42 (A)“But woe to you Pharisees! For (B)you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect (C)justice and (D)the love of God. (E)These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

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23 (A)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For (B)you tithe mint and dill and (C)cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: (D)justice and mercy and faithfulness. (E)These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

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12 (A)I fast twice a week; (B)I give tithes of all that I get.’

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He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and (A)what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,[a]
    and to (B)walk humbly with your God?

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  1. Micah 6:8 Or steadfast love

27 (A)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like (B)whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and (C)all uncleanness.

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Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. (A)But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ (B)In your tithes and contributions.

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(A)To do righteousness and justice
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

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22 And 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 listen than the fat of rams.

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Circumcise Your Heart

12 “And now, Israel, (A)what does the Lord your God require of you, but (B)to fear the Lord your God, (C)to walk in all his ways, (D)to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and (E)to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today (F)for your good?

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20 (A)If anyone says, “I love God,” and (B)hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God (C)whom he has not seen.

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  1. 1 John 4:20 Some manuscripts how can he

11 For (A)the grace of God (B)has appeared, bringing salvation (C)for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and (D)worldly passions, and (E)to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in (F)the present age,

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42 But (A)I know that you do not have (B)the love of God within you.

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13 “But woe (A)to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you (B)shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you (C)neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.[a]

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  1. Matthew 23:13 Some manuscripts add here (or after verse 12) verse 14: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive the greater condemnation

The Messenger of the Lord

17 (A)You have wearied the Lord with your words. (B)But you say, “How have we wearied him?” (C)By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, (D)“Where is the God of justice?”

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The Priests' Polluted Offerings

(A)“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am (B)a father, where is my honor? And if I am (C)a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. (D)But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’

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21 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: (A)“Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. 22 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them (B)concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.

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(A)“Stand in the gate of the Lord's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: (B)Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. (C)Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.’

“For if you truly (D)amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly (E)execute justice one with another, if you (F)do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, (G)or shed innocent blood in this place, (H)and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, (I)then I will let you dwell in this place, (J)in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever.

“Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. (K)Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, (L)swear falsely, (M)make offerings to Baal, (N)and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, (O)which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations?

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(A)Yet they seek me daily
    and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that did righteousness
    and did not forsake the judgment of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments;
    they delight to draw near to God.
(B)‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not?
    Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure,[a]
    (C)and oppress all your workers.
Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
    and to hit with a wicked fist.
Fasting like yours this day
    will not make your voice to be heard on high.
(D)Is such the fast that I choose,
    (E)a day for a person to humble himself?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
    and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast,
    and a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the fast that I choose:
    (F)to loose the bonds of wickedness,
    to undo the straps (G)of the yoke,
to let the oppressed[b] go free,
    and to break every yoke?

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:3 Or pursue your own business
  2. Isaiah 58:6 Or bruised

10 Hear the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of (A)(B)Sodom!
Give ear to the teaching[a] of our God,
    you people of (C)Gomorrah!
11 (D)“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
    says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
    or of lambs, or of goats.

12 “When you come to (E)appear before me,
    who has required of you
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings;
    incense is an abomination to me.
(F)New moon and Sabbath and the (G)calling of convocations—
    I cannot endure (H)iniquity and (I)solemn assembly.
14 Your (J)new moons and your appointed feasts
    my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you (K)spread out your hands,
    I will hide my eyes from you;
(L)even though you make many prayers,
    I will not listen;
    (M)your hands are full of blood.
16 (N)Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
(O)cease to do evil,
17     learn to do good;
(P)seek justice,
    correct oppression;
(Q)bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow's cause.

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  1. Isaiah 1:10 Or law

18 It is good that you should take hold of (A)this, and from (B)that (C)withhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.

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37 (A)and to bring the first of our dough, and our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests, (B)to the chambers of the house of our God; and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our towns where we labor.

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