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Six Things That the Lord Hates, Seven That are an Abomination to Him

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                                      Six Things The Lord Hates                  2/24/08 a.m.

                           Seven That Are An Abomination To Him

               Pr 6:16-19


I often have people make the statement to me that, “the Lord doesn’t hate” to which I have to reply that yes He most defiantly does hate.

There are some things that the Lord finds absolutely disgusting and literally abhors.


To think that the Lord does not hate is to have a bad misconception of the charter and nature of the Lord.

If our conception of the Lord is flawed then our discernment, discretion of right and wrong, good and bad will be in error. 

The word of God states plainly on many separate occasions that there are certain things that the Lord defiantly hates.

Pr 6:16-19    16     These six things the Lord hates,

     Yes, seven are an abomination to 8Him:

17      A proud look,

     A lying tongue,

     Hands that shed innocent blood,

18     A heart that devises wicked plans,

     Feet that are swift in running to evil,

19     A false witness who speaks lies,

     And one who  sows discord among brethren.

16     These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:


1hate \ˈhāt\ n

often attrib [ME, fr. OE hete; akin to OHG haz hate, Gk kēdos care] bef. 12c

1     a      intense hostility and aversion usu. deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury

     b      extreme dislike or antipathy loathing 〈had a great hate of hard work〉

2           an object of hatred 〈a generation whose finest hate had been big business —F. L. Paxson〉


2hate vb

hat•ed; hat•ing vt bef. 12c

1           to feel extreme enmity towardhates his country’s enemies〉

2           to have a strong aversion to find very distastefulhated to have to meet strangers〉 〈hate hypocrisy〉 vi to express or feel extreme enmity or active hostilityhat•er n —hate one’s guts to hate someone with great intensity


syn hate, detest, abhor, abominate, loathe mean to feel strong aversion or intense dislike for.

hate implies an emotional aversion often coupled with enmity or malice 〈hated the enemy with a passion〉.

detest suggests violent antipathydetests cowards〉.

abhor implies a deep often shuddering repugnance 〈a crime abhorred by all〉.

abominate suggests strong detestation and often moral condemnationabominates all forms of violence〉.

loathe implies utter disgust and intoleranceloathed the mere sight of them〉.

Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, Inc.


abomination 8441 תֹּועֵבָה [tow`ebah, to`ebah /to·ay·baw/] n f. Act part of 8581; TWOT 2530a; GK 9359; 117 occurrences; AV translates as “abomination” 113 times, “abominable thing” twice, and “abominable” twice. 1 a disgusting thing, abomination, abominable. 1a in ritual sense (of unclean food, idols, mixed marriages). 1b in ethical sense (of wickedness etc).[1]

There are things that the Lord literally feels extreme enmity toward

There are things that the Lord literally has a strong aversion to & finds very distasteful

There are things that the Lord literally expresses or feels extreme enmity or active hostility toward.

There are things that the Lord literally has a deep, shuddering repugnance for.

There are things that the Lord literally finds disgusting,

There are things that the Lord literally has utter disgust & intolerance for.

There are things that the Lord literally and strongly detests

There are things that the Lord literally and morally condemns.


Today we will look at 7 of these things.





17     A proud look,

      to exalt oneself, magnify oneself.


syn proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors.


proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness 〈too proud to take charity〉.

arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted 〈a conceited and arrogant executive〉.

haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position 〈a haughty aristocrat〉.

lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power 〈a lordly condescension〉.

insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness 〈ignored by an insolent waiter〉.

overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence 〈an overbearing supervisor〉.

supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness 〈an aloof and supercilious manner〉.

disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousnessdisdainful of their social inferiors〉.[2]


            Ps 101:5   The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure.

            Pr 21:4     A haughty look, a proud heart,  And the plowing of the wicked are sin.


Rather than being proud we should be humble


Prov 18:12   Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.

A lying tongue,



pres part of lie


2lying adj

[ME leghynge, prp. of lien to lie] 14c marked by or containing falsehoods false 〈a lying account of the accident〉

Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, Inc.      


Ps 120:2   2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips   And from a deceitful tongue.


Ex 20:16    16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.


Ex 23:1-2, 7-8    “You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an  unrighteous witness. 2  You shall not follow a crowd to do evil;  nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.

7  Keep yourself far from a false matter;   For  I will not justify the wicked. 8 And  you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous.


Rather than lying we should speak the truth in love

Eph 4:29   9  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but  what is good for necessary edification,  that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Col 4:6   6 Let your speech always be  with grace,  seasoned with salt,  that you may know how you ought to answer each one.


Hands that shed innocent blood,

            The shedding of innocent blood is the actual murder of someone, the overlooking of murder, the causing of murder, and the hatred of someone


The shedding of innocent blood is the actual murder of someone

 Ex 20:13    13     “You shall not murder.

