But go and learn what this means:
‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
For I have not come to call the righteous,
~ Matthew 9
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God
rather than burnt offerings.
~ Hosea 6
From 2616 kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty: - favour, good deed (-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-) kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity, reproach, wicked thing.
The fourth of the Ten Sefirot -- chesed -- precedes all others because it is the only one that is unconditional and unmotivated.
From 2076 properly a slaughter, that is, the flesh of an animal; by implication a sacrifice (the victim or the act): - offer (-ing), sacrifice.
The theological importance of the word chesed is that it stands more than any other word for the attitude which both parties to a covenant ought to maintain towards each other.