If I regard wickedness in my heart,
The Lord will not hear;
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.
“So when you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you multiply prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood.
We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
“For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off,
When God requires his life?
“Be careful, do not turn to evil,
For you have preferred this to affliction.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
The Lord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be answered.