Haughty eyes, a deceitful mouth, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are ready to rush into wickedness, a false witness who pours forth lies, and a person who stirs up community dispute are six things the Lord despises.
We have a pretty clear declaration in Proverbs about what God despises. Let's have a peek.
1. Haughty eyes: Haughty eyes is about pride, which God despises. The eyes are the portals of a person's pride. “That person looks down on me!” is a phrase used to describe someone who looks down on you. That's the haughty eye, and it's brimming with arrogance. The first sin, pride, may be traced all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Man aspired to be like God (note the arrogance) rather than to be with God. He regarded God with contempt.
2. A liar's tongue: A liar's tongue serves as a reminder that all words matter. All of our words have repercussions, and God will judge them all. This is why we are cautioned in Proverbs 18:21 that the tongue has the power of life and death. We tread on the magnificence and dignity that God has bestowed on all humans when we lie.
3. innocent blood shed by hands: Innocence does not imply sinlessness. To shed innocent blood, on the other hand, is to take the life of someone who has done nothing deserving of death. God loves the innocent and wants us to protect them.
4. A heart that devises evil schemes: God reminds us throughout Scripture that He alone searches the heart. God knows what we are thinking, and he sees the plans and objectives that all individuals have in their hearts.
5. Feet that are quick to rush into evil: Rushing into evil demonstrates a strong desire to participate in evil and a strong desire to enjoy it. God despises those who take pleasure in evil. Many individuals enjoy witnessing evil but would never consider committing it themselves. God has said no.
6. a liar who testifies falsely: This refers to perjury. However, when the book of Proverbs talks about a false witness, the premise is far more than just avoiding lying. This is about making the appropriate confession. The word confession literally means "to express the truth that God has revealed."
7. a person who causes a ruckus in the neighborhood: The person who purposely fosters discord is the pinnacle of wickedness. It's the kind of battle that takes place in secret and is perpetrated by someone who refuses to appeal through proper channels or subject to proper authority. Someone who creates disagreement solely for the sake of creating conflict.
Now, since God despises these things in this text (and He does! ), it follows that he despises the exact opposite. In other words, if God despises arrogant eyes, it follows that he adores humble eyes. What does God love if he despises lying tongues? A trustworthy mouth. Those who shed innocent blood are hated by God, but those who defend the innocent are loved. How much more does he love the heart that works toward virtue if he hates the heart that devises wicked schemes? How much does God adore feet that run towards righteousness if he despises feet that hurry towards evil? He must love a true witness if he despises a false witness! If he despises people who cause strife,how much more does he love those who sow unity and peace? At the end of the day, the Proverbs writer is asking us to consider: What kind of people are we striving to be? May we strive to be those who practice what God loves!
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