Isaiah 1:15
New International Version
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

New Living Translation
When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.

English Standard Version
When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

Berean Study Bible
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you multiply your prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

New American Standard Bible
"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

King James Bible
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Christian Standard Bible
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Contemporary English Version
"No matter how much you pray, I won't listen. You are too violent.

Good News Translation
"When you lift your hands in prayer, I will not look at you. No matter how much you pray, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with blood.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood."

International Standard Version
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I'll hide my eyes from you. Even though you pray repeatedly, I won't listen. Your hands are full of blood, your fingers drenched with iniquity."

NET Bible
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I look the other way; when you offer your many prayers, I do not listen, because your hands are covered with blood.

New Heart English Bible
When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you. Yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So when you stretch out your hands [in prayer], I will turn my eyes away from you. Even though you offer many prayers, I will not listen because your hands are covered with blood.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you; Yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear; Your hands are full of blood.

New American Standard 1977
“So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you, Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; likewise, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood.

King James 2000 Bible
And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

American King James Version
And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

American Standard Version
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when you stretch forth your hands, I will turn away my eyes from you: and when you multiply prayer, I will not hear: for your hands are full of blood.

Darby Bible Translation
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

English Revised Version
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

World English Bible
When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you. Yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.

Young's Literal Translation
And in your spreading forth your hands, I hide mine eyes from you, Also when ye increase prayer, I do not hear, Your hands of blood have been full.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Meaningless Offerings
14I hate your New Moons and your appointed feasts; they have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them. 15When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you multiply your prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood. 16Wash and cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil!…
Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.

Exodus 9:29
Moses said to him, "When I have left the city, I will spread out my hands to the LORD. The thunder will cease, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth is the LORD's.

1 Kings 8:22
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven,

Job 27:9
Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?

Job 35:13
Surely God does not listen to empty pleas, and the Almighty does not take note of it.

Isaiah 4:4
when the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains from the heart of Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.

Isaiah 8:17
I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in Him.

Isaiah 45:15
Truly You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.

Isaiah 58:4
You fast with contention and strife to strike viciously with your fist. You cannot fast as you do today and have your voice be heard on high.

Isaiah 59:2
But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.

Isaiah 59:3
For your hands are stained with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters injustice.

Isaiah 64:7
No one calls on Your name or strives to take hold of You. For You have hidden Your face from us and made us melt in the hand of our iniquity.

Jeremiah 4:31
I hear a cry like a woman in labor, a cry of anguish like one bearing her first child--the cry of the Daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands: 'Woe is me, for my soul faints before the murderers!'"

Jeremiah 11:11
Therefore this is what the LORD says: I am about to bring upon them a disaster that they cannot escape. They will cry out to Me, but I will not listen to them.

Jeremiah 14:12
Although they may fast, I will not listen to their cry; although they may offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will finish them off by sword and famine and plague."

Ezekiel 8:18
Therefore I will respond with wrath. I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout loudly in My ears, I will not listen to them."

Ezekiel 11:6
You have multiplied those you killed in this city and filled its streets with the dead.

Ezekiel 14:3
"Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I consult with them in any way?

Ezekiel 39:23
And the nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile for their iniquity, because they were unfaithful to Me. So I hid My face from them and gave them into the hand of their enemies, so that they all fell by the sword.

Hosea 5:6
They go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, but they do not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them.

Treasury of Scripture

And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

when

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and …

1 Kings 8:22,54 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of …

Ezra 9:5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having …

Job 27:8,9,20 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek …

Jeremiah 14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt …

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

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will …

Zechariah 7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not …

Luke 13:25-28 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

I will

Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Psalm 55:1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not yourself from my supplication.

make many prayers. Heb. multiply prayer

Matthew 6:7 But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for …

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

your hands

Isaiah 59:2,3 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and …

Jeremiah 7:8-10 Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit…

Micah 3:9-11 Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob, and princes …

blood. Heb. bloods







Lexicon
When you spread out
וּבְפָרִשְׂכֶ֣ם (ū·ḇə·p̄ā·riś·ḵem)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6566: To break apart, disperse

your hands in prayer,
כַּפֵּיכֶ֗ם (kap·pê·ḵem)
Noun - fdc | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

I will hide
אַעְלִ֤ים (’a‘·lîm)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5956: To veil from sight, conceal

My eyes
עֵינַי֙ (‘ê·nay)
Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

from you;
מִכֶּ֔ם (mik·kem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

even
גַּ֛ם (gam)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

though
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you multiply
תַרְבּ֥וּ (ṯar·bū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

your prayers,
תְפִלָּ֖ה (ṯə·p̄il·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

I will not
אֵינֶ֣נִּי (’ê·nen·nî)
Adverb | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

listen.
שֹׁמֵ֑עַ (šō·mê·a‘)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

Your hands
יְדֵיכֶ֖ם (yə·ḏê·ḵem)
Noun - fdc | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

are covered
מָלֵֽאוּ׃ (mā·lê·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 4390: To fill, be full of

with blood.
דָּמִ֥ים (dā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed
(15) When ye spread forth your hands.--The words point to the attitude of one who prays, as was the manner of Jews, Greeks, and Romans ("tenditque ad sidera palmas," Virg., 'n., xii. 196), standing, and with hands stretched out toward heaven. (Comp. Luke 18:11-13.)

When ye make many prayers.--The Pentateuch contains no directions for the use of forms of prayer beyond the benediction of Numbers 6:23-26, and two forms connected with the Passover in Deuteronomy 26:5-10; Deuteronomy 26:13-15. The "eighteen prayers" for daily use belong to the later Rabbinic stage of Judaism. It lies in the nature of the case, however, that first a real, and then an ostentatious devotion would show itself in the use of such forms, possibly, as in Psalm 119:164, "seven times a day." In Proverbs 27:14; Proverbs 28:9, which belong to the reign of Hezekiah, and may, therefore, indirectly represent Isaiah's teaching, we have the warnings of the wise as to the right use of such forms.

Your hands are full of blood.--Literally, bloods, as implying many murderous acts. The words point to the guilt of judges and princes, such as that described in Hosea 4:2. Life was sacrificed to greed of gain, or lust, or vindictiveness. To the prophet's eye those hands, stretched upwards in the Temple by some, at least, of the king's ministers and judges, were red with the blood of the slain. (Comp. Isaiah 59:3.)

Verse 15. - I will hide mine eyes, etc. A time comes when the wicked are alarmed, and seek to turn to God; but it is too late. "Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me" (Proverbs 1:28). When ye make many prayers; literally, multiply prayer. Full of blood (comp. ver. 21). Actual bloodshed may be pointed at, as the murder of Zechariah (2 Chronicles 24:21), and the fate which befell Isaiah himself, according to the tradition, would seem to show. But cruelty and oppression, producing poverty and wretchedness, and tending to shorten life, are no doubt also included (comp. Micah 3:10, 11). These were the special sins of the time (see vers. 17, 23). 1:10-15 Judea was desolate, and their cities burned. This awakened them to bring sacrifices and offerings, as if they would bribe God to remove the punishment, and give them leave to go on in their sin. Many who will readily part with their sacrifices, will not be persuaded to part with their sins. They relied on the mere form as a service deserving a reward. The most costly devotions of wicked people, without thorough reformation of heart and life, cannot be acceptable to God. He not only did not accept them, but he abhorred them. All this shows that sin is very hateful to God. If we allow ourselves in secret sin, or forbidden indulgences; if we reject the salvation of Christ, our very prayers will become abomination.
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