meaning and Commentary

Isaiah 1:13

Bring no more vain oblations
As all such were, which were offered up without faith in Christ, in hypocrisy, and with dependence on them for pardon and atonement, and particularly when put an end to by the sacrifice of Christ; see ( Matthew 15:9 ) . The Targum renders it, "an oblation of robbery"; see ( Isaiah 60:8 ) incense is an abomination to me;
instead of being of a sweet smell. This was burnt on the altar of incense, and put upon the sacrifices, ( Exodus 30:1 Exodus 30:7 Exodus 30:8 ) ( Leviticus 2:1 ) was typical of prayer, ( Psalms 141:2 ) ( Revelation 8:3 ) but now under the Gospel dispensation to be disused, and so disagreeable to God, that it is as if an idol was blessed, ( Isaiah 66:3 ) the new moons;
the feasts kept on the first day of the month, at the appearance of the moon: and sabbaths;
observed every seventh day, every seventh year, and every seven times seventh year: the calling of assemblies;
or "the new moon and sabbath, do not call a congregation". These assemblies called were the holy convocations on the seventh day sabbath, at the feasts of passover, pentecost, and tabernacles, at the blowing of the trumpets, and on the day of atonement, ( Leviticus 23:3 ) &c. ( Numbers 28:26 ) ( Numbers 29:1 Numbers 29:7 Numbers 29:12 ) . The words, I cannot away with
or "bear", may be joined with the following word, "iniquity"; and the meaning is, that the Lord could not bear the iniquity that was in their hearts when they had their solemn assemblies and holy convocations: [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting:
or cessation from work on any of the above festivals; particularly the feast of weeks, or pentecost, was called (true) , "Atzareth", by the Jews F7, the same word with this here F8.


F7 Misn. Chagiga, c. 2. sect. 4.
F8 The whole verse, agreeably to the accents, is thus rendered by Reinbeck. de Accent. Heb. p. 377, 378. ``Do not go on to offer oblation of vanity; incense of abomination is it to me; [do not go on, I say], on the new moon, and sabbath, to call a convocation: I cannot [bear] iniquity, together with the most solemn congregation.''

Isaiah 1:13 In-Context

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; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations— I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

Cross References 5

  • 1. Proverbs 15:8; Isaiah 66:3; Haggai 2:14
  • 2. Jeremiah 7:9; Jeremiah 18:15; Jeremiah 44:8
  • 3. S 1 Kings 14:24; Psalms 115:8; Proverbs 28:9; Isaiah 41:24; Malachi 2:11
  • 4. S Numbers 10:10
  • 5. 1 Chronicles 23:31
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