Proverbs 6:16-19 NASB
“There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.”
I find that it is strange how this particular Scripture is often used to validate that God rightly detests the shedding of innocent blood, which is easily and correctly associated with the taking of innocent lives in abortions, yet the other six things or characteristics are too frequently overlooked.
HAUGHTY EYES – When a person is haughty, they have a big attitude and act like they are better than other people. A haughty person acts superior, boasts of their own abilities and looks down on others. Haughty people can be disdainful, overbearing, prideful, bullies, and obnoxious.
A LYING TONGUE – Simply defined, a lie is a statement (or act) that is made (or carried out) with the deliberate goal of deceiving or misleading. Lying involves intent; it involves “conceiving and uttering from the heart”. Lying intends not only to deceive for their own gain, but to hurt others by deception.
HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD – The phrase “innocent blood” appears in the Bible 17 times, with only one of those occurrences in the New Testament (Matthew 27:3-4) and it is a reference to murder, which can easily be associated with the taking of innocent lives with the act of an abortion of a unborn child.
A HEART THAT DEVISES WICKED PLANS – The “heart” in the Bible is the core of the human person. It is from the heart that “the issues of life” flow (Proverbs 4:23, NKJV). “A heart that devises wicked plans” therefore speaks of a person who deliberately plans to act wickedly, who spends his/her time devising wickedness to perform.
FEET THAT RUN RAPIDLY TO EVIL – This is a person who expends great energy in their pursuit of evil or wickedness, who protects, savours and delights in evil.
A FALSE WITNESS WHO UTTERS LIES – This speaks of a person who utters falsely in any matter, lying, equivocating, and in any way devising and designing to deceive our neighbour. Speaking unjustly against our neighbour, to the prejudice of his/her reputation.
ONE WHO SPREADS STRIFE AMONG BROTHERS – This is a person who spreads strife or discord among friends or family. Someone who divides rather than fostering unity within.
ALL of these things or characteristics are an abomination to God.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!