Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Posted by Pastor Bob Bannister
As I was recently studying these verses from the Proverbs God's word really spoke to me as I was reading and really thinking not only about the context of these four verses in general, but more importantly about what the Scriptures were speaking to me specifically. Generally it is a very easy target to point to the political process going on in America during these days of debate prior to the coming election. There is so much “mud slinging” that it would be entertaining on some level if it were not for the issue of sin involved with these presidential candidates. Sinful activity itself should not ever be reduced to a level of entertainment for those who are the true faithful followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pro 6:16-19 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: (17) Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, (18) A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, (19) A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
Here is what Barnes has to say about these verses:
A new section, but not a new subject. The closing words, “he that soweth discord” (Pro_6:19, compare Pro_6:14), lead us to identify the sketch as taken from the same character. With the recognized Hebrew form of climax (see Pro_30:15, Pro_30:18, Pro_30:24; Amo_1:1-15; 2; Job_5:19), the teacher here enumerates six qualities as detestable, and the seventh as worse than all (seven represents completeness), but all the seven in this instance belong to one man, the man of Belial Pro_6:12. Albert Barne's Notes on the Bible
Matthew Henry writes about these verses also:
...These things which God hates, we must hate in ourselves; it is nothing to hate them in others. Let us shun all such practices, and watch and pray against them; and avoid, with marked disapproval, all who are guilty of them, whatever may be their rank. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
Mr. Henry really says it like it is: These things which God hates-we must hate in ourselves. Both political parties in America are such easy targets for us to criticize, Henry reminds us that "it is nothing to hate them in others" in reference to the sin in others. However we must disapprove, regardless of their rank-the sin glorified by these people.
Let's finish our introduction with this quote from McGee:
The idea that we are to be charitable to the guilty is abroad in our land because we don't have the courage to go through with a strong program of punishment. That is the thing that is corrupting and wrecking our society today. God is willing to punish the guilty. God is not afraid of public opinion. God doesn't run from any appearance of offending men. God is no coward. God says that by no means will He clear the guilty. His laws are inviolate and inexorable. J. Vernon McGee
Pro 6:16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
This six/seven pattern is one that is used in several places in Scripture. The Bible Knowledge Commentary explains the pattern like this:
The six… seven pattern is also used in Job_5:19, and a similar pattern of other numbers plus one is used in Pro_30:15-16, Pro_30:18-19, Pro_30:21-31. The purpose of this kind of numerical pattern (x and x + 1) is not to give a complete list. Instead it is to stress the final (x + 1) item, as the culmination or product of its preceding items. Bible Knowledge
The Bible tells us to love the good things and to hate the evil things. There is a time to love and a time to hate.
Ecc 3:8 A time to love and a time to hate;
The post-modern church can sometimes fill their parishioners with incorrect doctrine. It certainly feels good if all one talks about is God's love, but this is not the full story.
It is unbelievable to some folk that God could hate. They consider Him as only a God of love. The reason they have this kind of reaction is the result of following a deductive reasoning based on the syllogistic method of reasoning. The major premise is that God is love. That is true. The minor premise is that love is the opposite of hate, and that is also true. Then the conclusion they draw is that God cannot hate anything, but that is not true. God is love, but He hates evil. J. Vernon McGee. Vernon McGee
Verse 16 uses the term “abomination”. Let's properly define this term:
Feminine active participle of H8581; properly something disgusting (morally), that is, (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol: - abominable (custom, thing),
Here are some verses from elsewhere in Scripture to go aong with verse 16:
Pro 8:13 "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Rev 21:27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Psa 11:5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Pro 6:17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,
Again in the context of the current American political situation it is quite easy to target at least one of the candidates for each of the above things which God hates, as all these things have been proven true. We must however as God's children, put our pride in check as we may indeed be guilty of some of these very things (as far as shedding innocent blood-at least in our hearts). Let's look at the Hebrew definition of haughty:
A primitive root; to be high actively to rise or raise (in various applications, literally or figuratively): - bring up, exalt (self), extol, give, go up, haughty, heave (up), (be, lift up on, make on, set up on, too) high (-er, one), hold up, levy, lift (-er) up, (be) lofty, (X a-) loud, mount up, offer (up), + presumptuously, (be) promote (-ion), proud, set up, tall (-er), take (away, off, up), breed worms.
This quote is quite insightful:
A proud look,.... Or, "eyes elated" (d); scorning to look down upon others; or looking upon them with disdain; or reckoning them as unworthy to be looked upon, having an high opinion of their own worth and merit. Pride is the first of the hateful things mentioned; it being the first sin committed, as is probable, the sin of the angels, and of the first man; and is a predominant evil in human nature, and is directly opposite to God and to his nature, and against which he sets himself; for "he resisteth the proud", Jas_4:6; the pride of the heart shows itself in the eyes, or by the looks of a man; Gersom says, the phrase denotes impudence and haughtiness;
a lying tongue; that is the second of the hateful things; a tongue speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly, with an intention to deceive others; to hurt the character of a neighbour, or to flatter a friend, is a most detestable evil; it ought to be so to men, it must be so to God, who is a God of truth: nor is there anything in which a man more resembles the devil, who is the father of lies;
and hands that shed innocent blood; human blood; and that of persons who have not been guilty of any capital sin, for which they ought to die by the laws of God or men, and yet shed or poured out as common water; such hands must be defiled, and such men must be hateful to God, they destroying his image, and being like to the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning. These "three" sins are plainly to be seen in the son of Belial, antichrist, who exalts himself above all that is called God, the kings and princes of the earth; he and his followers speak lies in hypocrisy; and is the whore that is drunk with the blood of the saints, 2Th_2:4. John Gill
2Th 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
On being “haughty”:
Pro 30:13 There is a kind—oh how lofty are his eyes! And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.
Psa 10:4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."
Pro 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
Psa 5:6 You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
Rev 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
Isa 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken falsehood, Your tongue mutters wickedness.
Pro 6:18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil,
John Wesley says:
Deviseth - He whose practice it is to contrive wickedness. Swift - Such as greedily execute their wicked designs. John Wesley
The wickedness of man is great upon the earth:
Gen 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Psa 36:4 He plans wickedness upon his bed; He sets himself on a path that is not good; He does not despise evil.
Mic 2:1 Woe to those who scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the power of their hands.
Zec 8:17 'Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,' declares the LORD."
Pro 1:16 For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.
Isa 59:7 Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways.
Rom 3:15 "THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
Pro 6:19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
Have you ever been either the perpetrator or the victim of false testimony? WE were born into sin-so the answer would have to be a resounding yes! I have seen a church body split up strife among brothers.
A false witness that speaketh lies,.... Or, "that speaketh lies, even a false witness" (f); and so this is distinguished from a lying tongue, the second of these evils: this is the sin of bearing false witness against one's neighbour, a breach of the eighth command. It may be rendered, "he that bloweth lies" (g); that raises lies, and spreads them abroad, and swears to them, to the damage of others. This makes the sixth; and the seventh follows,
and him that soweth discord among brethren; whether in a natural relation, or in a civil society, or in a religious community. John Gill
Pro 12:17 He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.
Pro 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.
Exo 23:1 "You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.
Psa 27:12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.
2Ti 2:23 But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.
Let's conclude with this verse stating the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew:
Mat 15:19 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
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