Isaiah 65:3
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;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
This is the people that provokes me continually in my presence; they offer sacrifices in gardens, and burn incense on bricks to devils, which exist not.

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 and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

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

2 Kings 17:14-17
Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God…

to my face

Job 1:11
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 2:5
But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

that sacrificeth

Isaiah 1:29
For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

Isaiah 66:17
They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

Leviticus 17:5
To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.

altars.

Exodus 20:24,25
An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee…

Exodus 30:1-10
And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it…







Lexicon
to a people
הָעָ֗ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

who continually
תָּמִ֑יד (tā·mîḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8548: Continuance, constant, ellipt, the regular, sacrifice

provoke Me
הַמַּכְעִיסִ֥ים (ham·maḵ·‘î·sîm)
Article | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3707: To trouble, to grieve, rage, be indignant

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

My face,
פָּנַ֖י (pā·nay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

sacrificing
זֹֽבְחִים֙ (zō·ḇə·ḥîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2076: To slaughter for sacrifice

in the gardens
בַּגַּנּ֔וֹת (bag·gan·nō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1593: A garden

and burning incense
וּֽמְקַטְּרִ֖ים (ū·mə·qaṭ·ṭə·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6999: To smoke, turn into fragrance by fire

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

altars of brick,
הַלְּבֵנִֽים׃ (hal·lə·ḇê·nîm)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3843: Brick, tile
(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. 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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