Things the Lord Hates – Part 2

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6: 17, (NASB)


Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood

Solomon continues from haughty eyes to more things God hates and puts his finger on lying and shedding innocent blood. The Lord sees our thoughts as well as our intentions, hears our speech, and views our actions. There’s no hiding anything from Him. Thank you Lord for Your patience and grace as we desire to grow in You.

The Tongue

A lying tongue is speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly. It is with an intent to deceive, to hurt the character of a neighbor, or even to flatter a friend. Ion in us. Yes, lying is detestable to God and must be as detestable to us. *

The Hands

Detestable are the hands that shed innocent blood or commit murder. Mosaic law (see Deuteronomy 19:8-10) described how to protect the innocent (the apparent murderer and the victim). The Lord knows the intentions of the heart (see Hebrews 4:12).

It’s a daily challenge to speak the truth in love and not to even utter a “white lie.” But we must avoid missing the mark with God. We must not lie. Until we are face-to-face with Jesus, we will continue to struggle with this issue. Thank You Lord for Your patience and grace as we desire to grow in you.

Prayer: Father, help me keep from missing the mark when I speak. I love your grace so freely given. I praise you for standing beside me all time. You are amazing indeed.

*John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, Proverbs 6,

Things the Lord Hates

In Your Bible: Proverbs 6: 16-19

In the middle of Proverbs Chapter 6, Solomon states common but offensive character traits that we must be aware of in our lives. Again, we look at pride, the first of a list of seven sins which Solomon vividly says God hates. We must guard against doing anything that is detestable in God’s sight.

Read and Heed

Solomon uses specific parts of the body to reveal the impact of how the eyes, hands, heart, feet, and especially tongue or speech reveal character that is not what God wants us to show others. Here is the entire passage:

There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests:

Haughty eyes,

A lying tongue,

Hands that kill the innocent,

A heart that plots evil,

Feet that race to do wrong,

A false witness who pours out lies,

A person who sows discord in a family
(Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT)

Pride in Us

In the following blogs, we will examine more sins God hates/detests. Here, the wording haughty eyes, implies pride, an attitude that uplifts ourselves and downplays the value of others. Even worse, pride inhibits our ability to receive grace, until we acknowledge our weakness and seek God’s grace. *

Pride is a stumbling block for believers. Whether subtle or blatantly obvious, when pride shows its ugly head, God is not pleased. We must guard against doing anything that is detestable in God’s sight.

Prayer: Father, thank you for revealing what most displeases you. With your help and the Holy Spirit, I will seek your face and humble myself daily. Selah.

*Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers, Proverbs 6 at

God’s Wisdom

In Your Bible: Proverbs 4:4-6

Solomon tells believers to understand the importance of God’s Wisdom. Notably, wisdom is mentioned 352 times in the Bible (in Proverbs 97 times, Ecclesiastes 35 times, and none in Song of Solomon). Over one third were written by Solomon! We must get God’s wisdom and understanding from the Word and the Holy Spirit.

Acquire Wisdom

Solomon repeatedly mentions what his father, David, taught him:

  • His sayings, the words of his mouth
  • All the lessons he taught
  • Many of the psalms were instructions, called Maschils * in Hebrew

Then he [David]taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
 Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you” (Proverbs 4:4-6 NASB).

Get Understanding Too

As Solomon was taught by King David, believers must also be taught to:

  • Receive these teachings to gain wisdom
  • Hold fast and do not let go of them
  • Obey them to increase the knowledge God gives us

Absorb this instruction for advice and correction. Welcome it. A soul without true wisdom and the saving belief in Jesus Christ falls short. Let us heed the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. We must get God’s wisdom and understanding from the Word and the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Father, you have given us the words of life and words of wisdom, help me hold fast to them and be an implement useful to you. Selah.

* Commentary by Matthew Henry, Proverbs 4: 4-9 at,


Reject Pride – Receive Grace

In Your Bible: Proverbs 3: 34,35

Solomon declares that mockers of sin or those who reject the Word are considered as fools by the Lord! A more current understanding here is these people are prideful – full of pride. God resists the proud, those with arrogance or a pharisaical spirit. Praise God, grace is imparted to the humble believer.

Reject Pride

He mocks proud mockers
 but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
The wise inherit honor,
 but fools get only shame (Proverbs 3:34,35 NIV).

Don’t be confused. Believers are to be confident (but not proud) of their position in Christ. They know they in are secure hands. Our inheritance is being part of God’s family, grafted in through Christ Jesus. It’s truly a wonderful thing. Selah.

Receive Grace

Grace sanctifies, justifies, pardons, and adopts. These pure gifts for believers come without any merit motive, or condition on our part. God gives them liberally. *

What a contrast Solomon shows. Honor is given for the wise [trustworthy and dedicated believer] but fools [the proud and mockers] receive only shame. Believers have chosen the best and the right path in God’s eyes. Grace is imparted to the humble believer.

