Isaiah 1:12–17

12 When you come to appear before me,

who has asked this of you,w

this trampling of my courts?

13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!x

Your incensey is detestablez to me.

New Moons,a Sabbaths and convocationsb

I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.

14 Your New Moonc feasts and your appointed festivalsd

I hate with all my being.e

They have become a burden to me;f

I am wearyg of bearing them.

15 When you spread out your handsh in prayer,

I hidei my eyes from you;

even when you offer many prayers,

I am not listening.j

Your handsk are full of blood!l

16 Washm and make yourselves clean.

Take your evil deeds out of my sight;n

stop doing wrong.o

17 Learn to do right;p seek justice.q

Defend the oppressed.a r

Take up the cause of the fatherless;s

plead the case of the widow.t

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