They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate.
Here learn —
1. That hypocrites are generally great professors: they profess great knowledge of God, and great zeal for Him.
2. That to deny God is a very heinous sin, and an abominable wickedness: there is a twofold denial of God; first in words, expressly and openly; secondly, in practice, closely and consequentially; "They profess that they know God; but in words they deny Him." There may be at once a professing of God, and a denial of Him; many a man's practice speaks loud, that there is no God, when he makes a fair confession and profession of Him with his mouth and tongue.
3. That no sorts of persons are so odious to God, and abominable in His sight as those who make a profession of His holy name and truth, but walk contrary in their lives to that profession.
(W. Burkitt, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.