Bible: Isaiah 1:11-15

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 

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