There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
The word haughty is defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘blatantly and disdainfully proud.’ The word is always used in the Bible in the evil sense of ‘arrogant, condescending and setting oneself above others’; and is set in contrast to being humble.
Haughty eyes are said to be sin in Proverbs 21:4, along with a proud heart. To have haughty eyes is to have an arrogant demeanor; it’s an overall attitude of one’s heart that causes one to ridicule or ‘looks down’ on others. The haughty person just like Satan, sets himself above others, and ultimately above God.
When we are haughty, we become the center of attention and everything revolves around us. There is little, if any, concern for what others think and no consideration for God. In pride and haughtiness, is where all sin starts.
When Jesus, who is co-equal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit from eternity past encountered people whose lives were an absolute mess, He didn’t look down on them with disapproval. He told them: “Come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).
And in Isaiah 66:2 we find these words from the Lord: “Has not my hand created all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
While pride always distances us from others, humility draws people close. Jesus came in humility because His mission involved drawing people back to God. Because God loves humility, He hates haughty eyes.
A LYING TONGUE
Lying involves willfully making statements that are false. It reveals a lack of godliness, because a righteous man hates falsehood, but a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully (Proverbs 13:5).
Lying is a mark of an unfaithful person, because a trustworthy witness will not lie, but a false witness utters lies (Proverbs 14:5).
Liars love impure conversation and an evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue (Proverbs 17:4). Liars beware because; their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to put away the old self with its practices, which includes lying (Colossians 3:9).
HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD
The definition of shedding innocent blood in reference to this scripture is to murder someone who has no blame. Since we are created in the image of God, those who shed innocent blood have disregard not only for human life, but also for God Himself, and the Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit (Psalm 5:6).
Abortion is something that is prevalent in our world today that exactly fits the description of the scripture that talks about “the hand that sheds innocent blood”. Babies are innocent and have done nothing that is worthy of death, but so many people feel that they have the right to kill a child because of the inconvenience they might cause.
The Bible tells us you shall not murder (Exodus 20:13)
The greatest example we see in scripture of the loss of innocent life is Jesus. When He was killed, even the man who sentenced him to death knew that there was nothing Jesus had done wrong to deserve to die. (Matthew 27:23-24)
A HEART THAT DEVISES WICKED PLANS
Wickedness is defined as something ‘which is morally wrong and with a deliberate intention to hurt people’.
This encompasses thinking or plotting evil against any individual for personal benefit or other evil intentions. Any sin is a wicked plan, but the heart of an evil man continually schemes to bring others to ruin, whether physically or spiritually.
The heart devises evil plans, due to the craftiness and temptations of the devil. Those “who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips” (Psalm 140:2-4).
And, for it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come —sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:21-23)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Therefore, every intentions and reflections of the man’s heart is naturally evil if he doesn’t have a close relationship with his Creator and Savior – “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
FEET THAT RUN RAPIDLY TO EVIL
Those, whose feet are quick to rush into evil, display no resistance whatsoever to sin and they will perish.
The Word tells us to: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11).
We are to walk by the Spirit, and not gratify the desires of the flesh, (Galatians 5:16). And not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
We are to “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
A FALSE WITNESS WHO UTTERS LIES
We’ve already seen that God hates “a lying tongue.” Here we have a more specific type of lying. God hates a false witness – someone who commits perjury, accusing an innocent person of something that they didn’t do.
The prohibition against bearing false witness is the ninth of the Ten Commandments, and the New Testament is equally condemning of it. Because, a false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will perish (Proverbs 19:9).
Christians are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and, as such, we reflect His nature. We have been released from our “old self” with its evil practices such as lying and bearing false witness.
ONE WHO SOWS STRIFE AMONG BROTHERS
In many situations strife among brothers and even within the church seems unavoidable, but anyone who purposely causes disruption to peace in the body of Christ displeases God, since that person gives reason for others to sin and for them to sin further (1 John 2:9–11; 4:19–21).
People, who gossip or slander others, usually feel fully justified in what they’re saying. But whether or not a person feels justified in what they are saying is beside the point. God hates it when someone spreads strife. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t deal with conflict or admonish each other. But we should do so in a way that minimizes the strife.
Jesus very intently sought unity among His followers. Jesus prayed for unity among His followers (John 17). As a matter of fact, Jesus prayed that His disciples would have the same degree of unity and single-mindedness as He had with the Father.
There should be unity above all in the family because: “The man who divorces his wife,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.” (Malachi 2:16)
In closing, God has the cure for all these sins if we want to honor Him. Here are just a few of them.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
And lastly: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)