For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,(A)
    and acknowledgment(B) of God rather than burnt offerings.(C)
As at Adam,[a] they have broken the covenant;(D)
    they were unfaithful(E) to me there.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,(F)
    stained with footprints of blood.

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  1. Hosea 6:7 Or Like Adam; or Like human beings

12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized.(A) “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”

13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,”(B) he told them.

14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”

He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely(C)—be content with your pay.”

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