21 “I hate, I despise your feast days,
And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.
22 Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them,
Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
23 Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
24 But let justice run down like water,
And righteousness like a mighty stream.
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Am 5:21–24.
Matthew Poole writes:
“21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
I hate, I despise your feast days; impure and unholy they are, whatever they seem to be, and therefore the Lord hateth them, they are abomination to him, Prov. 15:8; Isa. 1:13, 14. Worthless and contemptible they are, and as such God rejecteth them, Isa. 1:10–12, &c. There is no goodness that I should value in them, there is all that vileness in them which attends deep hypocrisy, for which I do hate them. The apostate Israelites imitated the Jews in many things, amongst which they retained their festivals, in which they multiplied their ceremonial sacrifices; and yet God owns them not as his, but brands them with this, They are yours, therefore unwarrantable, will-worship, and displeasing to God. I will not smell a savour of rest or delight, I will not accept and be pleased with, Gen. 8:21, your solemn assemblies; appointed, as you think, on very weighty reasons, and by sufficient authority, and celebrated with rich sacrifices, in mighty crowds, and in excellent order; all is yours, not mine.
Matthew Poole, Annotations upon the Holy Bible, vol. 2 (New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1853), 911.”