Ex 23:7    7 do not kill the innocent and righteous. For  I will not justify the wicked. 

Ex 21:22-25    “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall  pay as the judges determine. 23 But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Le 18:21   And you shall not let any of your descendants  pass through  the fire to Molech,

MOLECH,  An idol of the Ammonites,[3]


The shedding of innocent blood is the overlooking of murder of someone

Le 20:1-5   Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2  “Again, you shall say to the children of Israel:  ‘Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall  stone him with stones. 3 I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name. 4 And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives some of his descendants to Molech, and they do not kill him, 5 then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech.

Pr 17:15   15     He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,

                                    Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

Le 19:17   You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.


The shedding of innocent blood is the causing of the actual murder of someone,

 Mt 27:3-4    3  Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty  pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”


The shedding of innocent blood is the hatred of someone

1 Jn 3:14-15     15  Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.


Rather than murder, hate, and bearing grudges we are to love one another.

Le 19:17, 18   17  ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. 

18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people,  but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

18          A heart that devises wicked plans,     The thinking or planning of evil

 Ge 6:5   5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every  intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.


  Ps 36:4     4     He devises wickedness on his bed;  He sets himself  in a way that is not good;   He does not abhor  evil.

  Pr 24:2    For their heart devises violence,   

Je 18:18   18 Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah;  for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come and let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.”


Mk 14:1   After  two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death.


Rather than having a mind centered on bad things we should have a mind centered on good things


2 Cor.10:5    every thought is to brought into subjection of Christ

We are to meditate on things pure holy, righteous

Php 4:8-9   8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are  true, whatever things are  noble, whatever things are  just,  whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and  the God of peace will be with you.

Feet that are swift in running to evil,    The actual performing of evil----to do evil


2 Ki 5:20-24    20 But  Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”

22 And he said, “All is  well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.’ ”

23 So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. 24 When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed.

19      A false witness who speaks lies,


Ps 101:5       5     Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy;

Ps 27:12   2     Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;

     For  false witnesses have risen against me,

     And such as breathe out violence.

 Pr 19:5   A  false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape.

And one who  sows discord among brethren.

Le 19:16   16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people;

 gossip or slanderer, lit. whisperer


Jud 16-19   16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they  mouth great swelling words,  flattering people to gain advantage. ….mockers who … walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual (worldly) persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.


 Pr 6:14   14     Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord.


Discordlack of love; disagreement

Discord & strife are caused by contention & slander

Prov. 26:20, 21   20     Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;

                                    And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

21     As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,

                                    So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22     The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles,

                                    And they go down into the inmost body.

Discord & strife are caused by Envy     

1 Cor. 3:3  For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not

                   carnal and behaving like mere men?

Discord & strife are caused by lies     Prov. 6:16–19

Discord & strife are Excited by

a.     Hatred. Pr 10:12.

b.     Pride. Pr 13:10; 28:25.

c.     Wrath. Pr 15:18; 30:33.

d.     Frowardness. Pr 16:28.

e.     A contentious disposition. Pr 26:21.

f.     Tale-bearing. Pr 26:20.

g.     Drunkenness. Pr 23:29,30.

h.     Lusts. Jas 4:1.

i.     Curious questions. 1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 2:23.

j.     Scorning. Pr 22:10. [4]


Discord & strife leads to

a.     Blasphemy. Le 24:10,11.

b.     Injustice. Hab 1:3,4.

c.     Confusion and every evil work. Jas 3:16.

d.     Violence. Ex 21:18,22.

e.     Mutual destruction. Ga 5:15.


Pr 17:14  14     The beginning of strife is like releasing water;

                        Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

Discord & strife are shameful in saints. 2Co 12:20; Jas 3:14.


Pr 17:19    9     He who loves transgression loves strife,

                                    And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.

 Ga 5:19-21   19 Now  the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that  those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Promoters of Discord & strife should be expelled.


Pr 22:10. 10      Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;

                         Yes, strife and reproach will cease.

1 Ti 6:4-5   4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From  such withdraw yourself.

2 Th 3:14   But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  that you withdraw  from every brother who walks  disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and  do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.

 Tit 3:9-11   9 But  avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. 10  Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.


Ro 16:17   17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those  who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and  avoid them.



8 Lit. His soul

n n: noun

f f: feminine

TWOT Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament

GK Goodrick-Kohlenberger

AV Authorized Version

[1]Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.) (H8441). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

[2]Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary. Includes index. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, Inc.

[3]Swanson, J., & Nave, O. (1994). New Nave's. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems.

[4]Torrey, R. (1995, c1897). The new topical text book : A scriptural text book for the use of ministers, teachers, and all Christian workers. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos research Systems, Inc.

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