If you’re just joining us, welcome! You’ll find a short introduction to the Proverbs reading plan on Day 1.
Section One, cont’d— God: Wisdom concerning the nature and values of God
In this first week of our study of Proverbs, we are turning our attention upward to who God is and the wisdom He offers His people. We’re exploring topics such as the ways of wisdom and folly, the fear of God, what God commands, what God hates, and blessings and curses.
Day Three: What God Hates
One of the most glorious overarching themes of the Bible is the astonishing love of God toward a rebellious and sinful people. This aspect of God’s nature is so wonderful because it plays out in every setting and circumstance—even in a broken world full of terrible things. To truly know God, and therefore truly walk in wisdom, we must know not only what God loves, but also what He abhors.
Consider these proverbs about the things God hates.
16 The Lord hates six things;
in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes,
feet eager to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who gives false testimony,
and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.
The way of the Lord is a stronghold for the honorable,
but destruction awaits the malicious.
Dishonest scales are detestable to the Lord,
but an accurate weight is His delight.
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just—
both are detestable to the Lord.
The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable—
how much more so
when he brings it with ulterior motives!
Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law—
even his prayer is detestable.
Q. Why do you think there are so many proverbs that talk about what God hates? Why is this important for us to know?
Q. God hates abominations, but loves sinful people. When you are sinned against or are a witness to sin, is hatred something that rises up in you? If not, why do you think there’s no hatred? If so, what is your hatred directed at? How do these proverbs instruct us in how and what to hate?
Q. Look at Proverbs 11:1. In what sense are we, as people, scales? Name at least one specific time you were a dishonest scale. How can we be “accurate weights”?
Q. Look at Proverbs 28:9. What does the first half (turning our ears away from hearing the Law) have to do with the second (offering detestable prayers)?