I have hated -- I have loathed your festivals, And I am not refreshed by your restraints.
Amos 5:21 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
So has Persius; see Sat. 2 v. 71-75: -
"Quin damus id Superis, de magna quod dare lanae," etc.
The two or three last pages of Plato's Euthyphro contain the same idea. Sacrifices and prayers are not profitable to the offerer, nor acceptable to the gods, unless accompanied with an upright life.
The fat of fed beasts, etc. - The fat and the blood are particularly mentioned, because these were in all sacrifices set apart to God. The fat was always burnt upon the altar, and the blood was partly sprinkled, differently on different occasions, and partly poured out at the bottom of the altar. See Leviticus 4.
Amos 5:21I hate, I despise your feast days - I abominate those sacrificial festivals where there is no piety, and I despise them because they pretend to be what they are not. This may refer to the three annual festivals which were still observed in a certain way among the Israelites.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind?
Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Isaiah 1:11-16 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams...
Isaiah 66:3 He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offers an oblation...
Jeremiah 6:20 To what purpose comes there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable...
Jeremiah 7:21-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat flesh...
Hosea 8:13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of my offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepts them not; now will he remember their iniquity...
Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer...
Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake...
Leviticus 26:31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the smell of your sweet odors.
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 the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell...
smell in your solemn assemblies. or, smell your holy days.
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