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.

New Heart English 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

New American Standard 1977
To do righteousness and justice
            Is desired by the LORD rather than 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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
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.

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

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.

Isaiah 1:16
"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil,

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

Micah 6:7
Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, 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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