Bible Text & Cross-references:
What sacrifices are pleasing to God.
1 He that keepeth the law, multiplieth offerings.
2 *It is a wholesome sacrifice to take heed to the commandments, and to
depart from all iniquity.
3 And to depart from injustice, is to offer a propitiatory sacrifice for
injustices, and a begging of pardon for sins.
4 He shall return thanks that offereth fine flour: and he that doth mercy
5 *To depart from iniquity, is that which pleaseth the Lord, and to depart
from injustice, is an entreaty for sins.
6 *Thou shalt not appear empty in the sight of the Lord.
7 For all these things are to be done, because of the commandment of God.
8 The oblation of the just maketh the altar fat, and is an odour of sweetness
in the sight of the Most High.
9 The sacrifice of the just is acceptable, and the Lord will not forget
the memorial thereof.
10 Give glory to God with a good heart: and diminish not the first-fruits
of thy hands.
11 *In every gift shew a cheerful countenance, and sanctify thy tithes
12 Give to the Most High according to what he hath given to thee, and with
a good eye do according to the ability of thy hands:
13 For the Lord maketh recompense, and will give thee seven times as much.
14 *Do not offer wicked gifts, for such he will not receive.
15 And look not upon an unjust sacrifice, for the Lord is judge, *and there
is not with him respect of person.
16 The Lord will not accept any person against a poor man, and he will
hear the prayer of him that is wronged.
17 He will not despise the prayers of the fatherless: nor the widow, when
she poureth out her complaint.
18 Do not the widow's tears run down the cheek, and her cry against him
that causeth them to fall?
19 For from the cheek they go up even to heaven, and the Lord that heareth
will not be delighted with them.
20 He that adoreth God with joy, shall be accepted, and his prayer shall
approach even to the clouds.
21 The prayer of him that humbleth himself shall pierce the clouds: and
till it come nigh he will not be comforted: and he will not depart till the Most High behold.
22 And the Lord will not be slack, but will judge for the just, and will
do judgment: and the Almighty will not have patience with them, that he may crush their back:
23 And he will repay vengeance to the Gentiles, till he have taken away
the multitude of the proud, and broken the sceptres of the unjust,
24 Till he have rendered to men according to their deeds: and according
to the works of Adam, and according to his presumption.
25 Till he have judged the cause of his people, and he shall delight the
just with his mercy.
26 The mercy of God is beautiful in the time of affliction, as a cloud
of rain in the time of drought.
2: 1 Kings xv. 22.
5: Jeremias vii. 3. and xxvi. 13.
6: Exodus xxiii. 15. and xxxiv. 20.; Deuteronomy xvi. 16.
11: 2 Corinthians ix. 7.; Tobias iv. 9.
14: Leviticus xxii. 21.; Deuteronomy xv. 21.
15: Deuteronomy x. 17.; 2 Paralipomenon xix. 7.; Job xxxiv. 19.; Wisdom
vi. 8.; Romans ii. 11.; Galatians ii. 6.; Colossians iii. 25.; Acts x. 34.; 1 Peter i. 17.