8 Not for your sacrifices ado I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
lthe knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
16 wFor you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
6 hIn sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written jof me:
8 kI delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is lwithin my heart.”
11 a“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of goats.
12 “When you come to bappear before me,
who has required of you
this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings;
incense is an abomination to me.
14 Your cnew moons and your appointed feasts
my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you gspread out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
heven though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
iyour hands are full of blood.
16 jWash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
kcease to do evil,
17 learn to do good;
mbring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as owhite as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
19 pIf you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be eaten by the sword;
qfor the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The Unfaithful City
21 How the faithful city
sshe who was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
but now murderers.
22 tYour silver has become dross,
your best wine mixed with water.
23 Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
Everyone uloves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
vThey do not bring justice to the fatherless,
and the widow’s cause does not come to them.
24 Therefore the wLord declares,
the Lord of hosts,
the xMighty One of Israel:
“Ah, I will get relief from my enemies
yand avenge myself on my foes.
25 zI will turn my hand against you
and will smelt away your adross as with lye
and remove all your alloy.
26 And I will restore your judges bas at the first,
and your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward cyou shall be called the city of righteousness,
the faithful city.”
27 dZion shall be redeemed by justice,
and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
28 eBut rebels and sinners shall be broken together,
and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.
that you desired;
and you shall blush for hthe gardens
that you have chosen.
30 For you shall be ilike an oak
whose leaf withers,
and like a garden without water.
31 And the strong shall become jtinder,
and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
with knone to quench them.
21 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: p“Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. 22 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them qconcerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this command I gave them: r‘Obey my voice, and sI will be your God, and you shall be my people. tAnd walk in all the way that I command you, uthat it may be well with you.’
4 For ait is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
c“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”
8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in csacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, d“Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will ewe have been sanctified through the offering of fthe body of Jesus Christ gonce for all.