7 Listen, my people, and I will speak. Listen, Israel, and I will testify for you. I am God, your God.
8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices. Moreover, your holocausts are ever in my sight.
9 I will not accept calves from your house, nor he-goats from your flocks.
10 For all the wild beasts of the forest are mine: the cattle on the hills and the oxen.
11 I know all the flying things of the air, and the beauty of the field is with me.
12 If I should be hungry, I would not tell you: for the whole world is mine, and all its plentitude.
13 Shall I gnaw on the flesh of bulls? Or would I drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God the sacrifice of praise, and pay your vows to the Most High.
15 And call upon me in the day of tribulation. I will rescue you, and you will honor me.
16 But to the sinner, God has said: Why do you discourse on my justices, and take up my covenant through your mouth?
17 Truly, you have hated discipline, and you have cast my sermons behind you.
Amos 5:14-15, 21-24
14 Seek good and not evil, so that you may live. And the Lord God of hosts will be with you, just as you have asked.
15 Hate evil and love good, and establish judgment at the gate. Perhaps then the Lord God of hosts may have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
21 I hate and have rejected your feasts; and I will not accept the odor from your gatherings.
22 For if you offer me holocausts and your gifts, I will not receive them; and I will not look upon the vows of your fatness.
23 Take away from me the tumult of your songs, and I will not listen to the canticles of your lyre.
24 And judgment will be revealed like water, and justice like a mighty torrent.
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