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Anon Hsv 119VII/2 — eigi ‘not’

Blót né fórnir        þarf eigi til batnaðar at hafa
        fyrir afgerðir ýta;
heimskr er sá,        er ætlar sér til hjálpar,
        þótt hann sæfi smala,
þvít eins guðs elska        ok aldyggvir siðir
        bæta um gervan glæp.

Þarf eigi at hafa blót né fórnir til batnaðar fyrir afgerðir ýta; sá er heimskr, er ætlar sér til hjálpar, þótt hann sæfi smala, þvít eins guðs elska ok aldyggvir siðir bæta um gervan glæp.

It is not necessary to have sacrifices nor offerings as atonement for men’s transgressions; he is foolish who thinks it is a help for him when he sacrifices [small] livestock, because the one God’s love and very trustworthy morals compensate for a misdeed performed.

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