Bible Quote of the Day – February 4, 2019

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“Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the LORD requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

– Micah 6:8 (Christian Standard Bible)

Alternate translations

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”(NIV)

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (ESV)

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”(KJV)

Meaning the quote

All mankind needs to do is love God with all their heart, follow his commandments and live righteously. That’s it.

Jesus said…

“Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’””

– Matthew 22:37-39

Putting the verse in the context of the chapter from which it was derived, the prophet was speaking to Israel, reminding them of their neglect of loving God with all their heart and worshiping no other gods, as is the first commandment, as they were prone to idol worship. The prophet is also pointing out that burnt offerings and sacrifices are not going to make the difference because they are not what God truly desires from us. God wants to be loved and worshiped and wants mankind to follow his Ten Commandments. These are the things that truly matter.

“To do righteousness and justice is more desirable to the LORD than sacrifice.”

– Proverbs 21:3

Related verses

“And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,”

– Deuteronomy 10:12

“This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for My salvation is coming soon, and My righteousness will be revealed.”

– Isaiah 56:1

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”

– Hosea 6:6

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

– James 2:20