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13 Go and learn the meaning of the words,(A) ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

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  1. 9:13 Go and learn…not sacrifice: Matthew adds the prophetic statement of Hos 6:6 to the Marcan account (see also Mt 12:7). If mercy is superior to the temple sacrifices, how much more to the laws of ritual impurity.