Prayer: Father, you are so generous with your love and grace. Thank you. Each day I take joy in praising You.

*John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, Proverbs 3:34,35, at


Private Counsel

In Your Bible: Proverbs 3:32

Solomon continues warnings against the perverse man who walks in sinful a path. The warning is also for people who try to divert you from a righteous path of living for God. The good news is that believers who remain steadfast in character are rewarded with His intimate counsel.

A Warning

For the devious are repulsive to the Lord;
But His private counsel is with the upright
[those with spiritual integrity and moral courage].
Proverbs 3:22 AMP

The writer of Proverbs often uses the words devious or crafty or cunning as a warning to be aware of being drawn away from God’s ways. Too often we miss this warning! What is a believer to do? Remain of upright integrity! This is a condition for a good life with God. The Lord actually hates deviousness!

Solomon uses the words private counsel, it’s also said to be secret counsel, which holds great meaning for believers. Here we see how the Lord loves to communicate with us, even at our side. This is the secret for our inner man. Selah.

We need to heed the fear the Lord. Remain in awe of the Lord God Almighty.

The secret [of the wise counsel] of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will let them know His covenant and reveal to them [through His word] its [deep, inner] meaning (Psalm 25:14 AMP).

Integrity Rewarded

The writer of Proverbs tells the believer that upright integrity is rewarded in an amazing manner! The Lord honors spiritual integrity with private counsel! What more incentive is there than God’s intimate advice whenever we ask:

 Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish (Jeremiah 33:3 AMP).

God talks to the righteous—believers who remain steadfast in character—and they are rewarded with His intimate council.

Prayer: Father, your promises written by Solomon guide me to embrace spiritual integrity, and good moral courage.

Acts of Stewardship

In Your Bible: Proverbs 3:27, 28

Proverbs contains many wise sayings, often as one or two verses (couplets). These sayings may not be grouped together, which makes reading them seem choppy and difficult to grasp. My goal is to select key verses, clarify some of the content and see parallel scriptures. Let’s glean God’s message in Proverbs.

Be Generous

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due [its rightful recipients],
When it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,” 
When you have it with you (Proverbs 3:27, 28 AMP).

Stewardship should be guided by the Holy Spirit. Some versions associate Proverbs 3:27, 28 only with giving money, but the context is much larger. It could be in the form of helping, comforting with a word, or spending time with a person who needs it. It’s our readiness and willingness to help others.

God’s Perspective

As believers we are to follow the teaching of Christ. As an example, do justly, love mercy, walk humbly and hold on to things loosely (see also Micah 6:8). The Apostle Paul said it too:

So then, while we [as individual believers] have the opportunity, let us do good to all people [not only being helpful, but also doing that which promotes their spiritual well-being], and especially [be a blessing] to those of the household of faith (born-again believers) from Galatians 6:10 Amplified Bible (AMP).

Divine favor is shown to the humble believer who looks at things from God’s perspective. Let’s glean God’s message in Proverbs.

Prayer: Father, what a message you reveal when you ask to watch for ways to help others. Thank you, help me listen for your Spirit and follow your lead.

Discipline of the Lord

In Your Bible: Proverbs 3: 11,12

As the Israelites wandered in the desert, they received harsh discipline from God for disobedience. Moses also taught that obedience would be rewarded with blessings. In a milder tone, Solomon said, “Do not do this” and “Do this.” The frequency of the “Do not do this” could make the proverbs difficult to take in.

However, whether it is from Moses, Solomon, or Jesus our Lord, lessons on obedience are words we need to heed.

Discipline is Necessary

Solomon, teaches believers that we learn from the discipline or correction God brings—and he will bring it! We must be wise in God’s ways. Solomon uses endearing words on this subject we often would rather not face. However, the writer of Proverbs speaks to us [lovingly] as children.

Discipline Shows God’s Love

What is the purpose of discipline or correction? Solomon tells us in succinct wording — it shows God loves us and even delights in us. Through correcting what we do, he allows us to make our ways more like his. If we are not corrected, we could assume that we are on our own. A dangerous place to be.

Commentators * relate that Proverbs is a wonderful departure from the Deuteronomy 28 account where Moses harshly confronts the Israelite nation for their actions of disobedience. Solomon confronts disobedience sternly yet with compassion.

Solomon uses the word “son” to show our relationship with God is endearing. It’s intended to be corrective — not punishment from God. However, all God’s children must, without exception, submit to God’s discipline.

My son, do not reject or take lightly the discipline of the Lord [learn from your mistakes and the testing that comes from His correction through discipline];
Nor despise His rebuke,
For those whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:11,12 AMP).

What an amazing progression from Moses, Solomon, and to Jesus our Lord—lessons on obedience are words we need to heed.

Prayer: Father, thank you for showing me the purpose of obedience. I know these commands give opportunity for me to continue to receive your love—especially when I need correction.

* Matthew Henry, Commentary, Proverbs 3:11,12,