Proverbs 21:3

3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Read Proverbs 21:3 Using Other Translations

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.

What does Proverbs 21:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 21:3

To do justice and judgment
The moral duties of religion, what is holy, just, and good, which the law requires; what is agreeably to both tables, piety towards God, and justice to men; that which is just and right between man and man; which, especially if done from right principles and with right views, [is] more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice;
not than any sacrifice; than the sacrifice of a broken heart, or the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, or of acts of goodness and beneficence, or of a man's whole self to the Lord; but than ceremonial sacrifices; which, though of divine institution, and typical of Christ, and when offered up in the faith of him, were acceptable to God, while in force; yet not when done without faith and in hypocrisy, and especially when done to cover and countenance immoral actions; and, even when compared with moral duties, the latter were preferable to them; see ( 1 Samuel 15:22 ) ( Mark 12:33 ) .

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