Note that Amos’ oracle here quoted includes these words about the usual practice of religion: “I hate, I despise your feasts, And I will take no delight in your sacred assemblies. Yea, though you offer me holocausts [burnt offerings] and your meal offerings, I will not accept them; Neither will I regard the communion offerings of your fat beasts. Take away from me the noise of your hymns; And let me not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice well up as waters …” (Amos 5:21–24).