Amos 5:21
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New International Version
"I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.

New Living Translation
"I hate all your show and pretense--the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.

English Standard Version
“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

New American Standard Bible
"I hate, I reject your festivals, Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.

King James Bible
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I hate, I despise your feasts! I can't stand the stench of your solemn assemblies.

International Standard Version
"I hate—I despise—your festival days, and your solemn convocations stink.

NET Bible
"I absolutely despise your festivals! I get no pleasure from your religious assemblies!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I hate your festivals; I despise them. I'm not pleased with your religious assemblies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I hate, I despise your solemnities, and I will not savour your assemblies.

King James 2000 Bible
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not take delight in your solemn assemblies.

American King James Version
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

American Standard Version
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I hate, and have rejected your festivities: and I will not receive the odour of your assemblies.

Darby Bible Translation
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will not smell [a sweet odour] in your solemn assemblies.

English Revised Version
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

Webster's Bible Translation
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

World English Bible
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I can't stand your solemn assemblies.

Young's Literal Translation
I have hated -- I have loathed your festivals, And I am not refreshed by your restraints.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:18-27 Woe unto those that desire the day of the Lord's judgments, that wish for times of war and confusion; as some who long for changes, hoping to rise upon the ruins of their country! but this should be so great a desolation, that nobody could gain by it. The day of the Lord will be a dark, dismal, gloomy day to all impenitent sinners. When God makes a day dark, all the world cannot make it light. Those who are not reformed by the judgments of God, will be pursued by them; if they escape one, another stands ready to seize them. A pretence of piety is double iniquity, and so it will be found. The people of Israel copied the crimes of their forefathers. The law of worshipping the Lord our God, is, Him only we must serve. Professors thrive so little, because they have little or no communion with God in their duties. They were led captive by Satan into idolatry, therefore God caused them to go into captivity among idolaters.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Outward, formal worship will not avert the threatened danger or secure the favour of God in the day of visitation. Your feast days (chaggim); your feasts; your counterfeit worship, the worship of the true God under an idol symbol (compare God's repudiation of merely formal worship in Isaiah 1:11-15). I will not smell; οὐ μὴ ἀσφρανθῶ θυσίας (Septuagint). No sweet savour ascends to God from such sacrifices; so the phrase is equivalent to "I will not accept," "I will take no delight in" (comp.. Genesis 8:21; Exodus 29:18; Leviticus 26:31). Solemn assemblies; πανηγύρεσιν (Septuagint); atsaroth; the convocations for the keeping of the great festivals.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I hate, I despise your feast days,.... Kimchi thinks this is said, and what follows, with respect to the kingdom of the house of Judah, which kept the feast the Lord commanded; but it is not necessary so to understand it; for doubtless the ten tribes imitated the worship at Jerusalem, and kept the feasts as the Jews did there, in the observance of which they trusted; but the Lord rejects their vain confidence, and lets them know that these were no ways acceptable to him; and were so far from atoning for their sins, that they were hated, abhorred, and despised by him, being observed in such a manner and with such a view as they were;

and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies; a sweet savour of rest, as in Genesis 8:21; take no pleasure in their duties and services performed, in their solemn assemblies convened together for religious purposes, nor accept of them; but, on the contrary, dislike and abhor them; see Isaiah 1:11.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. I hate, I despise—The two verbs joined without a conjunction express God's strong abhorrence.

your feast days—yours; not Mine; I do not acknowledge them: unlike those in Judah, yours are of human, not divine institution.

I will not smell—that is, I will take no delight in the sacrifices offered (Ge 8:21; Le 26:31).

in your solemn assemblies—literally, "days of restraint." Isa 1:10-15 is parallel. Isaiah is fuller; Amos, more condensed. Amos condemns Israel not only on the ground of their thinking to satisfy God by sacrifices without obedience (the charge brought by Isaiah against the Jews), but also because even their external ritual was a mere corruption, and unsanctioned by God.

Amos 5:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Coming Judgment
20Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it? 21"I hate, I reject your festivals, Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. 22"Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:31
I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.

Isaiah 1:11
"The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

Isaiah 66:3
But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig's blood, and whoever burns memorial incense is like one who worships an idol. They have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations;

Jeremiah 14:12
Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague."

Ezekiel 23:18
When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her naked body, I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister.

Hosea 2:11
I will stop all her celebrations: her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days--all her appointed festivals.

Hosea 5:6
When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.

Amos 4:4
"Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three years.

Amos 4:5
Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings-- boast about them, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do," declares the Sovereign LORD.

Amos 6:8
The Sovereign LORD has sworn by himself--the LORD God Almighty declares: "I abhor the pride of Jacob and detest his fortresses; I will deliver up the city and everything in it."

Amos 8:10
I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.
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I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

hate.

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he …

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

Isaiah 1:11-16 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the …

Isaiah 66:3 He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a …

Jeremiah 6:20 To what purpose comes there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet …

Jeremiah 7:21-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings …

Hosea 8:13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of my offerings, and eat …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

I will.

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Leviticus 26:31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries to …

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

smell in your solemn assemblies. or, smell your holy days.

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