Proverb for the Day 6:16-19 — He Hates It When I Do That!

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 person who stirs up conflict in the community.
This extended wise saying point out 7 things God hates when we do them. It should be noted that they are the “things the LORD hates…that are detestable to Him.” He doesn’t hate us!

Interestingly, this list of detestable activities is very similar to the previous wise saying (:12-15). It’s possible Solomon created one or both them at different times. Or maybe one or the other was simply a well-known proverb in that day.

Both lists also reference activities based on human body parts – eyes, tongue, hands, heart and feet. In each case, these activities are things we do that can be hurtful to others.

The first list discusses a “troublemaker and a villain.” This list describes the things any of us are capable of doing – and they’re the same things! We all have it in us to do the dumbest stuff.

So, today, let’s choose to do good things which can make a positive impact in the lives of others. And let’s also try to not tick God off!