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14 Their twisted thoughts are perverse,
always with a scheme to stir up trouble,
and sowing strife with every step they take.
15 But when calamity comes knocking on their door,
suddenly and without warning they’re undone—
broken to bits, shattered, with no hope of healing.[a]

Seven Things God Hates

16 There are six evils God truly hates
and a seventh[b] that is an abomination to him:

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 6:15 The life lesson here is this: the clever and devious may look like they’re getting ahead in life, but their path guarantees destruction, with no one to help them out of it.
  2. Proverbs 6:16 The number seven is the number of fullness and completion. The poetic form here is stating that evil in its fullness is an abomination to God. The seven things are a description of the sin of man that stands in the temple of our bodies attempting to usurp God.

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