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Proverbs 28:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He that turneth away his ear from hearing instruction, even his prayer, is an abomination.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Whoso is turning his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer [is] an abomination.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that turneth away his ears from hearing the law, his prayer shall be an abomination.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— He that turneth away his eare from hearing the law, euen his prayer [shalbe] abomination.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even he has made his prayer abominable.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He that turneth away 5493
{5493} Prime
A primitive root; to turn off (literally or figuratively).
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
his ear 241
{0241} Prime
From H0238; broadness, that is, (concretely) the ear (from its form in man).
from hearing 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
the law, 8451
{8451} Prime
From H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch.
even x1571
(1571) Complement
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
his prayer 8605
{8605} Prime
From H6419; intercession, supplication; by implication a hymn.
[shall be] abomination. 8441
{8441} Prime
Feminine active participle of H8581; properly something disgusting (morally), that is, (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 28:9

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 21:27).

_ _ hearing — that is, obeying. God requires sincere worshippers (Psalms 66:18; John 4:24).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 28:9

_ _ Note, 1. It is by the word and prayer that our communion with God is kept up. God speaks to us by his law, and expects we should hear him and heed him; we speak to him by prayer, to which we wait for an answer of peace. How reverent and serious should we be, whenever we are hearing from and speaking to the Lord of glory! 2. If God's word be not regarded by us, our prayers shall not only not be accepted of God, but they shall be an abomination to him, not only our sacrifices, which were ceremonial appointments, but even our prayers, which are moral duties, and which, when they are put up by the upright, are so much his delight. See Isaiah 1:11, Isaiah 1:15. The sinner whose prayers God is thus angry at is one who wilfully and obstinately refuses to obey God's commandments, who will not so much as give them the hearing, but causes his ear to decline the law, and refuses when God calls; God will therefore justly refuse him when he calls. See Proverbs 1:24, Proverbs 1:28.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 28:9

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] (d) abomination.

(d) Because it is not of faith which is grounded on God's word or law which the wicked contemn.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

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. ... Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
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? ... And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Zechariah 7:11-13 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. ... Therefore it is come to pass, [that] as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; ... And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.


Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.
Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me]:
Psalms 109:7 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
Luke 13:25-27 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: ... But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity.
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Ps 66:18; 109:7. Pv 15:8; 21:13. Is 1:15; 58:7. Zc 7:11. Lk 13:25. 2Ti 4:3.

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