Hosea 6:6
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New International Version
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

New Living Translation
I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.

English Standard Version
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

New American Standard Bible
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I desire loyalty and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

International Standard Version
For it is love that I seek, and not sacrifice; knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

NET Bible
For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice; I delight in acknowledging God, not simply in whole burnt offerings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I want your loyalty, not your sacrifices. I want you to know me, not to give me burnt offerings.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings.

New American Standard 1977
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice,
            And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

King James 2000 Bible
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

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

American Standard Version
For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than holocausts.

Darby Bible Translation
For I delight in loving-kindness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

English Revised Version
For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

World English Bible
For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Young's Literal Translation
For kindness I desired, and not sacrifice, And a knowledge of God above burnt-offerings.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:4-11 Sometimes Israel and Judah seemed disposed to repent under their sufferings, but their goodness vanished like the empty morning cloud, and the early dew, and they were as vile as ever. Therefore the Lord sent awful messages by the prophets. The word of God will be the death either of the sin or of the sinner. God desired mercy rather than sacrifice, and that knowledge of him which produces holy fear and love. This exposes the folly of those who trust in outward observances, to make up for their want of love to God and man. As Adam broke the covenant of God in paradise, so Israel had broken his national covenant, notwithstanding all the favours they received. Judah also was ripe for Divine judgments. May the Lord put his fear into our hearts, and set up his kingdom within us, and never leave us to ourselves, nor suffer us to be overcome by temptation.
Study Bible
Israel and Judah are Unrepentant
5Therefore I have hewn them in pieces by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth. 6For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. 7But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me.…
Cross References
Matthew 9:13
But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Matthew 12:7
If only you had known the meaning of 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.

Mark 12:33
and to love Him with all your heart and with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, which is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

1 Samuel 15:22
Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

Psalm 50:8
"I do not reprove you for your sacrifices, And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.

Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.

Isaiah 1:11
"What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats.

Jeremiah 7:22
"For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Hosea 2:20
And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD.

Hosea 14:2
Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity And receive us graciously, That we may present the fruit of our lips.
Treasury of Scripture

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

I desired.

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings …

Psalm 50:8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, …

Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep your foot when you go to the house of God, and be more ready …

Isaiah 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the …

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, …

Jeremiah 7:22 For I spoke not to your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn …

Micah 6:6 With which shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the …

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 9:13 But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not …

Matthew 12:7 But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not …

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Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

Jeremiah 22:16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with …

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1 John 3:6 Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.

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