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saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt First Sunday in Advent.
offerings of rams, and the fat of fed MORNING. Isaiah 1. 1.
beasts, and I delight not in the blood 1 THE vision of Isaiah the son of of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
Amoz, which he saw concern 12 When ye come to appear before me, ing Judah and Jerusalem in the days of who hath required this at your hand, to Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain kings of Judah. 2 Hear, O heavens, and oblations; incense is an abomination give ear, 0 earth: for the Lord hath unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, spoken, I have nourished and brought the calling of assemblies, I cannot away up children, and they have rebelled with; it is iniquity, even the solemn against me. The ox knoweth his meeting. 14 Your new moons and your owner, and the ass his master's crib: appointed feasts my soul hateth : they but Israel doth not know, my people are a trouble unto me; I am weary to doth not consider. 4Ah sinful nation, bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth a people laden with iniquity, a seed of your hands, I will hide mine eyes from evildoers, children that are corrupters: you : yea, when ye make many prayers, they have forsaken the LORD, they have I will not hear: your hands are full of provoked the Holy One of Israel unto blood. 16 Wash you, make you clean; anger, they are gone away backward. put away the evil of your doings from 5 Why should ye be stricken any more? before mine eyes; cease to do evil; ye will revolt more and more: the 17 learn to do well; seek judgment, rewhole head is sick, and the whole heart lieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, faint. From the sole of the foot even plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and unto the head there is no soundness in let us reason together, saith the LORD: it; but wounds, and bruises, and putri- though your sins be as scarlet, they fying sores : they have not been closed, shall be as white as snow; though they neither bound up, neither mollified with be red like crimson, they shall be as ointment. Your country is desolate, wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, your cities are burned with fire: your ye shall eat the good of the land : 20 but land, strangers devour it in your pre- if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be desence, and it is desolate, as overthrown voured with the sword: for the mouth by strangers. 8 And the daughter of of the LORD hath spoken it. 21 How is Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, the faithful city become an harlot! it as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as was full of judgment; righteousness a besieged city. Except the LORD of lodged in it; but now murderers. 23 Thy hosts had left unto us a very small rem- silver is become dross, thy wine mixed nant, we should have been as Sodom, with water: 23thy princes are rebellious, and we should have been like unto and companions of thieves: every one Gomorrah. 10 Hear the word of the loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear they judge not the fatherless, neither unto the law of our God, ye people of doth the cause of the widow come unto Gomorrah. 11 To what purpose is the them. 24 Therefore saith the Lord, the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? | LORD of hosts, the mighty. One of