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    This is why I cut them with the words of the prophets
        and destroyed them with the words of My mouth.
        My judgment went forth like the light of the rising sun.
    For I want not animal sacrifices, but mercy.[a]
        I don’t want burnt offerings; I want people to know Me as God!
    They broke their covenant with Me, treated it as just a common human affair;
        they were unfaithful to Me there.

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  1. 6:6 Matthew 9:13; 12:7

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