Hosea 6:6

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For I desired mercie, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more then burnt offerings.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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

For I delight in loving-kindness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.
- Darby Bible

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice: and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.
- Webster's Bible

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

For kindness I desired, and not sacrifice, And a knowledge of God above burnt-offerings.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than burnt-offerings.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 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.


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