Matthew 12:7
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New International Version
If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.

New Living Translation
But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: 'I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.'

English Standard Version
And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Berean Study Bible
If only you had known the meaning of 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.

Berean Literal Bible
But if you had known what this is, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' then you would not have condemned the guiltless.

New American Standard Bible
"But if you had known what this means, 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,' you would not have condemned the innocent.

King James Bible
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you had known what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent.

International Standard Version
If you had known what 'I want mercy and not sacrifice' means, you would not have condemned the innocent,

NET Bible
If you had known what this means: 'I want mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if you had known what this is, 'I want mercy and not a sacrifice', you would not have condemned those who are blameless.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you had known what 'I want mercy, not sacrifices' means, you would not have condemned innocent people.

New American Standard 1977
“But if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if ye knew what this means, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not condemn the innocent.

King James 2000 Bible
But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

American King James Version
But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

American Standard Version
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if you knew what this meaneth: I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: you would never have condemned the innocent.

Darby Bible Translation
But if ye had known what is: I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

English Revised Version
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

Weymouth New Testament
And if you knew what this means, 'It is mercy I desire, not sacrifice', you would not have condemned those who are without guilt.

World English Bible
But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Young's Literal Translation
and if ye had known what is: Kindness I will, and not sacrifice -- ye had not condemned the blameless,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:1-8 Being in the corn-fields, the disciples began to pluck the ears of corn: the law of God allowed it, De 23:25. This was slender provision for Christ and his disciples; but they were content with it. The Pharisees did not quarrel with them for taking another man's corn, but for doing it on the sabbath day. Christ came to free his followers, not only from the corruptions of the Pharisees, but from their unscriptural rules, and justified what they did. The greatest shall not have their lusts indulged, but the meanest shall have their wants considered. Those labours are lawful on the sabbath day which are necessary, and sabbath rest is to froward, not to hinder sabbath worship. Needful provision for health and food is to be made; but when servants are kept at home, and families become a scene of hurry and confusion on the Lord's day, to furnish a feast for visitors, or for indulgence, the case is very different. Such things as these, and many others common among professors, are to be blamed. The resting on the sabbath was ordained for man's good, De 5:14. No law must be understood so as to contradict its own end. And as Christ is the Lord of the sabbath, it is fit the day and the work of it should be dedicated to him.
Study Bible
The Lord of the Sabbath
6But I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7If only you had known the meaning of ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”…
Cross References
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.

Hosea 6:6
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

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."

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."
Treasury of Scripture

But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

if.

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

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, You do err, not knowing the scriptures, …

Acts 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not…

I will. That is, I desire, or require mercy, or acts of humanity, rather than sacrifice.

Isaiah 1:11-17 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the …

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God …

Micah 6:6-8 With which shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the …

condemned.

Job 32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they …

Psalm 94:21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, …

Psalm 109:31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from …

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifies the wicked, and he that comdemns the just, even …

James 5:6 You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.

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