Seven Abominations (pt 2)

“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 second item on this list is a lying tongue. When we practice to deceive we are saying one of two things. We are saying that God doesn’t see us OR that God doesn’t care. Neither is true!

God does care; he even warns us of the danger of lying:

“The getting of treasures by a lying tongue

    is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.”

Proverbs 21:6 ESV

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