Seven Abominations (pt 5)

“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 fifth abomination is “feet that make haste to run to evil.” Many may think this is talking about them since “all have sinned” (Rom 3:23). However, the person who is trying to resist evil, but fails, is not the person in view here. This is the person who seems to be magnetically drawn to evil, and is quick to get involved in evil. His proclivity is to quickly involve himself in evil. Here, the heart is on display through the feet.

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