“He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.”
This verse pictures the hatred of God toward the wicked hypocrites in their religious practices:
1.The wicked man who sacrifices an ox to God is as abominable as a murderer in His sight.
2. If he sacrifices a lamb it is as abominable as offering a dog.
3. If he offers an oblation, it is as abominable as offering swine’s blood.
4. If he burns incense it is as abominable as blessing an idol.
What we really need to sort out here is that God is saying he knows the hearts of all men; He is not fooled by those who pretentiously appear to be sacrificing to God. They would do better to make no sacrifice at all than to put on the pretense of godliness when in their hearts there is no love of God.