31 I will turn your cities into ruins(A) and lay waste(B) your sanctuaries,(C) and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings.(D)

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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,(A)
    and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

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11 If they obey and serve him,(A)
    they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity(B)
    and their years in contentment.(C)

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And now the Lord has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned(A) against the Lord and did not obey(B) him.

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