Seven Abomination (pt 6)

“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.

Here, the writer includes in his list “a false witness who breathes out lies.” This person struggles to tell the truth and seems to “lie when the truth would sound better.” However, the reader should not focus on the extreme examples because truth is a priority in Proverbs. For example, Proverbs 28:6 (which we have written about here) reminds us that it is “Better to be a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is corrupt in all his ways.”

This warning about being a false witness reminds me of Jezebel who suborned two false witnesses against Naboth (1 Kings 21). Not only did her dishonesty bring God’s wrath upon herself, it also brought the wrath of God upon her husband Ahab’s royal line.

17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18 “Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who is in Samaria; behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. 19 And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Have you killed and also taken possession?”’ And you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood.”’”

I Kings 21: 17-19 ESV

Integrity matters to God, thus it should matter to us.

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