But if you had known what this means, I want mercy, and not sacrifice,a you would not have condemned the guiltless. Bible see other translations
From Hosea 6:6

“I want mercy, and not sacrifice.” See commentary on Hosea 6:6 for more understanding as to why Jesus quoted that verse. Also, he quoted it once before under different circumstances in Matthew 9:13.

Commentary for: Matthew 12:7