“‘Those who sanctify themselves,
Those who purify themselves
In order to go into the gardens,
Follow the one in the center.
They eat the flesh of pigs.
They eat vermin.
They eat rodents.
They shall come to an end together.’
This probably should have followed the earlier remarks about pig’s blood. Yahweh once again points out that he is against these people who follow pagan practices. They sanctify and purify themselves to go into their gardens with the idols in the center. They end up eating pork, vermin, and rodents. They will all come to an end together.
“Whoever slaughters an ox is
Like one who kills a human being.
Whoever sacrifices a lamb is
Like one who breaks a dog’s neck.
Whoever presents a cereal offering is
Like one who offers swine’s blood.
Whoever makes a memorial offering
Of frankincense is
Like one who blesses an idol.
These have chosen their own ways.
They take delight in their abominations.
I also will choose to mock them.
I will bring upon them
What they fear.
When I called,
No one answered.
When I spoke
They did not listen.
But they did
What was evil in my sight.
What did not please me.”
Yahweh seems to rebuke those who sacrifice animals, saying that killing oxen is like killing humans. If they sacrificed lambs, they are sacrificing dogs. A grain offering was compared to unclean pig’s blood. The use of the frankincense was compared to worshiping idols. They have chosen their own ways that are an abomination to Yahweh. He would continue to mock and punish them because no one answered when he called. No one listened when he spoke. They continued to do evil and not please God.