Isaiah 1:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Isaiah 1:15, NIV: When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

Isaiah 1:15, ESV: When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

Isaiah 1:15, KJV: 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.

Isaiah 1:15, NASB: So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you offer many prayers, I will not be listening. Your hands are covered with blood.

Isaiah 1:15, NLT: When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.

Isaiah 1:15, CSB: When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

What does Isaiah 1:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The people of Israel are engaged in sinful, rebellious lifestyles against God while at the same time bringing their sacrifices and offerings to Him. God has said their offerings are meaningless (Isaiah 1:13) and that His soul hates their religious observations (Isaiah 1:14) because of the Insincerity of their hearts and in their lives.

Now the Lord adds that He won't listen to their prayers. He does not want to see or hear any of their communication if their hearts are far from Him. He will close His eyes.

The Lord adds that the hands they are stretching out in prayer are full of blood. Perhaps, this is due to the injustice and oppression of the poor in Israel. Or it may be a reference to the blood of the animal sacrifices offered for the sins of the people. If those sacrifices are made with no sincerity of the heart, the blood that stains their hands is worthless to atone for their sins.