Proverbs 21:3
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New International Version
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

New Living Translation
The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.

English Standard Version
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

New American Standard Bible
To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.

King James Bible
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

International Standard Version
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

NET Bible
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever does righteousness and judgment is chosen to Lord Jehovah by sacrifice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Doing what is right and fair is more acceptable to the LORD than offering a sacrifice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To do righteousness and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

King James 2000 Bible
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

American King James Version
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

American Standard Version
To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To do mercy and judgment, pleaseth the Lord more than victims.

Darby Bible Translation
To exercise justice and judgment is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.

English Revised Version
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Webster's Bible Translation
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

World English Bible
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.

Young's Literal Translation
To do righteousness and judgment, Is chosen of Jehovah rather than sacrifice.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:1 The believer, perceiving that the Lord rules every heart as he sees fit, like the husbandman who turns the water through his grounds as he pleases, seeks to have his own heart, and the hearts of others, directed in his faith, fear, and love. 2. We are partial in judging ourselves and our actions. 3. Many deceive themselves with a conceit that outward devotions will excuse unrighteousness. 4. Sin is the pride, the ambition, the glory, the joy, and the business of wicked men. 5. The really diligent employ foresight as well as labour. 6. While men seek wealth by unlawful practices, they seek death. 7. Injustice will return upon the sinner, and will destroy him here and for ever. 8. The way of mankind by nature is froward and strange.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. The superiority of moral obedience to ceremonial worship is often inculcated (see note on Proverbs 15:8, and below, ver. 27; and comp. Micah 6:6-8 and Matthew 12:7). "Justice" and "judgment" (tsedakah and mishpat) are combined in Genesis 18:19; 2 Samuel 8:15; Job 37:23; Isaiah 56:1, etc. They imply equity and justice proceeding, not from bare regard to law, but from the principle of love. Septuagint, "To do justify and to speak the truth are more pleasing to God than the blood of sacrifices."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

To do justice and judgment,.... The moral duties of religion, what is holy, just, and good, which the law requires; what is agreeably to both tables, piety towards God, and justice to men; that which is just and right between man and man; which, especially if done from right principles and with right views,

is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice; not than any sacrifice; than the sacrifice of a broken heart, or the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, or of acts of goodness and beneficence, or of a man's whole self to the Lord; but than ceremonial sacrifices; which, though of divine institution, and typical of Christ, and when offered up in the faith of him, were acceptable to God, while in force; yet not when done without faith and in hypocrisy, and especially when done to cover and countenance immoral actions; and, even when compared with moral duties, the latter were preferable to them; see 1 Samuel 15:22.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. (Compare Ps 50:7-15; Isa 1:11, 17).

Proverbs 21:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
2Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. 3To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice. 4Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

Proverbs 15:8
The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

Isaiah 1:11
"The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

Isaiah 1:16
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.

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

Micah 6:7
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Treasury of Scripture

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

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, …

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

Jeremiah 7:21-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings …

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 …

Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, …

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