22 Then Samuel said:

Does the Lord(A) take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?

Look: to obey is better than sacrifice,
to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.(B)

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He loves righteousness and justice;(A)
the earth is full of the Lord’s unfailing love.(B)

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The Depravity of Jerusalem

Roam(A) through the streets of Jerusalem.
Look and take note;
search in her squares.
If you find one person,(B)
any who acts justly,
who seeks to be faithful,
then I will forgive her.(C)

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Mankind, He has told you what is good(A)
and what it is the Lord requires of you:(B)
to act justly,(C)
to love faithfulness,(D)
and to walk humbly with your God.(E)

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“The Lord of Hosts says this: Make fair decisions.(A) Show faithful love and compassion(B) to one another.

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42 “But woe(A) to you Pharisees! You give a tenth[a](B) of mint, rue, and every kind of herb, and you bypass[b] justice(C) and love for God.[c](D) These things you should have done without neglecting the others.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 11:42 Or a tithe
  2. Luke 11:42 Or neglect
  3. Luke 11:42 Lit the justice and the love of God