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? 1
6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good,
and what the Lord really wants from you: 2
He wants you to 3 promote 4 justice, to be faithful, 5
and to live obediently before 6 your God.
1 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.”
2 sn What the
3 tn Heb “except.” This statement is actually linked with what precedes, “What does he want from you except….”
4 tn Heb “to do,” in the sense of “promote.”
5 tn Heb “to love faithfulness.”
6 tn Heb “to walk humbly [or perhaps, “carefully”] with.”