Hosea 6:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and 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.

New King James Version
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

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

NASB 1995
For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

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

Amplified Bible
For I desire and delight in [steadfast] loyalty [faithfulness in the covenant relationship], rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I have pleasure in goodness and not in sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God more than burning peace offerings

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I will have mercy rather than sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than whole-burnt-offerings.

Contemporary English Version
I'd rather for you to be faithful and to know me than to offer sacrifices.

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

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

Good News Translation
I want your constant love, not your animal sacrifices. I would rather have my people know me than burn offerings to me.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
For kindness I desired, and not sacrifice, "" And a knowledge of God above burnt-offerings.

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

New Heart English Bible
For I desire 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Israel and Judah are Unrepentant
5Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth, and My judgments go forth like lightning. 6For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. 7But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant; there they were unfaithful to 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
But Samuel declared: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obedience to His voice? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice, and attentiveness is better than the fat of rams.

Psalm 50:8
I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices, and your burnt offerings are ever before Me.

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

Isaiah 1:11
"What good to Me is your multitude of sacrifices?" says the LORD. "I am full from the burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed cattle; I take no delight in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.

Jeremiah 7:22
For when I brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt, I did not merely command them about burnt offerings and sacrifices,

Hosea 2:20
And I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will know the LORD."

Hosea 14:2
Bring your confessions and return to the LORD. Say to Him: "Take away all our iniquity and receive us graciously, that we may present the fruit of our lips.

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


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, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Psalm 50:8
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.

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

the.

Hosea 4:1
Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

1 Chronicles 28:9
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Jeremiah 22:16
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.









(6) Mercy.--Better rendered, love. This passage is richly sustained by our Lord's adoption of its teaching (Matthew 9:13; Matthew 12:7). Mark 12:33 shows that according to even Old Testament teaching, the moral ranks above the ceremonial, that ritual is valueless apart from spiritual conformity with Divine will.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I desire
חָפַ֖צְתִּי (ḥā·p̄aṣ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 2654: To incline to, to bend, to be pleased with, desire

mercy,
חֶ֥סֶד (ḥe·seḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

not
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

sacrifice,
זָ֑בַח (zā·ḇaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2077: A slaughter, the flesh of an animal, a sacrifice

and the knowledge
וְדַ֥עַת (wə·ḏa·‘aṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 1847: Knowledge

of God
אֱלֹהִ֖ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

rather than burnt offerings.
מֵעֹלֽוֹת׃ (mê·‘ō·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5930: Whole burnt offering


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