What Does the Lord Require?
b "With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before c God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
d Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
e Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and f what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to g walk humbly with your God?
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the Lord, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them.
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
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.
2 Kings 3:27
Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel. And they withdrew from him and returned to their own land.
2 Kings 16:3
But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even burned his son as an offering, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.
2 Kings 21:6
And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.
2 Kings 23:10
And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, that no one might burn his son or his daughter as an offering to Molech.
You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.