What the Lord Hates and What We Should Love

Posted: October 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

There are things that God hates. I know that God is love, but that doesn’t mean he lacks hatred. He hates sin, and evil, and wickedness, and a host of other things. In Proverbs 5:16–19 we read a partial list of what the Lord hates. After reading the list as presented in Proverbs, I have found it helpful to express the ideas presented in verses 16–19 in positive terms. I’ll do that below.

To begin, Proverbs 6:16–19 is quoted in full below (from the English Standard Version; ESV).

16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

As stated above, the things the Lord hates are as follows:

1. Haughty (prideful) eyes.

2. False speech.

3. Harming the innocent.

4. Hearts (or wills) that develop wicked plans.

5. People who run to evil.

6. Falsely testifying against a person.

7. Sowing disunity.

This is a good list for us to consider as we seek to “hate what is evil and cling to what is good” (Rom. 12:9). At the same time, it is helpful to state things more positively. If God hates the above, what might he love that stands in contrast?

1. Humble eyes.

2. Truthful speech.

3. Protecting the innocent.

4. Developing upright plans.

5. Fleeing from evil.

6. Testifying truthfully.

7. Fighting for unity.

Considering Proverbs 6:16–19 as stated in Scripture is the best place to begin. After all, that is the way that God inspired the author to communicate. At the same time, considering what the positive side of things might look like seems to be a helpful exercise. Doing this warns us to hate and stay away from the things the Lord hates while encouraging us to practice the things that stand in contrast to the things hated.

So, we do not simply hate the things God hates. We also try and practice those things which seem to be pleasing in his sight.


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