The following is part 1 of an excellent article by Tim Nichols on Prov. 6:16-19.
Six Seven Abominations
by Tim Nichols
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Solomon, who had inspired wisdom to reveal, had just announced that the sins of very wicked men would result in very great and sudden punishment. We have observed such things in the real world. Just when evil men, like Haman, believe that their evil schemes are working; just when they sense that they are on the brink of success in driving wedges between peaceful brethren; and just when it appears that they are about to be elevated to some lofty position by climbing on the backs of honest and harmless men, — their plans and their lives are shattered like a piece of pottery that cannot be reconstructed. The effects of such malicious behavior cannot be completely reversed. The evildoer can repent of his lies and deceit if he can find room for such repentance after a genuine change of heart, but he will probably never reclaim the complete confidence of those who observed his treachery. What, then, is the answer?
Prevention is probably the best medicine. The qualities that are most despised by honorable men are the very qualities that are abhorred by God. Although the list could possibly be expanded to include a number of subheadings, we would do well to memorize the inspired short list of qualities hated by our Creator and seek to free our lives of these cancers.
1. A PROUD LOOK. Pride is one of the most frequently condemned sins in the word of God. The craving to be elevated above others leads men to do much evil. Pride leads a man to persecute the poor (Psalm 10:2). It holds him like a chain (Psalm 73:6). It brings about the shame of the proud man and leads to his destruction (Proverbs 11:2; 16:18). It leads a man to stir up strife (Proverbs 8:25). Pride is not of the Father. It is of the world (1 John 2:16).
2. A LYING TONGUE. Those who use dishonesty to accomplish their will can only obtain their way in the short run. “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment (Proverbs 12:19). A Christian is one who has put away lying (Ephesians 4:25) and has clothed himself with truth (Ephesians 6:14). Liars are abhorred by God (Psalm 5:6) and they will not dwell in God’s house or tarry in His sight (Psalm 101:7). They will not go unpunished (Proverbs 19:5). They will have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8).