According to the Bible, sacrifice is the act of offering something valuable or meaningful to God as an act of worship, obedience, or atonement for sins. Sacrifices were a central aspect of the religious practices in the Old Testament and are frequently mentioned throughout the Bible.

There are different types of sacrifices in the Bible, including Animal Sacrifices, Grain and Meal Offerings, Fellowship Offerings, Sin Offerings, Guilt Offerings, Burnt Offerings, and Redemption Sacrifices.

Bible verses about sacrifice.
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In Genesis, we find Abraham willing and nearly sacrificing his only son  Isaac to prove his faith and trust in God. However, God provides a lamb at the last minute and asks Abraham to sacrifice it instead.

The concept of sacrifice takes on a new dimension in the New Testament. God offers us the ultimate sacrifice His son, Jesus who is crucified on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.  The focus shifts from external ritualistic sacrifices to the internal transformation of the heart through faith in Christ.

As Christians, we believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection give us salvation through which we are reconciled with God. But how do we practice sacrifice today as Christians? We practice sacrifice by giving the Lord our time, our resources, and our efforts for the accomplishment of His mission here on earth.

Here is a list of Bible verses about sacrifice

Romans 12:1

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

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Hebrews 13:15-16

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

Psalm 50:14

“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High.”

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 15:13

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Mark 10:45 

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Hosea 6:6 

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

1 Corinthians 10:24

“No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”

Matthew 16:24

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'”

Mark 12:33

“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Psalm 51:17

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”

Bible verses about sacrifice.
This is a Bible verse from the book of Psalm 50:14.

Hebrews 9:28

“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

Ephesians 5:2

“And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Titus 2:14 

“Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

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Micah 6:6-8

“With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 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.”

Hebrews 10:10

“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

1 Samuel 15:22

“But Samuel replied: ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.'”

Psalm 107:22

“Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.”

Isaiah 1:11

“The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me?’ says the Lord. ‘I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.'”

Psalm 4:5

“Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.”

Psalm 116:17

“I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.”

Philippians 4:18

“I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.”

Psalm 51:19

“Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.”

Psalm 141:2

“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”

1 John 4:10

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

Matthew 9:13 

“Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

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Matthew 9:13

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

1 Peter 2:5

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

Bible verses about sacrifice.
This is a Bible verse from the book of 1 Corinthians 10:24.

Jeremiah 6:20

“What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me.”

Hebrews 11:4

“By faith, Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.”

Proverbs 15:8

“The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.”

Isaiah 53:10

“Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.”

Malachi 1:11

“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me because my name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

Hebrews 10:5-7

“Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, “Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.”

2 Chronicles 29:31

“Then Hezekiah said, ‘You have now dedicated yourselves to the Lord. Come and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the temple of the Lord.’ So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings.”

Colossians 2:14

“Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.”

Hosea 6:6

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

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Romans 8:32

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

Exodus 20:24

“Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.”

Psalm 4:5

“Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.”

Romans 15:16

“To be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Bible verses about sacrifice.
This is a Bible verse from the book of Hosea 6:6.

Genesis 8:20-21

“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.'”

Romans 6:13

“Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.”

1 Kings 8:62-63

“Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices before the Lord. Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the Lord: twenty-two thousand cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the Israelites dedicated the temple of the Lord.”

Psalm 50:23

“Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”

Hebrews 13:16

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

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Deuteronomy 12:27

“Present your burnt offerings on the altar of the Lord your God, both the meat and the blood. The blood of your sacrifices must be poured beside the altar of the Lord your God, but you may eat the meat.”

Hebrews 9:14

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”

Psalm 107:22

“Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.”

1 Corinthians 5:7-8

“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

Genesis 22:2

“Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.'”

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

Bible verses about sacrifice.
This is a Bible verse from the book of Psalm 107:22.

Romans 3:25

“God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”

Proverbs 3:9 

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;”

Jonah 2:9 

“But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”