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 9:13

  • Lusia Wakoloilagi for verse 13
    sacrifices are meaningless when there is no mercy! we will sacrifice all that we have when we have mercy or love in us!
  • Sally Easlea for verse 13
    I think Jesus wants us to reflect on what mercy is in action as well as attitude. He shows us an example of non judgemental, mercy. His or Matthew 's mercy gives the ignorant sinners education and acceptance and love the healing ingredients to move forward and grow.

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