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Hosea 6:6

    Hosea 6:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because my desire is for mercy and not offerings; for the knowledge of God more than for burned offerings.

    Webster's Revision

    For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

    World English Bible

    For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

    Clarke's Commentary on Hosea 6:6

    I desired mercy, and not sacrifice - I taught them righteousness by my prophets; for I desired mercy. I was more willing to save than to destroy; and would rather see them full of penitent and holy resolutions, than behold them offering the best and most numerous victims upon my altar. See Matthew 9:13.

    Barnes' Notes on Hosea 6:6

    I hate, I despise your solemn feast days,

    And I will not smell in your solemn assemblies;

    Though ye offer me your burnt-offerings,

    And your meat-offerings

    I will not accept them;

    Neither will I regard the thank-offerings of your fat beasts.

    Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs;

    For I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

    But let judgment run down as waters,

    And righteousness as a mighty stream.

    Wesley's Notes on Hosea 6:6

    6:6 For - I so hewed and slew them, because they did not what I most of all required; they were full of sacrifices, but either to idols, or else in formality and pride. Mercy - Compassion and charity towards men, this one principal duty of the second table put for all. In this I delight, I have found little of this among you. Not sacrifice - Rather than sacrifice. The knowledge of God - The affectionate knowledge of God, which fills the mind with reverence of his majesty, fear of his goodness, love of his holiness, trust in his promise, and submission to his will.