New American Standard Bible
When God heard, He was filled with wrath And greatly abhorred Israel;
King James Bible
When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:
Darby Bible Translation
God heard, and was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:
World English Bible
When God heard this, he was angry, and greatly abhorred Israel;
Young's Literal Translation
God hath heard, and sheweth Himself wroth. And kicketh exceedingly against Israel.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
When God heard this - literally, "God heard;" that is, he understood this; he was acquainted with it. He heard their prayers addressed to false gods; he heard their praises sung in honor of idols.
He was wroth - This is language taken from the common manner of speaking among people, for language derived from human conceptions and usages must be employed when we speak of God, though it may be difficult to say what is its exact meaning. The general sense is that his conduct toward them was as if he was angry; or was that which is used by a man who is displeased.
And greatly abhorred Israel - The idea in the word rendered abhorred is that of rejecting them with abhorrence; that is, the reference is not merely to the internal feeling or emotion, but to the act which is the proper accompaniment of such an internal feeling. He cast them off; he treated them as not his own. The addition of the word "greatly" shows how intense this feeling was; how decided was his aversion to their conduct.
Among such sins of the first table is that described in our text. It is consequently one of the masterpieces of iniquity, and we shall do well to purge ourselves of it. It is full of evil to ourselves, and is calculated to dishonor both God and man, therefore let us be in earnest to cut it up both root and branch. I think we have all been guilty of this in our measure; and we are not free from it even to this day. Whether we be saints or sinners, we may stand here and make our humble confession that …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
"The Sun of Righteousness"
A Jealous God
'I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you.
"Then the LORD heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and took an oath, saying,
"For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the LORD was wrathful against you in order to destroy you, but the LORD listened to me that time also.
"The LORD saw this, and spurned them Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters.
God will hear and answer them-- Even the one who sits enthroned from of old-- Selah. With whom there is no change, And who do not fear God.
You have spurned the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown in the dust.
Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against His people And He abhorred His inheritance.
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