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Isaiah 1:11

    Isaiah 1:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    What unto me is the multitude of your sacrifices? saith Jehovah: I have had enough of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    What use to me is the number of the offerings which you give me? says the Lord; your burned offerings of sheep, and the best parts of fat cattle, are a weariness to me; I take no pleasure in the blood of oxen, or of lambs, or of he-goats.

    Webster's Revision

    What unto me is the multitude of your sacrifices? saith Jehovah: I have had enough of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats.

    World English Bible

    "What are the multitude of your sacrifices to me?," says Yahweh. "I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed animals. I don't delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of male goats.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 1:11

    To what purpose, etc. "What have I to do" - The prophet Amos has expressed the same sentiments with great elegance: -

    I hate, I despise your feasts;

    And I will not delight in the odour of your solemnities:

    Though ye offer unto me burnt-offerings

    And your meat-offerings, I will not accept:

    Neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fatlings.

    Take away from me the noise of your songs;

    And the melody of your viols I will not hear.

    But let judgment roll down like waters;

    And righteousness like a mighty stream.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 1:11

    To what purpose - לי למה lâmâh lı̂y. 'What is it to me; or what profit or pleasure can I have in them?' God here replies to an objection which might be urged by the Jews to the representation which had been made of their guilt. The objection would be, that they were strict in the duties of their religion, and that they even abounded in offering victims of sacrifice. God replies in this and the following verses, that all this would be of no use, and would meet with no acceptance, unless it were the offering of the heart. He demanded righteousness; and without that, all external offerings would be vain. The same sentiment often occurs in the Old Testament.

    Hath Jehovah as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices

    As in obeying the voice of the Lord?

    Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

    And to hearken than the fat of rams.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 1:11

    1:11 To me - Who am a spirit, and therefore cannot be satisfied with such carnal oblations, but expect to have your hearts and lives, as well as your bodies and sacrifices, presented unto me. Blood - He mentions the fat and blood, because these were in a peculiar manner reserved for God, to intimate that even the best of their sacrifices were rejected by him.