Bible: Isaiah 1:10-17
1:10 Listen to the
you leaders of Sodom! 1
Pay attention to our God’s rebuke, 2
people of Gomorrah!
1:11 “Of what importance to me are your many sacrifices?” 3
“I am stuffed with 4 burnt sacrifices
of rams and the fat from steers.
The blood of bulls, lambs, and goats
I do not want. 5
1:12 When you enter my presence,
do you actually think I want this –
animals trampling on my courtyards? 6
1:13 Do not bring any more meaningless 7 offerings;
I consider your incense detestable! 8
You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations,
but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations! 9
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; 10
when you offer your many prayers,
I do not listen,
because your hands are covered with blood. 111:16 12
Wash! Cleanse yourselves!
Remove your sinful deeds 13
from my sight.
1:17 Learn to do what is right!
Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! 14
Take up the cause of the orphan!
Defend the rights of the widow! 15