“For I desired mercie, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more then burnt offerings.”
King James Version (KJV)
3. Then shal we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared, as the morning; & he shall come vnto vs, as the raine; as the latter and former raine vnto the earth. 4. ¶ O Ephraim, what shall I doe vnto thee? O Iudah, what shall I do vnto thee? for your goodnesse is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. 5. Therefore haue I shewed them by the Prophets: I haue slaine them by the wordes of my mouth, and thy iudgements are as the light that goeth foorth. 6. For I desired mercie, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more then burnt offerings. 7. But they like men haue transgressed the Couenant: there haue they dealt treacherously against me. 8. Gilead is a city of them that worke iniquitie; and is polluted with blood. 9. And as troupes of robbers waite for a man, so the company of priestes murther in the way by consent: for they commit lewdnesse.