For I desired [a]mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

But they [b]like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they trespassed against me.

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  1. Hosea 6:6 He showeth to what scope his doctrine tended, that they should join the obedience of God, and the love of their neighbor with outward sacrifices.
  2. Hosea 6:7 That is, like light and weak persons.

13 But go ye and learn what this is, (A)I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but the (B)sinners to repentance.

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