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Proverbs 6:16-19 – The Sin of Pride and Some Others


The sin of pride is at the top of God's list.


Continuing in a consideration of sin and sins, the writer now lists seven sins that are especially hateful to God. At the top of the list is the sin of pride, frequently mentioned in the Bible as a sin, from the garden of Eden where the temptation is to "be like God" (Genesis 3:5) through the tower of Babel story (Genesis 11:1-9) through the prophets (note Isaiah 2:11-22). The early and medieval church considered pride, here described as "haughty eyes," as one of the "seven deadly sins" (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride). The idea is that when one's eyes are lifted up, one "looks down one's nose" at all others.

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
   seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
   and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
   feet that hurry to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who testifies falsely,
   and one who sows discord in a family.

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