Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
The one who slaughters a bull also strikes down a man; the one who sacrifices a lamb also breaks a dog's neck; the one who presents an offering includes pig's blood with it; the one who offers incense also praises an idol. They have decided to behave this way; they enjoy these disgusting practices.
1 Samuel 15:22
Then Samuel said, "Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams.
I am not condemning you because of your sacrifices, or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me.
Certainly you do not want a sacrifice, or else I would offer it; you do not desire a burnt sacrifice.
The Lord abhors the sacrifices of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
The wicked person's sacrifice is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent!
I take no delight when they offer up to me frankincense that comes from Sheba or sweet-smelling cane imported from a faraway land. I cannot accept the burnt offerings they bring me. I get no pleasure from the sacrifices they offer to me.'
The Lord said to the people of Judah, "The Lord God of Israel who rules over all says: 'You might as well go ahead and add the meat of your burnt offerings to that of the other sacrifices and eat it, too!
"I absolutely despise your festivals! I get no pleasure from your religious assemblies!
Will the Lord accept a thousand rams, or ten thousand streams of olive oil? Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion, my offspring -- my own flesh and blood -- for my sin?
Go and learn what this saying means: 'I want mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
one young bull, one ram, and one male lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering;
"'On the second day you must offer twelve young bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs one year old, all without blemish,
I will denounce your so-called righteousness and your deeds, but they will not help you.