Proverbs 6:12-19 “A worthless and wicked person walks around saying perverse things; he winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, and points with his fingers; he plots evil with perverse thoughts in his heart, he spreads contention at all times. Therefore, his disaster will come suddenly; in an instant he will be broken, and there will be no remedy. There are six things that the LORD hates, even seven things that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who spreads discord among family members.”

Verses 12-15 are almost like an introduction to the seven things the Lord hates. We’re told not to be a wicked person, because bad things will happen to us. Some of those bad things could be because the Lord wants to discipline us, but much of the bad will come because we’re being stupid! A wicked person lies. A wicked person wants to cause conflict. A wicked person makes accusations and spreads innuendo, sometimes without even speaking! Have you ever seen the consequences of those actions come back against the ones doing them? Don’t be a wicked person!

And that brings us to the seven things that the Lord literally abhors:

  • Being proud instead of humble.
  • Lying, instead of telling the truth.
  • Violence against the innocent (like the unborn?).
  • Meditating on evil, instead of on good (specifically on God’s Word, as we read elsewhere).
  • Acting out those evil thoughts.
  • Lying again, but this time specifically about others (with reference to the courtroom).
  • Causing conflict in the midst of God’s people (for us, the church).

Psalm 1:1-2 “How blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand in the pathway with sinners, or sit in the assembly of scoffers. Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.”

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