For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

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Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

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But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

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