Proverbs 21:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
To do righteousness and justice is more desirable 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Doing what is right and fair pleases the LORD more than an offering.

Good News Translation
Do what is right and fair; that pleases the LORD more than bringing him sacrifices.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
To do justly and to speak truth, are more pleasing to God than the blood of sacrifices.

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.
Study Bible
The King's Heart
2All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart. 3To do righteousness and justice is more desirable to the LORD than sacrifice. 4Haughty eyes and a proud heart—the guides of the wicked—are sin.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel declared: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice, and attentiveness is better than the fat of rams.

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

Isaiah 1:11
"What is your multitude of sacrifices to Me?" 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, of lambs and goats.

Isaiah 1:16
Wash and cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil!

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

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

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mankind, 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

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 prayer of the upright is his delight.

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.







Lexicon
To do
עֲ֭שֹׂה (‘ă·śōh)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

righteousness
צְדָקָ֣ה (ṣə·ḏā·qāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively

and justice
וּמִשְׁפָּ֑ט (ū·miš·pāṭ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

is more desirable
נִבְחָ֖ר (niḇ·ḥār)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

to the LORD
לַיהוָ֣ה (Yah·weh)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

than sacrifice.
מִזָּֽבַח׃ (miz·zā·ḇaḥ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2077: A slaughter, the flesh of an animal, a sacrifice
(3) To do justice and judgment, &c--See above on Proverbs 10:2.

Is more acceptable than sacrifice.--See above on 15:8.

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." 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.
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