Fear God

[a] (A)Guard your steps when you go to (B)the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to (C)offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 5:1 Ch 4:17 in Hebrew

Fulfill Your Vow to God

[a]Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

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  1. Ecclesiastes 5:1 In Hebrew texts 5:1 is numbered 4:17, and 5:2-20 is numbered 5:1-19.

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

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  1. Hosea 6:6 Septuagint mercy

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,(A)
    and acknowledgment(B) of God rather than burnt offerings.(C)

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13 Go and learn (A)what this means: (B)‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For (C)I came not to call the righteous, (D)but sinners.”

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13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a](A) For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”(B)

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  1. Matthew 9:13 Hosea 6:6

And if you had known (A)what this means, (B)‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

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If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a](A) you would not have condemned the innocent.

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  1. Matthew 12:7 Hosea 6:6

33 And to love him with all the heart and with all (A)the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, (B)is much more than all (C)whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

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33 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.”(A)

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