Seven objects of God's hatred

God Hates Some People!

by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.

Summary:  Does God love every person and everything? No! In fact, Scripture reveals a number of both people and things that God hates!

Proverbs 6:16-19  There are six things the LORD HATES, seven that are DETESTABLE to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

•• Listed here are seven things God hates, that He detests.
• Many mistakenly conclude that God is love only. But this Scripture tells us that there are things — even people! — that God hates.
• Let’s examine ourselves to see if we are doing any of the things that God is said to hate.

1) “HAUGHTY EYES”, KJV: “a PROUD look” —

Proverbs 11:2  When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 16:18  Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

•• Shortened by many to “Pride goes before a fall.”
• A pastor who fell into adultery once told me: “I thought I was doing a good enough job that God would overlook it.” Pride before a fall!
• Another minister was heard to say not long before he fell into sin and disgrace: “This is the most anointed ministry on the face of the earth today.” Pride before a fall!
• A young man said to a pastor friend of mine, “I’m having trouble with pride.” My friend succinctly and wisely replied, “Why? What do you have to be proud about?”
•• The fast track to a fall? — Pride
• Contrast Jesus' Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3).
• God hates pride.


Revelation 21:8  ...and all liars — their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

•• God hates all liars.
Psalms 5:5b-6a hate all who do wrong. [6] You destroy those who tell lies.
Parents, teach your children always to speak truth.
• Jesus: “I am... the Truth...”
• Good relationships cannot be built without honesty.
• Decent societies cannot survive on a foundation of falsehood and lies.
•• God hates a lying tongue.

3) "Hands that shed INNOCENT BLOOD" —

Joel 3:19  But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.

•• God hates the shedding of innocent blood.
• That is one of the reasons God judged Egypt.
• Imagine the blood guilt of abortion doctors!
• Imagine the blood guilt of the judges and politicians who allow the shedding of the blood of innocent, unborn babies!


Jeremiah 17:9, KJV  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

•• Jesus gave a list of sins and said that they proceed “out of the heart (Matthew 15:19).
•• Proverbs 4:23, KJV  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. [NIV:  “Guard your heart...”]
•• God hates the heart given over to wicked schemes.

5) "Feet that are QUICK to rush INTO EVIL" —

•• Quote #4 above, about the heart’s tendency to wickedness, has already brought up evil.
•• The hated conduct here is the quickness to rush into evil.
Titus 2:6  Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.
•• Self-control is the antidote to quickly falling into temptation.
• For example, (Proverbs 29:11) “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
•• God hates a swiftness to rush into evil.

6) "A FALSE WITNESS who pours out LIES" —

•• “False witness” — violates one of the Ten Commandments.
• We saw earlier the broader truth that God hates all liars. Here we are specifically reminded that God hates those who lie about other people.
• God hates those who do harm and disservice to His system of justice.
• I was once selected for jury duty in a trial in which the accused had allegedly been drinking alcohol. In the questioning of us potential jurors, integrity required that I had to speak up about my beliefs and my preaching against alcohol. I was admittedly not impartial from the outset, and the judge rightly dismissed me from the jury selection.
•• God hates a false witness.
• Notice that this is a PERSON that God hates! I’ve heard Christians say that God hates no one. That sounds noble, but it is anti-Scriptural. Here it is clearly said that “...the Lord hates ... a false witness.”
• See #7 below for another type of person the Lord hates.


Titus 3:10  Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.

•• Another PERSON that God hates!
• A pastor friend of mine was once counseling a very divisive person. The pastor concluded with the startling statement, “...and besides that, GOD HATES YOU.”
• I imagine that the man he was counseling was shocked. But the Bible clearly declares that “...the Lord hates ... a man who stirs up dissension among brothers”.
“...a man...” — that is a person that God hates.
•• What is a fast track to incurring God’s hatred? — be a talebearer, a gossip, a person who sows seeds of discord.
• Contrast the Beatitude: “Blessed are the peacemakers(Matthew 5:9).

In summary: There are seven things or persons that God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19):

Haughty eyes
• A lying tongue
• Hands that shed innocent blood
• A heart that devises wicked schemes
• Feet that are quick to rush into evil
• A false witness who pours out lies
• A man who stirs up dissension among brothers

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