Thursday, November 19, 2009

7 things

A scoundrel and villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
who winks with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up dissension.
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
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 man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
Proverbs 6:12 - 19
Proverbs is a book full of opposition.  By that I mean, Solomon (and others) write in such a way that two opposing ways of life or ideas are pitted together to prove or enhance a point.  Consider this from Proverbs 13 =
A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke. (Verse 1)
But that is not what we began with is it?  What Proverbs 6:12 - 19 does is lays out the characteristics of evil people.
One perspective is from man.
The other, from the heart of the Lord.
There is no misunderstanding what the Lord is seeking to communicate:  There are 7 things that are detestable to Him.
No room for doubt... no discussion.
Praise the Lord for clearly telling us (and in this case showing us) what does not please Him.

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