Matthew 9:13

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But goe ye and learne what that meaneth, I will haue mercy and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But go ye and learn what `this' meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But go and take to heart the sense of these words, My desire is for mercy, not offerings: for I have come not to get the upright, but sinners.
- Basic English Bible

But go and learn what [that] is -- I will have mercy and not sacrifice; for I have not come to call righteous [men] but sinners.
- Darby Bible

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
- Webster's Bible

But go and learn what this means, `It is mercy that I desire, not sacrifice'; for I did not come to appeal to the righteous, but to sinners."
- Weymouth Bible

But you go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
- World English Bible

But go ye, and lerne what it is, Y wole merci, and not sacrifice; for I cam, not to clepe riytful men, but synful men.
- Wycliffe Bible

but having gone, learn ye what is, Kindness I will, and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call righteous men, but sinners, to reformation.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 9:13


9:13 Go ye and learn - Ye that take upon you to teach others. I will have mercy and not sacrifice - That is, I will have mercy rather than sacrifice. I love acts of mercy better than sacrifice itself. #Hosea 6:6|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 9:13


Mt 9:13 I will have mercy, and not sacrifice. See Ho 6:6. The Pharisees had never learned the meaning of this passage, which teaches that kind hearts and helpful deeds are more pleasing to God than outward ceremonial. Sacrifice is right, but mercy is first in importance. I am not come to call the righteous, etc. My mission in the world is to save sinners.

Discussion for Matthew 9

  • A disciple
    Hi Alex; I think I understand what you're saying: but the whole purpose for Jesus leaving us in the world for now is for the Holy Spirit in us to convict the world by their seeing the grace of God in our lives as well as in our testimony. As far as looking for signs of His coming; it is the falling away of the many, and the transgressors coming to the full, and universal indifference and unbelief.
  • Alex
    DISCIPLE GM GBU I just posted several times Saturday the kingdom of God is gonna be with in you thus it cannot be seen with the carnal eye i.e. not with OBSERVATION BUT IT WILL BE SEEN BY FAITH, BY FAITH MOSES ENDURED AS SEEING HIM THAT IS INVISIBLE.WE WILL HAVE EYES TO SEE AND EARS TO HEAR THAT WHICH IS INVISIBLE.AS FOR THE LIGHT, THERE CAN BE NO SPRITUALLIGHT TILL THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD RETURNS
  • Donna
    He will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. . .He has begun a mighty work within you and he is the author and finisher of those mighty works. . .He is your STAY -.His word is inscribed upon the tablet of your heart. . .His word does not fall to the ground void, but goes forth to do that which he purposed AND prospers in that thing whereunto it was sent - "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee"
  • Lilian
    The truly harvest are plentous but the labourers are few We must pray that God will send more labourers to the harvest. In society so many who are blessed and seeking God but only few are obeying Gods words but we are already saved by the blood of Jesus thru him only we can enter the Kingdom of God Amen
  • Denbonggerald
    Do not be lazy , get up and do the soulwinning. The Lord will be more pleasant if we follow His first love... Pray to have passions for souls...
  • Mary Brown
    God healed my daughter from a,stroke, heart attack and a brain bleed. He is faithful to his word and he will never fail you especially when you are in trouble.

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