“There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Let’s look at these things the Lord hates again.

Arrogance is number one on the list. God is concerned about highself-esteem. “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought” (Romans 12:3).

Lying is numbers two and six. “A lying tongue” is speaking of a habitual liar. “A false witness” is perjury—lying under oath.

Murder of innocent people is number three. This murder is a special kind of murder, including abortion.

Premeditated evil is number four. Immediate, unpremeditated evil is number five.

Sowing discord among brothers is number seven. Although these are all very common today, it is the last I would like to draw to your attention. Stirring up dissension may be unintentional, or it may be the result of gossip. It is the cause of church splits, family fights, and unhappy communities. It is communication made up of lies, half-truths, and innuendoes, and it is communicated about people instead of to the people.


Written September 1994.

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