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Proverbs 21:27

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable— how much more so when brought with evil intent!

Read Proverbs 21:27 Using Other Translations

The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent.
The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable, especially when it is offered with wrong motives.

What does Proverbs 21:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 21:27

The sacrifice of the wicked [is] abomination
That is, to the Lord, as in ( Proverbs 15:8 ) ; and as it is here added in the Septuagint and Arabic versions; how much more, [when] he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
the Arabic version is, "with a mind alien from the law"; or when it is not brought according to law; when it is a corrupt thing, that which is torn, lame, or sick, or robbery for burnt sacrifice; when it is done with an evil intention, to cover sin, to atone for without repenting of it or forsaking it; that they may go on in sin with impunity, and be allowed to commit it; for which cause Balak and Balsam offered sacrifices, which is the instance Jarchi produces; and indeed every religious action not done in faith, and love, and sincerity, and with a view to the glory of God, but in hypocrisy and with selfish views, in order to procure acceptance with God and justification in his sight; setting aside the righteousness, sacrifice, and satisfaction of the son of God, is done with a wicked mind, and is an abomination to the Lord. Some render it, "even though he brings it diligently", or "with great art and skill" F9; is constant at his devotion, and carries it so artfully, and with such a show of religion, as to deceive men, yet he cannot deceive the Lord.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (hmzb) "solerter", De Dieu.
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