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 wicked is abomination; how much more, when he brings it with lewdness?
He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Hear the word of the LORD, ye princes of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
For I the LORD love that which is right, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will confirm your work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a lamb as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offers an oblation as if he offered swine's blood; he that burns incense as if he blessed iniquity. They have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations.
To what purpose does this incense come to me from Sheba and the sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not according to my will, nor are your sacrifices sweet unto me.
Thus hath the LORD of the hosts, the God of Israel said: Add your burnt offerings upon your sacrifices and eat flesh.
I hate, I despise your solemnities, and I will not savour your assemblies.
God is a Spirit and those that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
1 Chronicles 29:17
I know also, my God, that thou dost try the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now have I seen with joy that thy people, who are present here, have given willingly unto thee.
Hear righteousness, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that does not go out of feigned lips.
Song of Songs 2:14
O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is beautiful.
So Abraham prayed unto God; and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maidservants; and they bore children.
All food which may be eaten upon which shall come water from any such vessel shall be unclean; and any drink that may be drunk shall be unclean in every such vessel.
To do righteousness and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
For let not such a man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.