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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(A)I will not [a]rebuke you (B)for your sacrifices
Or your burnt offerings,
Which are continually before Me.
(C)I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
(D)For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 (E)Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14 (F)Offer to God thanksgiving,
And (G)pay your vows to the Most High.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 50:8 reprove

With what shall I come before the Lord,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
(A)Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand (B)rivers of oil?
(C)Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
[a]The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

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

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 6:7 My own child
  2. Micah 6:8 Or lovingkindness