Bible: Isa 1:11-20

1:11Of what importance to me are your many sacrifices?” 1 

says the Lord.

“I am stuffed with 2  burnt sacrifices

of rams and the fat from steers.

The blood of bulls, lambs, and goats

I do not want. 3 

1:12 When you enter my presence,

do you actually think I want this

animals trampling on my courtyards? 4 

1:13 Do not bring any more meaningless 5  offerings;

I consider your incense detestable! 6 

You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations,

but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations! 7 

1:14 I hate your new moon festivals and assemblies;

they are a burden

that I am tired of carrying.

1:15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,

I look the other way; 8 

when you offer your many prayers,

I do not listen,

because your hands are covered with blood. 9 

1:16 10 

Wash! Cleanse yourselves!

Remove your sinful deeds 11 

from my sight.

Stop sinning!

1:17 Learn to do what is right!

Promote justice!

Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! 12 

Take up the cause of the orphan!

Defend the rights of the widow! 13 

1:18 14 

Come, let’s consider your options,” 15  says the Lord.

“Though your sins have stained you like the color red,

you can become 16  white like snow;

though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet,

you can become 17  white like wool. 18 

1:19 If you have a willing attitude and obey, 19 

then you will again eat the good crops of the land.

1:20 But if you refuse and rebel,

you will be devoured 20  by the sword.”

Know for certain that the Lord has spoken. 21 

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