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and offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,
and publicly proclaim your free will offerings and brag about them;
for this is what you love to do,
O children of Israel,”
says the Lord Yahweh. Bible other translations

“for this is what you love to do.” The people of Israel loved to make a show of their religious activities and were for the most part blissfully ignorant of that fact that they were living in disobedience to Yahweh and His laws and their rituals meant nothing to God; in fact, they offended Him. God does not value ritual for ritual’s sake. On the few points in which they knew they were not obeying the Law they made excuses for it, thinking it did not matter much. That behavior still goes on. People who knowingly disobey God convince themselves that obeying God in everything is not really that important.


Commentary for: Amos 4:5