Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
The sacrifice of the lawless, is an abomination, how much more, when, with wickedness, he bringeth it in!
He that turneth away his ear from hearing instruction, even his prayer, is an abomination.
Hear the word of Yahweh, ye rulers of Sodom, - Give ear to the instruction of our God, ye people of Gomorrah: -
For, I, Yahweh, am a lover of justice, Hating plunder, for an ascending-sacrifice, Therefore will I give their reward with faithfulness, And an age-abiding covenant, will I solemnise for them.
He that slaughtereth an ox, is as one who smiteth a man, He that sacrificeth a lamb, is as one who beheadeth a dog, he that causeth a meal-offering to ascend, offereth it with the blood of swine, He that maketh a memorial of frankincense, is as one who blesseth iniquity: They indeed, have chosen their own ways, And in their own abominations, their soul hath found delight;
What then is it to me that - Frankincense from Shebah come in, or Sweet cane from a land afar off? Your own ascending-offerings, are not acceptable, Nor are, your sacrifices, pleasing to me.
Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts God of Israel, - Your ascending-offerings, add ye unto your peace-offerings and eat ye flesh.
I hate, I despise your festivals, - and can scent no fragrance in your solemn feasts.
God is, spirit; and, they that worship him, in spirit and truth, must needs worship.
Far off is Yahweh, from the lawless, but, the prayer of the righteous, will he hear.
1 Chronicles 29:17
But I know, O my God, that, thou, art proving the heart, and, with uprightness, wilt thou be pleased, - I, in the uprightness of my heart, have willingly offered all these things, now, therefore, thy people who are found here, have I seen with joy, offering willingly unto thee.
Hear, O Yahweh, the right, Attend to my loud cry, Give ear unto my prayer, on lips that would not deceive:
Song of Songs 2:14
HEO my dove! In the retreats of the crag, in the hiding-place of the terrace, Let me see thy form, Let me hear thy voice, - For, thy voice, is sweet, and, thy form, comely.
And Abraham prayed unto God, - and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid-servants, so that they bare children,
Of all the food that may be eaten, that whereon shall come water, shall be unclean, - and, all drink which might be drunk in any such vessel, shall he unclean.
To do righteousness and justice, is more choice to Yahweh than sacrifice.
For let not that man think that he shall receive anything from the Lord -