22 Then Samuel said:

Does the Lord(A) take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
Look: to obey is better than sacrifice,
to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.(B)

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20 What use to me is frankincense from Sheba(A)
or sweet cane(B) from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;
your sacrifices do not please me.(C)

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For I desire faithful love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God(A) rather than burnt offerings.(B)

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21 I hate, I despise, your feasts!(A)
I can’t stand the stench
of your solemn assemblies.(B)
22 Even if you offer me
your burnt offerings and grain offerings,(C)
I will not accept them;(D)
I will have no regard
for your fellowship offerings of fattened cattle.(E)
23 Take away from me the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.(F)
24 But let justice flow like water,
and righteousness, like an unfailing stream.(G)

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23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of[a] mint, dill, and cumin, and yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice,(A) mercy, and faithfulness.[b] These things should have been done without neglecting the others.

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Footnotes

  1. 23:23 Or You tithe
  2. 23:23 Or faith

33 And to love(A) him with all your heart, with all your understanding,[a] and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 12:33 Other mss add with all your soul

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