Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
The rulers and people of Jerusalem, which is described as Sodom and Gomorrah, should have realized that God despised rituals without reality, sacrifices without obedience, and gifts without the givers. As long as the people were living in sin, their attendance at the Temple services was an insulting trampling of His courts. The mixing of iniquity and solemn assembly were hateful to Him. Because of their attitude toward Him and their offerings, God would pay no attention to their outstretched hands or prayers, as He knew that their external “religion” was only a cloak to cover their iniquity.