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The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29, NKJV). How often it is that a person looks to the Lord when in dire straits, but how often it is (also) when that one in a difficult circumstance refuses to hear the Lord when He appeals to us through His word. In such circumstance, the Lord may hear the prayer, but we are told here that He will not answer it. “The verb “hear” (שָׁמַע, shama’) has more of the sense of ‘respond to’ in this context” (NET study note). On the other hand, those who love the Lord, hear His word and obeys His will not only has the Lord’s ear, but a response from the Lord is certainly in the petitioner’s future. RT