Isaiah 65:3
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New International Version
a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick;

New Living Translation
All day long they insult me to my face by worshiping idols in their sacred gardens. They burn incense on pagan altars.

English Standard Version
a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and making offerings on bricks;

Berean Study Bible
to a people who continually provoke Me to My face, sacrificing in the gardens and burning incense on altars of brick,

New American Standard Bible
A people who continually provoke Me to My face, Offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on bricks;

King James Bible
A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

Christian Standard Bible
These people continually anger me to my face, sacrificing in gardens, burning incense on bricks,

Contemporary English Version
They keep making me angry by sneering at me, while offering sacrifices to idols in gardens and burning incense to them on bricks.

Good News Translation
They shamelessly keep on making me angry. They offer pagan sacrifices at sacred gardens and burn incense on pagan altars.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These people continually provoke Me to My face, sacrificing in gardens, burning incense on bricks,

International Standard Version
a people who continually provoke me to my face; they keep sacrificing in gardens and waving their hands over stone altars;

NET Bible
These people continually and blatantly offend me as they sacrifice in their sacred orchards and burn incense on brick altars.

New Heart English Bible
a people who provoke me to my face continually as they sacrifice in gardens and burn incense on bricks;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These people constantly and openly provoked me. They offered sacrifices in gardens and burnt incense on brick altars.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A people that provoke Me To My face continually, That sacrifice in gardens, And burn incense upon bricks;

New American Standard 1977
A people who continually provoke Me to My face, Offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on bricks;

Jubilee Bible 2000
a people that provokes me to anger continually to my face; that sacrifices in gardens, and burns incense upon altars of brick;

King James 2000 Bible
A people that provoke me to anger continually to my face; that sacrifice in gardens, and burn incense upon altars of brick;

American King James Version
A people that provokes me to anger continually to my face; that sacrifices in gardens, and burns incense on altars of brick;

American Standard Version
a people that provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens, and burning incense upon bricks;

Douay-Rheims Bible
A people that continually provoke me to anger before my face: that immolate in gardens, and sacrifice upon bricks.

Darby Bible Translation
the people that provoke me to anger continually to my face, sacrificing in gardens and burning incense upon the bricks;

English Revised Version
a people that provoketh me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens, and burning incense upon bricks;

Webster's Bible Translation
A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

World English Bible
a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens, and burning incense on bricks;

Young's Literal Translation
The people who are provoking Me to anger, To My face continually, Sacrificing in gardens, and making perfume on the bricks:
Study Bible
Judgments and Promises
2All day long I have held out My hands to an obstinate people, who walk in the wrong path, who follow their own imaginations, 3to a people who continually provoke Me to My face, sacrificing in the gardens and burning incense on altars of brick, 4sitting among the graves, spending nights in secret places, eating the meat of pigs and polluted broth from their bowls.…
Cross References
Job 1:11
But stretch out Your hand and strike all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face."

Job 2:5
But stretch out Your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse You to Your face."

Psalm 78:58
They enraged Him with their high places and provoked His jealousy with their idols.

Isaiah 1:29
Surely you will be ashamed of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you will be embarrassed by the gardens that you have chosen.

Isaiah 3:8
For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen because they spoke and acted against the LORD, defying His glorious presence.

Isaiah 66:3
Whoever slaughters an ox is like one who slays a man; whoever sacrifices a lamb is like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever presents a grain offering is like one who offers pig's blood; whoever offers incense is like one who praises an idol. Indeed, they have chosen their own ways and delighted in their abominations.

Isaiah 66:17
"Those who dedicate and purify themselves to enter the groves--to follow one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of swine and vermin and rats--will perish together," declares the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

A people that provokes me to anger continually to my face; that sacrifices in gardens, and burns incense on altars of brick;

a people

Isaiah 3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue …

Deuteronomy 32:16-19,21 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations …

2 Kings 17:14-17 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like …

2 Kings 22:17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods…

Psalm 78:40,58 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!…

Jeremiah 32:30-35 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done …

Ezekiel 8:17,18 Then he said to me, Have you seen this, O son of man…

Matthew 23:32-36 Fill you up then the measure of your fathers…

to my face

Job 1:11 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will …

Job 2:5 But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and …

that sacrificeth

Isaiah 1:29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and …

Isaiah 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens …

Leviticus 17:5 To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, …

Jeremiah 3:6 The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you …

Ezekiel 20:28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted …

altars. Heb. bricks

Exodus 20:24,25 An altar of earth you shall make to me, and shall sacrifice thereon …

Exodus 30:1-10 And you shall make an altar to burn incense on: of shittim wood shall …

(3) That sacriflceth in gardens.--It is not without significance, as bearing on the date of the chapter, that the practice was common in Judah under Ahaz. (Comp. Isaiah 1:29, Mi. 5; Ezekiel 20:28.)

