G-d's Hated 6ix
By Walter Vaughn

In the book of Proverbs in the sixth chapter beginning at the sixteenth verse we read,

"there are six things which G-d hates, and seven which are an abomination to his soul."

The first thing that comes to mind is why six, why not five, eight, or lets say nine? If there is a number that might represent mankind I suppose it could be the number six, for on day six G-d created man. If there are originally seven things that G-d hates, why separate the six from the seven? Why doesn't the scripture read, "there are seven things G-d hates which are an abomination to his soul?"

We know that day seven in the book of creation was appointed the day of rest. This day is to be set apart, sanctified, and made holy. We shouldn’t imagine that the seventh sin in this text is any worse than the previous six, however seven, (shaba) numerically should only bring to mind good and peaceful thoughts, anything else would be an interruption of this sanctified rest, truly a complete and utter ABOMINATION! It would seem the proverb is alluding to our sinful six-day period entering into the seventh day, desolating or desecrating G-d's sanctified rest. It is so very important to know what pleases G-d and know how to avoid his displeasure.

Let us begin with "six things that G-d hates and seven that are a abomination to his soul."

There are six things which G-d hates, and seven which are an abomination to his soul : a proud look, a deceiving tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked thoughts, feet that are quick in running to badness, a false witness that breathes out lies, and one that sends forth contention among brothers.
Proverbs 6: 16-19

The first on our list of things in which G-d hates is proud eyes.

(eynayeem ramot)

That is to say the eyes [Hebrew-eynayeem] of the mind are exalted. [Hebrew-ramot] This individual is likely to think highly of him or herself. They may judge others by means of an outward appearance. They take great pains to separate themself from common folk. They may truly feel that they are better and more deserving of good things than others. True to the Hebrew word "ramot" they can have a superior expression to their eyes, a facial suggestion that we should not approach them. The Hebrew (ramot) can mean high, elevated, exalted, lofty, glorious, majestic, superior, and proud. This sort of person make others feel inadequate, stupid, and just plain unwelcome. In actuality this personality disorder could be considered a direct insult to G-d. We read in the Torah that man was created in G-d's image. By looking down on others we are in effect looking down on the image of G-d.

(lashon sheker)

The second on our list is a tongue [Hebrew - lashon],
that lies [Hebrew - sheker 'false'] A lie can be much more than not telling the truth, it's stealing. The theft is found by stealing the mind of others thus creating a false reality. When G-d created the heaven and the earth the reality of its existence was founded upon a devine blueprint. The cosmos follows a mathmatical script in order to function as a unified universe. The mathatical alignment of planets provide a devine balance that is true unto itself. When an outside source introduces a foreign element made up of inaccurate information, it runs counter to the natural order of things and endangers its true essence. Inaccurate information or falsehoods weekends all vessels regardless of there makeup. Falsehood is a body without a soul or spirit. It looks real until one leans up against it. Seeing that the falsehood is not real there is no substance or foundation to hold it upright. This is why falsehood attaches itself to something real or true in order to give it life. By doing so it throws our world out of balance and weakens the devine path. This becomes a direct threat to G-d and the peace and security of His universe. There is no such thing as a little white lie!

(yadayeem shofchot dam nakee)

The third thing in which G-d hates is hands [Heb. yadayeem] that shed [Heb. shofchot] innocent [Heb. nakee] blood [Heb. dam]. It's interesting the scripture specifies the restriction of shedding " innocent blood," (dam naki) insinuating that not all life is innocent. Unfortunatly, the shedding of blood is a necessary evil given the anti social behavior that permiates our world. In order to protect life and guarantee safe and peaceful communities a military as well as law enforcement officers made be called upon to shed the blood of those who endanger the lives and welfare of the innocent. It is important that we recognise that G-d hates the shedding of "innocent blood." If we should stand by and allow the criminal element to shed innocent blood, we become accomplices in their criminal act.

(leb chorash machshevot)

The fourth thing in which G-d hates is a heart that devises wicked thoughts. (leb charash machshevot aven) Sinful or wicked thoughts may come and go. G-d fully understands this human weakness within each and every one of us. But more importantly, G-d hates those who (machasebot) devise, plan, and skillfully contrive wicked schemes. Another Hebrew word that is used in this passage is (charash) to cut, engrave or to plough. One does not engrave an emblem on a piece of material by accident. It takes design, measurement, and a skillful hand to produce the desired effect. In like manner ploughing a field requires hard physical labor, getting the ground prepared for seed within a given season. This might involve getting up early in the morning and toiling till sunset. G-d hates those who work diligently devising mischief with the accuracy of the skillful hand of an engraver or with the strength of the rock hard hands of a farmer. It is in the planning and devising wicked thoughts that puts their sin in action that troubles G-d. Moses Maimonides writes in the book, Moses Maimonides the guide for the perplexed., "The thoughts about sin are more dangerous than the sin itself."

(regalayim m'meharot la rutz la ra'ah)

The fifth thing in which G-d hates is feet that are quick to run to badness. regaleem m'meharot la'rutz la'ra'ah The Hebrew word used in this scripture describes the sinner’s ability to travel is (la rootz.) Rootz means to rush, run, and hurry like a courier rushing to a certain designation. They seem to be likened to a professional runner who extensively train to keep their bodies ready for the big race. Unfortunately, the race here is a race to sin. Most people go out of their way to avoid people or places that lack a certain morale character. G-d's hatred is focused on those who search for trouble and once finding its source, they run (quickly-Hebrew Maharot) to share in the wickedness.

(chazavim ad'sheker)

The sixth thing in which G-d hates is a false and deceptive witness who brings forth lies. (chazavim ad'sheker ) When we lie its as if our body begins to erode from within. The lie destroys a persons self esteem and their sense of well-being. There are some among us who are so accustomed to telling lies that they have lost the respect of their family, friends, and co-workers. They develope a reputation as one who cannot be trusted. When a person provides testimony in favor of a known falsehood they strengthen the lie by two. When two or more agree in a lie it cripples justice and endangers our communities. Obviously, a lie has a better opportunity to be believed if more than one person is involved in the falsehood. This dangerous tool of the wicked encourages others to share in their deception and thereby profiting under the allusion of truth. This is like declaring an act of war upon G-d himself. To lie is to sin , but to provide testimony in favor of a known falsehood is to strengthen the lie by creating a false reality that unknowingly enslaves the citizens within the community.

(ma'shalach madonim bayn acheem)

The seventh thing in which G-d hates is one who in is sending forth contentions between brothers.( m'shaleiach madonim bayin acheem ) Certainly you have heard, "home is where the heart is". One should always feel safe whithin his or her own home or community. Brotherhood or brothers as represented by the Hebrew acheem serves as a sure foundation achored by blood relation or a close common cause. Within our own house comes the contentious family member. You may find them stirring up trouble from within. This cancer within has the potential to spread and destroy the close continuity that enables a family, organization, or country to thrive and reap the joys of success. Strife and contentions between ones brother can have devastating results. I suppose what is so scary is never knowing where disunity may lead. There is so much at stake when one instigates contentions among his own. If we are unable to make peace with our own brother, our own blood, then world peace will never be attained. Peace first begins with brotherhood. It will take each and every one of us to assist G-d in making the earth a better place to live, love, and survive.

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