New International Version
"I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
King James Bible
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
Darby Bible Translation
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will not smell [a sweet odour] in your solemn assemblies.
World English Bible
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I can't stand your solemn assemblies.
Young's Literal Translation
I have hated -- I have loathed your festivals, And I am not refreshed by your restraints.
Amos 5:21 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
So has Persius; see Sat. 2 v. 71-75: -
"Quin damus id Superis, de magna quod dare lanae," etc.
The two or three last pages of Plato's Euthyphro contain the same idea. Sacrifices and prayers are not profitable to the offerer, nor acceptable to the gods, unless accompanied with an upright life.
The fat of fed beasts, etc. - The fat and the blood are particularly mentioned, because these were in all sacrifices set apart to God. The fat was always burnt upon the altar, and the blood was partly sprinkled, differently on different occasions, and partly poured out at the bottom of the altar. See Leviticus 4.
Amos 5:21I hate, I despise your feast days - I abominate those sacrificial festivals where there is no piety, and I despise them because they pretend to be what they are not. This may refer to the three annual festivals which were still observed in a certain way among the Israelites.
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smell in your solemn assemblies. or, smell your holy days.
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Their Redeemer is strong.--JER. 50:34. I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins.--I have laid help upon one that is mighty.--The Lord. . . thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob.--Mighty to save.--Able to keep you from falling.--Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.--He is able . . . to save them …
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Whether, by Penance, Man is Restored to his Former Dignity?
Journey to Jerusalem. Ten Lepers. Concerning the Kingdom.
The Prophecy of Obadiah.
I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.
"The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig's blood, and whoever burns memorial incense is like one who worships an idol. They have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations;
Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague."
When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her naked body, I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister.
I will stop all her celebrations: her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days--all her appointed festivals.
When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them.
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