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Do not bring your worthless offerings any more.
Incense is an abomination to me.
New moons, sabbaths and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity
with the solemn assemblies. Bible

“worthless offerings.” The priests and people were wicked and unrepentant, so their offerings were worthless. Offerings and sacrifices were never designed to make a person with an evil heart acceptable in the sight of God. Isaiah 1:10-19 is all about what God wants and what He doesn’t want from Israel. [For more information about the sacrifices of wicked people being of no value, see commentary on Amos 5:22.]

“New moons.” The beginning of each month, the new moon, was celebrated by special offerings and blowing of trumpets (Num. 10:10, 28:11-15; see commentary on Num. 28:11). In time, the Jews turned the new moon into a feast day (1 Sam. 20:5).


Commentary for: Isaiah 1:13