Proverbs 6:16-21 Amplified Bible
Solomon was a young boy when he took over the throne of his father, King David. It was an overwhelming task for one so young. The Lord invited Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted and He would give it to him. So, Solomon prayed and asked God for wisdom—to discern and know right from wrong according to Almighty God. God was pleased with Solomon’s request, so God imparted to him divine wisdom. When you pray, what do you desire most? Is it your desire to discern God’s heart regarding right and wrong?
Solomon wrote in the wisdom book of Proverbs the life lessons God had revealed to him over the years; things that were important to God and represented him as a Light in the darkness. In our passage today, God continues to share wisdom—Truth in actions—with Solomon. There are things God hates; things he detests and are wrong in His sight. We need to ask ourselves, “What is my stand on these things God detests?” As believers, we are responsible to run from these foolish actions; learning to live in a way that pleases God must become our way of life. May we never practice or put a stamp of approval on the very actions God claims to hate.
16 These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren.
20 My son, keep your father’s [God-given] commandment and forsake not the law of [God] your mother [taught you].
21 Bind them continually upon your heart and tie them about your neck.
22 When you go, they [the words of your parents’ God] shall lead you; when you sleep, they shall keep you; and when you waken, they shall talk with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the whole teaching [of the law] is light, and reproofs of discipline are the way of life…
Prayer: Lord, I want that which is right in your sight to become my way of living. Continue to teach me and help me to learn from your wisdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.