Proverbs 15:8
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New International Version
The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

New Living Translation
The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.

English Standard Version
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

New American Standard Bible
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

King James Bible
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

International Standard Version
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

NET Bible
The LORD abhors the sacrifices of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah despises the sacrifices of the evil and his pleasure is in the prayer of the upright.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A sacrifice brought by wicked people is disgusting to the LORD, but the prayers of decent people please him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

King James 2000 Bible
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

American King James Version
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

American Standard Version
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; But the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The victims of the wicked are abominable to the Lord: the vows of the just are acceptable.

Darby Bible Translation
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah; but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

English Revised Version
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

World English Bible
The sacrifice made by the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Young's Literal Translation
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah, And the prayer of the upright is His delight.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:3. Secret sins, services, and sorrows, are under God's eye. This speaks comfort to saints, and terror to sinners. 4. A good tongue is healing to wounded consciences, by comforting them; to sin-sick souls, by convincing them; and it reconciles parties at variance. 5. If instruction is despised, reprove men rather than suffer them to go on undisturbed in the way to ruin. 6. The wealth of worldly men increases their fears and suspicions, adds strength to their passions, and renders the fear of death more distressing. 7. We use knowledge aright when we disperse it; but the heart of the foolish has nothing to disperse that is good. 8,9. The wicked put other things in the stead of Christ's atonement, or in the place of holy obedience. Praying graces are his gift, and the work of his Spirit, with which he is well pleased. 10. He that hates reproof shall perish in his sins, since he would not be parted from them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord. The costly sacrifice of the wicked is contrasted with the prayer, unaccompanied with sacrifice, of the upright. The first clause occurs again in Proverbs 21:27, and virtually in Proverbs 28:9. But in the latter passage the prayer of the wicked is denounced as abomination. Sacrifice, as legal and ceremonial, would be more naturally open to the charge of deadness and unreality; while prayer, as spontaneous and not legally enjoined, might be deemed less liable to for realism; all the more hateful, therefore, it is if not offered from the heart. The worthlessness of external worship without obedience and devotion of the heart is often urged by the prophets (see 1 Samuel 15:22; Isaiah 1:11, etc.; Jeremiah 6:20; Hosea 5:6; Amos 5:22; see also Ecclus. 31:18, etc.). The lesson was needed that the value of sacrifice depended upon the mind and disposition of the offerer, the tendency being to rest in the opus operatum, as if the external action was all that was necessary to make the worshipper accepted. This text was wrested by the Donatists to support their notion of the inefficacy of heretical baptism. St. Augustine replied that the validity of the sacrament depended not on the spiritual condition of the minister, but on the appointment of Christ. The text has also been applied to confirm the opinion that all the acts of unjustified man are sin. The truer view is that God's grace does act beyond the limits of his visible Church, and that the inspiration of the Holy Spirit concurs with the free will of man before he is formally justified. The second clause recurs virtually in ver. 29.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,.... Even those sacrifices which were of divine appointment under the former dispensation, when offered by wicked men, without faith in Christ, without any sense of sin, repentance for it, and reformation from it; when these were used as a cloak for sin, under which they sheltered and satisfied themselves, and went on in sin; when they brought them "with a wicked mind", as in Proverbs 21:27; when either what they brought were not according to the law, the lame and the blind; or were not their own, but robbery for burnt sacrifice; or supposing that these would atone for their sins of themselves; when either of these, or all this, was the case, it was an abomination to the Lord; see Isaiah 1:11. Wherefore much more must Pagan sacrifices be an abomination to him; which were not of his appointing, and were offered to devils, and not to him; and which were many of them very inhuman and shocking; as giving a man's firstborn for his transgression, and the fruit of his body for the sin of his soul: and so likewise Papal sacrifices, the sacrifice of the mass; the bloodless sacrifice, the offering up again of the body and blood of Christ, they pretend to; which, as it is wicked and blasphemous, is an abomination to the Lord, and perhaps is chiefly intended. Sacrifice may stand for every religious duty performed by a wicked man, being hypocritically done, and with no good view; and all their good works, which seem to be so; and are either not according to the word and will of God, being never commanded by him, of which sort are many among the Papists; or they are not done in faith, and so sin, and do not spring from love to God; but are done with a heart full of enmity to him, and are not directed to his glory: in short, whatever is done by them, let it have ever such an appearance of devotion and goodness; yet if it is placed in the room of Christ, and used to the setting aside of his righteousness, satisfaction, and sacrifice, it is an abomination to the Lord;

but the prayer of the upright is his delight: the prayer of such, whose hearts are right with God; who have right spirits renewed in them; are Israelites indeed; have the truth of grace and root of the matter in them; are honest, sincere, and upright in heart: the prayer of such, which is an inwrought one, wrought in his heart by the Spirit of God, and so comes from God, and is his own breathing in him, must be well pleasing to him; that which is fervent, earnest, and importunate, which cometh not out of feigned lips, but from the heart, and is put up with a true heart, in the sincerity of it; the prayer of faith, the cry of the humble; the prayer which is addressed to God as a Father, in the name of Christ the Mediator, which comes perfumed with the incense of his mediation, introduced with the celebration of the divine perfections, contains humble confessions of sin and unworthiness, ascribes all blessings to the grace of God, and expresses thankfulness for favours received, is very acceptable and delightful to God; though it is the prayer of a poor, mean, despicable creature in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others, Psalm 102:17. This stands opposed to the pompous rites and ceremonies, the gaudy worship and costly sacrifices, of wicked men; such as used by the Papists.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8, 9. The sacrifice [and] prayer—are acts of worship.

way … followeth … righteousness—denote conduct. God's regard for the worship and deeds of the righteous and wicked respectively, so stated in Ps 50:17; Isa 1:11.

Proverbs 15:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so. 8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. 9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness.…
Cross References
Leviticus 7:18
If any meat of the fellowship offering is eaten on the third day, the one who offered it will not be accepted. It will not be reckoned to their credit, for it has become impure; the person who eats any of it will be held responsible.

Proverbs 10:24
What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.

Proverbs 15:7
The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.

Proverbs 15:29
The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 21:3
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Proverbs 21:27
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!

Proverbs 28:9
If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

Ecclesiastes 5:1
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

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.

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."

Micah 6:7
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?

Haggai 2:14
Then Haggai said, "'So it is with this people and this nation in my sight,' declares the LORD. 'Whatever they do and whatever they offer there is defiled.
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The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

sacrifice

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he …

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

Isaiah 1:10-15 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law …

Isaiah 61:8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; …

Isaiah 66:3 He that kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrifices a …

Jeremiah 6:20 To what purpose comes there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet …

Jeremiah 7:21-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings …

Amos 5:21,22 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn …

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit …

the prayer

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

Psalm 17:1 Hear the right, O LORD, attend to my cry, give ear to my prayer, …

Songs 2:14 O my dove, that are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places …

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