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Micah 6:6-7

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6:6 With what should I 1  enter the Lord’s presence?

With what 2  should I bow before the sovereign God? 3 

Should I enter his presence with burnt offerings,

with year-old calves?

6:7 Will the Lord accept a thousand rams,

or ten thousand streams of olive oil?

Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion,

my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? 4 

1 sn With what should I enter the Lord’s presence? The prophet speaks again, playing the role of an inquisitive worshiper who wants to know what God really desires from his followers.

2 tn The words “with what” do double duty in the parallelism and are supplied in the second line of the translation for clarification.

3 tn Or “the exalted God.”

4 tn Heb “the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul.” The Hebrew term נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) is often translated “soul,” but the word usually refers to the whole person; here “the sin of my soul” = “my sin.”



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