New International Version
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment 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.
Darby Bible Translation
For I delight in loving-kindness, 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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I desired mercy, and not sacrifice - I taught them righteousness by my prophets; for I desired mercy. I was more willing to save than to destroy; and would rather see them full of penitent and holy resolutions, than behold them offering the best and most numerous victims upon my altar. See Matthew 9:13.
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Three things I must do this morning; first, I must deal a blow, at the old Tempter, who has got the first hand at you; secondly, I will come to reason comfortably with you; and then, thirdly, I must lovingly persuade you, saying--"Come, let us return unto the Lord." I. First then, I must DEAL A BLOW AT THE OLD TEMPTER, WHO HAS GOT BEFORE ME AND HAS BEGUN TO DECEIVE YOU. I cannot tell what is the precise temptation that Satan has been using with you, but I think it is very likely to be one of four. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861
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But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
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.
I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
"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.
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