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Proverbs 15:8

Context
NETBible

The Lord abhors 1  the sacrifices 2  of the wicked, 3  but the prayer 4  of the upright pleases him. 5 

XREF

1Ch 29:17; Ps 17:1; Pr 15:29; Pr 21:27; Pr 28:9; So 2:14; Isa 1:10-15; Isa 61:8; Isa 66:3; Jer 6:20; Jer 7:21-23; Am 5:21,22; Joh 4:24

NET © Notes

tn Heb “an abomination of the Lord.” The term יְהוָה (yÿhvah, “the Lord”) functions as a subjective genitive: “the Lord abhors.” Cf. NIV “the Lord detests”; NCV, NLT “the Lord hates”; CEV “the Lord is disgusted.”

tn Heb “sacrifice” (so many English versions).

sn The sacrifices of the wicked are hated by the Lord because the worshipers are insincere and blasphemous (e.g., Prov 15:29; 21:3; 28:9; Ps 40:6-8; Isa 1:10-17). In other words, the spiritual condition of the worshiper determines whether or not the worship is acceptable to God.

sn J. H. Greenstone notes that if God will accept the prayers of the upright, he will accept their sacrifices; for sacrifice is an outer ritual and easily performed even by the wicked, but prayer is a private and inward act and not usually fabricated by unbelievers (Proverbs, 162).

tn Heb “[is] his pleasure.” The 3rd person masculine singular suffix functions as a subjective genitive: “he is pleased.” God is pleased with the prayers of the upright.



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