New International Version
If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.
King James Bible
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Darby Bible Translation
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an 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.
Proverbs 28:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law - Many suppose, if they do not know their duty, they shall not be accountable for their transgressions; and therefore avoid every thing that is calculated to enlighten them. They will not read the Bible, lest they should know the will of Good; and they will not attend Divine ordinances for the same reason. But this pretense will avail them nothing; as he that might have known his master's will, but would not, shall be treated as he shall be who did know it, and disobeyed it. Even the prayers of such a person as this are reputed sin before God.
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LibraryTwo Coverings and Two Consequences
A Sermon (No. 3500) by C. H. Spurgeon, April 4th, 1875, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. Published February 24th, 1916. "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper."--Proverbs 28:13. "Thou Hast covered all their sins."--Psalm 85:2. In these two texts we have man's covering, which is worthless and culpable, and God's covering, which is profitable and worthy of all acceptation. No sooner had man disobeyed his Maker's will in the garden of Eden than he discovered to his surprise and dismay …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
He Does Battle for the Faith; He Restores Peace among those who were at Variance; He Takes in Hand to Build a Stone Church.
"And There is None that Calleth Upon Thy Name, that Stirreth up Himself to Take Hold on Thee,"
God's Law Immutable
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.
If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.
The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; whoever chooses you is detestable.
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