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I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces—
    to slaughter you with my words,
    with judgments as inescapable as light.
I want you to show love,[a]
    not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me[b]
    more than I want burnt offerings.
But like Adam,[c] you broke my covenant
    and betrayed my trust.

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  1. 6:6a Greek version translates this Hebrew term as to show mercy. Compare Matt 9:13; 12:7.
  2. 6:6b Hebrew to know God.
  3. 6:7 Or But at Adam.

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