Matthew 12:7
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New International Version
If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.


New American Standard Bible
"But if you had known what this means, 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,' you would not have condemned the innocent.


King James Bible
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you had known what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent.


International Standard Version
If you had known what 'I want mercy and not sacrifice' means, you would not have condemned the innocent,


American Standard Version
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.


Douay-Rheims Bible
And if you knew what this meaneth: I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: you would never have condemned the innocent.


Darby Bible Translation
But if ye had known what is: I will have mercy and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.


Young's Literal Translation
and if ye had known what is: Kindness I will, and not sacrifice -- ye had not condemned the blameless,
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Context
The Lord of the Sabbath

1At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. 2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, Behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath day. 3But he said to them, Have you not read what David did, when he was an hungered, and they that were with him; 4How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the show bread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5Or have you not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 6But I say to you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Cross References
1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, Has 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 listen than the fat of rams.


Hosea 6:6
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.


Matthew 9:13
But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.


Mark 12:33
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 neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.


Treasury of Scripture

But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.

if.

Matthew 9:13 But go you and learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous...

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Acts 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not...

I will. That is, I desire, or require mercy, or acts of humanity, rather than sacrifice.

Isaiah 1:11-17 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? said the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams...

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Micah 6:6-8 With which shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings...

condemned.

Job 32:3 Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

Psalm 94:21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

Psalm 109:31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifies the wicked, and he that comdemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

James 5:6 You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.

Strong's Concordance
But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
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