(A)In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open (B)ear.[a]
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written (C)of me:
(D)I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is (E)within my heart.”

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 40:6 Hebrew ears you have dug for me

Not for your sacrifices (A)do I rebuke you;
    your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I will not accept a bull from your house
    or goats from your folds.

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(A)To do righteousness and justice
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

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11 (A)“What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
    says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
    and the fat of well-fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
    or of lambs, or of goats.

12 “When you come to (B)appear before me,
    who has required of you
    this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings;
    incense is an abomination to me.
(C)New moon and Sabbath and the (D)calling of convocations—
    I cannot endure (E)iniquity and (F)solemn assembly.

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16 (A)Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
    remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
(B)cease to do evil,
17     learn to do good;
(C)seek justice,
    correct oppression;
(D)bring justice to the fatherless,
    plead the widow's cause.

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22 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them (A)concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this command I gave them: (B)‘Obey my voice, and (C)I will be your God, and you shall be my people. (D)And walk in all the way that I command you, (E)that it may be well with you.’

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What Does the Lord Require?

(A)“With what shall I come before the Lord,
    and bow myself before (B)God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
(C)Will the Lord be pleased with[a] thousands of rams,
    with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
(D)Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and (E)what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,[b]
    and to (F)walk humbly with your God?

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 6:7 Or Will the Lord accept
  2. Micah 6:8 Or steadfast love

in burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
    as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in (A)sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, (B)“Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second.

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