Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great
delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is
better than sacrifice, and
to hearken than the fat of rams.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
And Lebanon is
not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his
neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are
not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
He that killeth an ox is as if
he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if
he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered
swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if
he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
They sacrifice flesh for
the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but
the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.
When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
To do justice and judgment is
more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been
continually before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor
he goats out of thy folds. For every beast of the forest is
the cattle upon a thousand hills. read more.
I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
The sacrifice of the wicked is
abomination: how much more, when
he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
To what purpose is
the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is
iniquity, even the solemn meeting. read more.
Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them
: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. read more.
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?