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{Isaiah 58:2} Yet they seek 1875 z8799 me daily, 3117 and delight 2654 z8799 to know 1847 my ways, 1870 as a nation 1471 that x834 did 6213 z8804 righteousness, 6666 and forsook 5800 z8804 not x3808 the ordinance 4941 of their God: 430 they ask 7592 z8799 of me the ordinances 4941 of justice; 6664 they take delight 2654 z8799 in approaching 7132 to God. 430
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"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. ... 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." {Isa 1:11-15} + "Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:" {Isa 29:13} + "Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, [but] not in truth, nor in righteousness. ... For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts [is] his name." {Isa 48:1-2} + "And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken. ... O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" {Deu 5:28-29} + "But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. ... Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD." {1Sm 15:21-25} + "The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight." {Prv 15:8} + "Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. ... And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them." {Ezk 33:30-33} + "[Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, ... But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men." {Mtt 15:7-9} + "And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; ... And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended." {Mrk 4:16-17} + "For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly." {Mrk 6:20} + "He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light." {Jhn 5:35} + "They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." {Tts 1:16} + "For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, ... If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame." {Hbr 6:4-6}
they ask:
"And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, [even] for all this remnant; (for we are left [but] a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)" {Jer 42:2} + "For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do [it]." {Jer 42:20} + "And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?" {Mrk 12:14} + "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. ... But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." {Jms 1:21-22} + "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, ... As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" {1Pe 2:1-2}

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