Matthew 9:13
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New International Version
But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

New Living Translation
Then he added, "Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: 'I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.' For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."

English Standard Version
Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Berean Study Bible
But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Berean Literal Bible
But having gone, learn what is, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

New American Standard Bible
"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

King James Bible
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn't come to call the righteous, but sinners."

International Standard Version
Go and learn what this means: 'I want mercy and not sacrifice,' because I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners."

NET Bible
Go and learn what this saying means: 'I want mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Go learn what this says, 'I require mercy and not a sacrifice', for I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Learn what this means: 'I want mercy, not sacrifices.' I've come to call sinners, not people who think they have God's approval."

New American Standard 1977
“But go and learn what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore go ye and learn what this is, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, for I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

King James 2000 Bible
But go and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

American King James Version
But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

American Standard Version
But go ye and learn what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go then and learn what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice. For I am not come to call the just, but sinners.

Darby Bible Translation
But go and learn what [that] is -- I will have mercy and not sacrifice; for I have not come to call righteous [men] but sinners.

English Revised Version
But go ye and learn what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice: for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Webster's Bible Translation
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Weymouth New Testament
But go and learn what this means, 'It is mercy that I desire, not sacrifice'; for I did not come to appeal to the righteous, but to sinners."

World English Bible
But you go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Young's Literal Translation
but having gone, learn ye what is, Kindness I will, and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call righteous men, but sinners, to reformation.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:10-13 Some time after his call, Matthew sought to bring his old associates to hear Christ. He knew by experience what the grace of Christ could do, and would not despair concerning them. Those who are effectually brought to Christ, cannot but desire that others also may be brought to him. Those who suppose their souls to be without disease will not welcome the spiritual Physician. This was the case with the Pharisees; they despised Christ, because they thought themselves whole; but the poor publicans and sinners felt that they wanted instruction and amendment. It is easy, and too common, to put the worst constructions upon the best words and actions. It may justly be suspected that those have not the grace of God themselves, who are not pleased with others' obtaining it. Christ's conversing with sinners is here called mercy; for to promote the conversion of souls is the greatest act of mercy. The gospel call is a call to repentance; a call to us to change our minds, and to change our ways. If the children of men had not been sinners, there had been no need for Christ to come among them. Let us examine whether we have found out our sickness, and have learned to follow the directions of our great Physician.
Study Bible
The Calling of Matthew
12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 14At that time, John’s disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast so often, but Your disciples do not fast?”…
Cross References
Hosea 6:6
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

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

Mark 2:17
On hearing this, Jesus told them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 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."

Luke 5:31
Jesus answered, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

Luke 5:32
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.
Treasury of Scripture

But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

go.

Matthew 12:3,5,7 But he said to them, Have you not read what David did, when he was …

Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said to them, Have you not read, that he which …

Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone …

Matthew 22:31,32 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that …

Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have you not read in the …

Luke 10:26 He said to him, What is written in the law? how read you?

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods?

I will.

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

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 …

to call.

Matthew 18:11-13 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost…

Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, They that are whole have no …

Luke 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 15:3-10 And he spoke this parable to them, saying…

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Romans 3:10-24 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Timothy 1:13-16 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

but.

Matthew 3:2,8 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand…

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the …

Matthew 11:20,21 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works …

Matthew 21:28-32 But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Luke 15:7 I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you …

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…

Acts 5:31 Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, …

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified …

Acts 17:30,31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all …

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward …

Acts 26:18-20 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Romans 2:4-6 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering…

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ …

2 Timothy 2:25,26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; …

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