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

New Living Translation
God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law.

English Standard Version
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

New American Standard Bible
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

King James Bible
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law-- even his prayer is detestable.

International Standard Version
If someone quits listening to the Law even his prayer is detestable.

NET Bible
The one who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that shuts his ears that he will not hear the Law, even his prayer is defiled.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Surely the prayer of someone who refuses to listen to [God's] teachings is disgusting.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

King James 2000 Bible
He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

American King James Version
He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

American Standard Version
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that turneth away his ears from hearing the law, his prayer shall be as abomination.

Darby Bible Translation
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

English Revised Version
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

World English Bible
He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is turning his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - He that turneth away his ear from hearing the Law. He who refuses to hearken to and to practise the dictates of the Divine law (comp Proverbs 1:20. Even his prayer shall be abomination (comp. Proverbs 15:8, and note there). "God heareth not sinners" (John 9:31). Such a man's prayer, if he does pray, is not hearty and sincere, and therefore, lacks the element which alone can make it acceptable. He will not resolve to forsake his favourite sin, even while paying outward worship to the God whoso Law he breaks: what wonder that the prophet so sternly denounces such offenders (Isaiah 1:11. etc.), and the psalmist cries with terrible rigour, "When he shall be judged, let him be condemned; and let his prayer become sin" (Psalm 109:7)? St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 10:27), "Our heart blames us in offering up our prayers, when it calls to mind that it is set in opposition to the precepts of him whom it implores, and the prayer becomes abomination, when there is a 'turning away' from the control of the Law; in that wrily it is meet that a man should be a stranger to the favours of him to whose bidding he will not be subject." And again (ibid., 18:9, 10), "If that which he bids we do, that which we ask we shall obtain. For with God both these two do of necessity match with one another exactly, that practice should be sustained by prayer, and prayer by practice" (Oxford transl.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law,.... Not merely the moral law, but the word of God in general, and any and every doctrine of it; though the law is to be heard and attended to, what it commands and forbids, its precepts, menaces, and curses: indeed the Spirit of God is not received by the hearing of the law, nor does faith come by that; but by hearing the word of God, particularly the Gospel; which yet then turn away their ears from, and are turned to fables, and choose to hearken to anything rather than that; and, like the deaf adder, stop their ears to the voice of the charmer, charming ever so wisely; the folly and sad effects of which will be seen when too late;

even his prayer shall be abomination; that is, to God; not only his ungodly actions, but even his outward exercises of religion, which carry in them some show of goodness and holiness; and particularly his prayer to God, which in upright persons is the delight of the Lord; yet in such an one it will be abhorred by him; when he is in distress, and shall pray to the Lord, he will not only turn a deaf ear to him, as he has to his law or word, but he will despise and abhor him and his prayer; because he has set at nought his counsel, and despised his reproof, Proverbs 1:24.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. (Compare Pr 15:8; 21:27).

hearing—that is, obeying. God requires sincere worshippers (Ps 66:18; Joh 4:24).

Proverbs 28:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor. 9He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. 10He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.…
Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

Psalm 66:18
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

Psalm 109:7
When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.

Proverbs 10:3
The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

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

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

Isaiah 41:24
But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; whoever chooses you is detestable.
Treasury of Scripture

He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

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Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry …

Isaiah 1:15,16 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Isaiah 58:7-11 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Zechariah 7:11-13 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

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Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Psalm 109:7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.

Luke 13:25-27 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

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