Proverbs 28:9
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.

Berean Study Bible
Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
God cannot stand the prayers of anyone who disobeys his Law.

Good News Translation
If you do not obey the law, God will find your prayers too hateful to hear.

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.

New Heart English Bible
He 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

New American Standard 1977
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even he has made his prayer abominable.

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.
Study Bible
The Boldness of the Righteous
8He who increases his wealth by interest and usury lays it up for another, who will be kind to the poor. 9Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable. 10He who leads the upright along the path of evil will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.…
Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.

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

Psalm 109:7
When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayer be regarded as sin.

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

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

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

Isaiah 41:24
Behold, you are nothing and your work is of no value. Anyone who chooses you is detestable.

Treasury of Scripture

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

turneth

Proverbs 21:13
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

Isaiah 1:15,16
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood…

Isaiah 58:7-11
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? …

even

Proverbs 15:8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

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.







Lexicon
Whoever turns
מֵסִ֣יר (mê·sîr)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5493: To turn aside

his ear {away}
אָ֭זְנוֹ (’ā·zə·nōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 241: Broadness, the ear

from hearing
מִשְּׁמֹ֣עַ (miš·šə·mō·a‘)
Preposition-m | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

the law,
תּוֹרָ֑ה (tō·w·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8451: Direction, instruction, law

even
גַּֽם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

his prayer
תְּ֝פִלָּת֗וֹ (tə·p̄il·lā·ṯōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8605: Intercession, supplication, a hymn

is detestable.
תּוֹעֵבָֽה׃ (tō·w·‘ê·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8441: Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol
(9) Even his prayer shall be abomination.--See above on Proverbs 15:8.

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.). 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.
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