Burneth incense upon altars of brick.--Literally, on the bricks, and possibly, therefore, on the roofs of houses, as was common in the idolatrous practices of Judah (2Kings 23:12; Jeremiah 19:13). By some interpreters the words are referred, though with less probability, to the brick altars which the exiles are supposed to have used at Babylon, and were forbidden by the Law (Exodus 20:24-25).

Verse 3. - That sacrificeth in gardens (comp. Isaiah 1:29; Isaiah 57:5; Isaiah 66:17). The groves and "gardens" of Daphne, near Antioch. became famous in later times as the scene of idolatrous practices intimately bound up with the grossest and most shameless sensualism. We have few details of the ancient Syrian rites; but there is reason to believe that, wherever Astarte, the Dea Syra, was worshipped, whether at Daphne, or at Hierapolis, or at Balbek, or at Aphek, or at Damascus, or in Palestine, one and the same character of cult prevailed. The nature-goddess was viewed as best worshipped by rites into which sensualism entered as an essential element. Profligacy that cannot be described polluted the consecrated precincts, which were rendered attractive by all that was beautiful and delightful, whether in art or nature-by groves, gardens, statues, fountains, shrines, temples, music, processions, shows - and which were in consequence frequented both day and night by a multitude of votaries. And burneth incense upon altars of brick; literally, upon the bricks. It is not clear that "altars" are intended. More probably the incense was burnt upon the tiled or bricked roofs of houses, where the Jews of Jeremiah's time "burned incense unto all the host of heaven" (Jeremiah 19:13; Jeremiah 32:29; Zephaniah 1:5). Brick altars are nowhere mentioned. The Assyrians and Babylonians made their altars of either stone or metal ('Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 2. pp. 36, 37; Herod., 1. 183). The Hebrews in early times had altars of earth (Exodus 20:24). The "altar of incense" in the tabernacle (Exodus 30:1-3) was of wood plated with gold; that of burnt offering, of wood plated with bronze (Exodus 27:1, 2). Solomon's altars were similar. Elijah on one occasion made an altar of twelve rough stones (1 Kings 18:31). The Assyrians used polished stone, as did the Greeks and Romans. A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face,.... They committed their sins openly, without any fear of the divine Being, and in defiance of him, not at all awed by his omniscience and omnipresence; they committed them in the open streets, and even in the temple, the place of the divine residence; and these they did constantly, which provoked him to anger and wrath against them; particularly the following sins:

that sacrificeth in gardens; to idols, as the Targum, placed there, as they were under every green tree; or in groves, where idols were worshipped. Fortunatus Scacchus (h) thinks this refers to their having their sepulchres in their gardens, where they consulted the dead; which is favoured by a clause in the next verse:

and burneth incense on altars of brick: or, "upon bricks" (i). Kimchi says, when they made bricks, they put upon them incense for idols; or, "upon tiles"; upon the roofs of their houses, which were covered with tiles; see Jeremiah 19:13 when incense should only have been burnt upon the golden altar erected for that purpose, Exodus 30:1, not that these idolatrous actions were committed by the Jews in the times of Christ and his apostles, the times preceding their last destruction; for, after their return front the Babylonish captivity, they were not guilty of idolatry; but these were the sins of their fathers, which God would recompense into their bosoms, according to Isaiah 65:7 they now filling up the measure of their iniquities, Matthew 23:32.

(h) Sacr. Eleaochr. Myrothec. I. 2. c. 55. col. 580. (i) "super lateres", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Vitringa. 3. continually—answering to "all the day" (Isa 65:2). God was continually inviting them, and they continually offending Him (De 32:21).

to my face—They made no attempt to hide their sin (Isa 3:9). Compare "before Me" (Ex 20:3).

in gardens—(See on [870]Isa 1:29; Isa 66:17; Le 17:5).

altars of brick—Hebrew, "bricks." God had commanded His altars to be of unhewn stone (Ex 20:25). This was in order to separate them, even in external respects, from idolaters; also, as all chiselling was forbidden, they could not inscribe superstitious symbols on them as the heathen did. Bricks were more easily so inscribed than stone; hence their use for the cuneiform inscriptions at Babylon, and also for idolatrous altars. Some, not so well, have supposed that the "bricks" here mean the flat brick-paved roofs of houses on which they sacrificed to the sun, etc. (2Ki 23:12; Jer 19:13).65:1-7 The Gentiles came to seek God, and find him, because they were first sought and found of him. Often he meets some thoughtless trifler or profligate opposer, and says to him, Behold me; and a speedy change takes place. All the gospel day, Christ waited to be gracious. The Jews were bidden, but would not come. It is not without cause they are rejected of God. They would do what most pleased them. They grieved, they vexed the Holy Spirit. They forsook God's temple, and sacrificed in groves. They cared not for the distinction between clean and unclean meats, before it was taken away by the gospel. Perhaps this is put for all forbidden pleasures, and all that is thought to be gotten by sin, that abominable thing which the Lord hates. Christ denounced many woes against the pride and hypocrisy of the Jews. The proof against them is plain. And let us watch against pride and self-preference, remembering that every sin, and the most secret thoughts of man's heart, are known and will be judged by God.
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