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

  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 9:37 THEN SAITH HE UNTO HIS DISCIPLES THE HARVEST TRULY IS PLENTEOUS BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW 9:37 PRAY YOU THEREFORE THE LORD OF THE HARVEST THAT HE WILL SEND FORTH LABORERS INTO HIS HARVEST 1 CORINTHIANS 16:15 I BESEECH YOU BRETHREN YOU KNOW THE HOUSE OF STEPHANAS THAT IT IS THE FIRST FRUITS OF ACHAIA AND THAT THEY ADDICTED THEMSELVES TO THE MINISTRY OF THE SAINTS
  • David
    Jesus came to heal those who believed in his ability to heal. He was the new wine, so to speak. But he knew his time on earth was short and made sure the whole world at that time new of his ministry, which was pure but couched in the mysteries og God. Thus he spoke in parables, ie. The kingdom of God is like such and such. Thus those with faith to be healed were healed. Their doubts were gone
  • Irene123
    Now, to me, knit-picking is taking a scripture(s) and taking IT apart - to mean what it doesn't. What I've done is only quoted scripture - as is. Acts 2:37 - the people asked a simple SINCERE question and Peter, with the 'keys' Jesus had given him - answered them - and - 3,000 were added - THAT DAY!!! Okay, now show where I knit picked here ................
  • Wayne
    There are those who " 'knit pick' " about other scriptures , such as " in the name of", not heeding the words of the Lord. One must really be careful when reasoning with others. God Bless.
  • Irene123
    This 'knit-picking' is what Jesus got onto the Pharisees about, Matt23:23; "you have omitted the weightier matters ... ", i.e. salvation, love, compassion, .........
  • Irene123
    Why do people knit-pick on scriptures that have nothing to do with salvation ..... ?

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