All seven of these things are hated by God because any one of the seven can mar the godliness and beauty of your life. "These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19) God hates these things because they violate every principle of decency, morality and godliness. They are sins against both God and man.


          God hates a proud look. God is never pleased with prideful, haughty things.  Pride is an offense against the holiness of God. Pride always leads to unkindness and irreverence. “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.” (Psalm 10:4)

          God hates a lying tongue. A lying tongue destroys through untrue statements. Lying always comes from an impure heart. Lies always hurt. They destroy good names, disappoint, and hurt others and God. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

          God hates hands that shed innocent blood. Shedding innocent blood shows an ultra lack of sympathy for God's creation. Those who shed innocent blood are out of tune with their Maker. Abortion is definitely the shedding of innocent blood. “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” (Genesis 9:6)

          God hates a heart that devises wicked plans. Such a life is spiritu­ally rotten inside. When the heart is wicked the life will be wicked.  Some hearts are so bad they are always inventing ways to do evil. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

          God hates feet that are swift in running to evil. Some are eager to do that which is unholy. They do not wait for evil, they do not walk to evil; instead they run to evil. They not only do wrong but they do it eagerly. A prophet of God wrote, “That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.” (Micah 7:3)

          God hates a false witness that specks lies. Because of false witnesses good men have suffered and evil men have escaped. A slanderer is a thief; he robs others of good reputations and the confidence of friends. “A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.” (Proverbs 14:5)

          God hates one who sows discord among the brethren. This person tries to undo the good done by faithful brethren. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1)

     Christians must hate what God hates and love what God loves. To become a Christian hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus (Mark 16:16), repent of sins (Acts 17:30), confess Christ as Lord (Acts 8:37), and be baptized for remission of sins. (Acts 2:38)  After baptism allow Christ to be formed in you. (Galatians 4:19)


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, 306 Walnut Street, Greenville, Alabama 36037