Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

16 There are six things the Lord hates,

   seven that are detestable to him:

17 haughty eyes,

       a lying tongue,

       hands that shed innocent blood,

18  a heart that devises wicked schemes,

       feet that are quick to rush into evil,

19  a false witness who pours out lies

       and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.


 The Lord takes these things seriously, and we would be wise to follow his example. Much of the world’s misery can be attributed to these seven things, the Lord’s aversion to them is proportional to his compassion for their victims. All sin is tragedy, consuming perpetrator and victim alike, leaving its mark on every one of us. If we hope to overcome the sin outside of us we must first address the sin within, seeing it for what it truly is.


 Haughty eyes distort a person’s perception, minimizing one’s flaws while emphasizing everyone else’s. A lying tongue cripples trust, sabotaging relationships and extinguishing faith. Hands that shed innocent blood harden one’s heart while breaking those of others. A heart that devises wicked schemes destroys the mind, and the peace of those it touches. Feet that are quick to rush into evil ruin a person’s future, scarring them along with their victims. A false witness ruins reputations, while making his own life a lie. Finally, those who stir up conflict in the community tear it down from within, along with their own households.  

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