What Does the Lord Require?
With what shall I come before the LORD,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
i Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand j rivers of oil?
k Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has l shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But m to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
I will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.
When my steps were bathed with cream, And the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!
And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 20:1 - 5
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying.
2 Kings 16:3
But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel; indeed he made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out from before the children of Israel.
And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart.
For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and even sacrificed their sons whom they bore to Me, passing them through the fire, to devour them.
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 and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
1 Samuel 15:22
So 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 heed than the fat of rams.
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.
"For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him."
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.