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22 So Samuel said:

(A)“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, (B)to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.

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For I desire (A)mercy[a] and (B)not sacrifice,
And the (C)knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 6:6 Or faithfulness or loyalty

He has (A)shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But (B)to do justly,
To love [a]mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 6:8 Or lovingkindness

13 But go and learn what this means: (A)‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, (B)but sinners, [a]to repentance.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 9:13 NU omits to repentance

But if you had known what this means, (A)‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

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