There aren’t many references in the Bible to what God hates. The most recognized example comes from the prophet Malachi, who tells us God hates divorce. Every time I reference that vital text about marriage, Malachi 2:10-16, I try to remind people that one of the reasons God hates divorce, is because God loves people and every divorce leaves numerous wounded people in its wake.
What else does God hate? Look at Proverbs-
- haughty eyes
- a lying tongue
- hands that shed innocent blood
- a heart that devises wicked plans
- feet that make haste to run to evil
- a false witness that breathes out lies
And there is one more –
7. one who sows discord among his brothers
Later on in the Proverbs, we will find sections that appear to be unrelated lists of pithy sayings about life, but not so in these early chapters. The six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to Him are right in the middle of a larger section of Proverbs 5-7 warning men about the adulteress; and contrasting the warnings with the positive call to rejoice in the wife of your youth (5:18)
The adulteress woman and those men who succumb to her advances, not only are likely to end up in divorce, but end up doing all seven of the things God hates; even murder out of jealousy or abortion of a child to hide from the consequences. Sexual promiscuity, like the devastation of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) brings death and waves of collateral damage in its wake.
In marvelous contrast, faithful monogamy is foundational to healthy families, healthy communities and effective proclamation of the Gospel for God’s Glory. Men, be faithful to your wives. If you are not married, be faithful to your possible future wife by living a sexually pure life now.
One more thing about Proverbs – The most quoted text in Proverbs is 3:5, 6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
The wisdom that comes from the rest of this great book is practical application to all of life of that primary principle, giving counsel for a God fearing and God honoring life.