2 I have made everything; that’s how it all came to be.[a] I, the Lord, have spoken.
The people I treasure most are the humble— they depend only on me and tremble when I speak.
3 You sacrifice oxen to me, and you commit murder; you sacrifice lambs to me and dogs to other gods; you offer grain to me and pigs' blood to idols; you burn incense to me and praise your idols.[b] You have made your own choice to do these disgusting things that you enjoy so much. 4 You refused to answer when I called out; you paid no attention to my instructions. Instead, you did what I hated, knowing it was wrong. Now I will punish[c] you in a way you dread the most.
66.2that’s. . . be: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
66.3You sacrifice oxen. . . idols: Or “Sacrificing oxen to me is the same as murder; sacrificing lambs to me is the same as sacrificing dogs to other gods; offering grain to me is the same as offering pigs' blood to idols; and burning incense to me is the same as praising idols.”
66.4punish: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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