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Everyone wants to think of God and His love (1 Jn. 4:8, 16). But God is a God who also hates. There can be no love without hate in this world of sin. We cannot think all about love in life and not consider those things that destroy love. There are many sins which God hates, but Solomon speaks ofsix, indeed, seven:“There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19). Do you love what God loves and hate what God hates?
These sins are abominations, that is, things that bring ruin to the beauties of life and love. God hates them because He loves the life that He created. He hates them because people are made in His image and His holy heart is grieved when men made in His image are treated in ruinous ways by their fellows. Are you prepared to hate what God hates?
Remember that Proverbs is the book of wisdom. Therefore it is not only good and right to hate these 7 abominations, it is also wise, and “wisdom is better than jewels” (Prov. 8:11). Wisdom is the skill which God imparts, to those who seek it in Christ (1 Cor. 1:30, Col. 2:3), so that they will live to the glory of God, the good of their fellow-men, and their brothers and sisters in the family and the kingdom.
Being found in the wisdom literature of the OT, we are not surprised to see the poetic character of this easily-memorable section of Scripture. First, notice the bodily progression: the head-the mind, the tongue, the hands. Then there is, at the center, the reference to the heart, which is truly the center of our life (Prov. 4:21). Then he takes up the body parts again with reference to the feet. The section closes with the 6th and 7th abominations revealing a person going about with his or her feet telling lies and sowing discord and strife in order to turn others away from their brothers.
All of these are hateful sins, from pride to discord and everything in between. But the chief sin is pride. It stands at the head in more ways than one.
“It is a tumor in the mind that breaks and poisons all your actions. It is a worm in your treasure which eats and ruins your estate. It loves no man and is loved by no man….It is the friend of the flatterer, the mother of envy, the nurse of fury, the sin of devils, and the devil of mankind. It hates superiors, scorns inferiors, it allows no equals. Until you hate it, God hates you.”
And the greatest abomination is the last one – sowing discord or spreading strife among brothers. In this common expression of Hebrew poetry: “six things, yes, seven,” the emphasis is being laid on the seventh ~ this is the chief abomination. Pride ultimately destroys human relationships. But there is another thought to consider. The human race is viewed as a brotherhood. The first murder (of Abel), and all social sins that followed, particularly the sins of Jacob’s sons, all speak of the ruin of human relationships. “Brothers,” a word which speaks of unity and harmony among those of like mind, especially in the church of Christ, or in a nuclear family, or true friends, are special. The relationships are precious, and should be treasured. The one who would destroy them, that is, the proud person who spreads strife among them, is hated by the Lord.
So if we would love the things that God loves and hate the things that He hates, here are 6, indeed 7 sins for which we will be on the lookout! The lookout focuses on our hearts, and then examines all that we do and say with our tongues, hands, and feet. These 7 things have rightly been compared to the beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5. The first beatitude commends the blessedness of being poor in spirit. Here is God’s answer to our self-assertive pride. The last beatitude commends the blessedness of the peacemakers, God’s answer to troublemaking. Proverbs 6:16-19 shows the curse of sin at work in the human heart and mind, and in our bodily members, whereby we break His holy Law – the Ten Commandments, defy the blessedness of the Kingdom which Jesus calls men to – the beatitudes, and destroys the magnificent fruit produced by the Spirit. Christ redeems us from the curse, yes from these seven abominable sins. But we must hate them and seek His grace in Christ to turn from them. Let’s love what God loves and hate what He hates, especially in ourselves.