Seven Abominations (pt 1)

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Proverbs 6:16-17

The writer uses a Hebrew construction, a numeral plus one, to indicate the Lord’s ultimate displeasure with the items in the list.

The first in this list is haughty eyes. These are eyes of pride, eyes that look down upon others. Keep in mind that eyes that look down upon others reflect the heart of the person, which is really the point of this item.

How is your heart reflected through your eyes. When you see people who are in a mess, do you think about how ridiculous they must be for being in such a spot? Or do you have compassion for them? Here is an example of the eyes of Jesus:

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 9:36 ESV

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