Proverbs 15:8
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.

Berean Study Bible
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

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

New King James Version
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
The LORD is disgusted by gifts from the wicked, but it makes him happy when his people pray.

Good News Translation
The LORD is pleased when good people pray, but hates the sacrifices that the wicked bring him.

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.

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

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD; But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

New American Standard 1977
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The sacrifices of the ungodly are an abomination to the Lord; but the prayers of them that walk honestly are acceptable with him.

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.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but not so the hearts of fools. 8The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight. 9The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but He loves those who pursue righteousness.…
Cross References
Leviticus 7:18
If any of the meat from his peace offering is eaten on the third day, it will not be accepted. It will not be credited to the one who presented it; it shall be an abomination, and the one who eats of it shall bear his iniquity.

Proverbs 10:24
What the wicked dreads will overtake him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.

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

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

Proverbs 21:3
To do righteousness and justice is more desirable to the LORD than sacrifice.

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

Proverbs 28:9
Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.

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

Isaiah 1:11
"What is your multitude of sacrifices to Me?" says the LORD. "I am full from the burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed cattle; I take no delight in the blood of bulls, of lambs and goats.

Jeremiah 6:20
What use to Me is frankincense from Sheba or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please Me."

Micah 6:7
Would the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Haggai 2:14
Then Haggai replied: "So is this people, and so is this nation before Me, declares the LORD, and so is every work of their hands; and whatever they offer there is defiled.

Treasury of Scripture

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 bringeth it with a wicked mind?

Proverbs 28:9
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Isaiah 1:10-15
Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah…

the prayer

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

1 Chronicles 29:17
I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

Psalm 17:1
A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.







Lexicon
The sacrifice
זֶ֣בַח (ze·ḇaḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2077: A slaughter, the flesh of an animal, a sacrifice

of the wicked
רְ֭שָׁעִים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

is detestable
תּוֹעֲבַ֣ת (tō·w·‘ă·ḇaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8441: Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol

to the LORD,
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

but the prayer
וּתְפִלַּ֖ת (ū·ṯə·p̄il·laṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

of the upright
יְשָׁרִ֣ים (yə·šā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3477: Straight, right

is His delight.
רְצוֹנֽוֹ׃ (rə·ṣō·w·nōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7522: Goodwill, favor, acceptance, will
(8) The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord.--And their prayers also (Isaiah 1:11). The worthlessness of sacrifice without obedience (comp. 1Samuel 15:22) may be here especially mentioned, because men are apt to think that what involves cost and trouble must be pleasing to God, even when not accompanied with what alone He cares for, a loving heart.

The prayer of the upright is his delight.--Even when offered by itself, without sacrifice.

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. 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.
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