The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 1:10–17

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10  Hear the word of YHWH, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

10  Listen to the Word of the Lord, you leaders of the people of Sodom. Listen closely to the law of our God, O people of Gomorrah.

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11  To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me? saith YHWH; I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats.

11  Of what value to me is the abundance of your sacrifices? saith the Lord: I am full of whole-burnt-offerings of rams; and I delight not in the fat of lambs, and the blood of bulls and goats

11  The multitude of your sacrifices, what is that to me, says the Lord? I am full. I do not desire holocausts of rams, nor the fat of fatlings, nor the blood of calves and of lambs and of he-goats.

12  When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to trample My courts?

12  neither shall ye come with these to appear before me; for who has required these things at your hands? Ye shall no more tread my court.

12  When you approach before my sight, who is it that requires these things from your hands, so that you would walk in my courts?

13  Bring no more vain oblations; it is an offering of abomination unto Me; new moon and sabbath, the holding of convocations--I cannot endure iniquity along with the solemn assembly.

13  Though ye bring fine flour, it is vain; incense is an abomination to me; I cannot bear your new moons, and your sabbaths, and the great day;

13  You should no longer offer sacrifice vain. Incense is an abomination to me. The new moons and the Sabbaths and the other feast days, I will not receive. Your gatherings are iniquitous.

14  Your new moons and your appointed seasons My soul hateth; they are a burden unto Me; I am weary to bear them.

14  your fasting, and rest from work, your new moons also, and your feasts my soul hates: ye have become loathsome to me; I will no more pardon your sins.

14  My soul hates your days of proclamation and your solemnities. They have become bothersome to me. I labor to endure them.

15  And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood.

15  When ye stretch forth your hands, I will turn away mine eyes from you: and though ye make many supplications, I will not hearken to you; for your hands are full of blood.

15  And so, when you extend your hands, I will avert my eyes from you. And when you multiply your prayers, I will not heed you. For your hands are full of blood.

16  Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes, cease to do evil;

16  Wash you, be clean; remove your iniquities from your souls before mine eyes; cease from your iniquities;

16  Wash, become clean, take away the evil of your intentions from my eyes. Cease to act perversely.

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17  Learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

17  learn to do well; diligently seek judgement, deliver him that is suffering wrong, plead for the orphan, and obtain justice for the widow.

17  Learn to do good. Seek judgment, support the oppressed, judge for the orphan, defend the widow.