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.


Discussion for Hosea 6

  • A disciple
    Doug; the saying about "a day is as a thousand years" is for us to understand that there is a day of eternity, and that from the place of God's habitation (in eternity) He beholds all the inhabitants of the earth. We can only begin to see these things in the most obscure and shaded forms in our minds by faith; and they are not to be approved or understood by things which do just for now appear.
  • Doug
    2 PETER 3:8 Peter tells us not to be ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Why did he not tell us to remember that JESUS CHRIST died for our sins, or that he rose on the third day. Peter was telling all that put their faith in the Jesus the Christ of Nazareth when the end will come. Not the 24 hour day, so compare HOSEA 6:2
  • Anonymous
    2 days yes but the Vail was torn after His crucifiction begins the NEW COVENANT however the 2,000 begins before zero better math is Israel is about 70 years since 1948 and the last seven years to begin soon and by the way the whole22 chapters of Rev. Is seven years 75 days.....so when the Temple is completed begins the last 7 years the two Witnesses Eligha and John the revelator yes The Apostle
  • Rose Munro
    Daniel's week is not one seven year period, it is one forty-nine year period, or one jubilee cycle.

    It is not 7 x 70 = 490 years, it is 7 x 7 x 70 = 3430 years or 70 jubilee cycles.

    It is a week of weeks mlitplied by seventy

    BC 1414 AD 2016 = 3430 years

    The 50th year was also the 1st of the next set of 49.

    Week 1 BC 1414 - BC 1365
    Week 2 BC 1365 - BC 1316
    Week 3 BC 1316 - BC 12
  • Mark
    I have not studied the bible well. But I know that the Lord has stated in the Bible that no one knows the day or hour of the worlds end. A well known radio preacher was convinced that the end time should hv already happened 2 or 3 times in the past. He was wrong each time. I do not suppose to know something that God says He alone knows. Inread in the early verses 2 days is 2 days; 3 days is 3.
  • Cliff
    I believe it corresponds with Corinthians 15:23 and romans 8:29 and 30. The first resurrection happened when Jesus was resurrected, he was followed by many others.

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