“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJB)
“The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.” Proverbs 19:3-5 (KJB)
A False Witness
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
One false witness takes a truth and twists it to convict Jesus (Matthew 26:59-61). What makes the statement “False”? It is the accusation against One who has done no wrong. It is the attitude of the heart. It just was not true.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).
There is even protection for the accused, and that protection is seen in Numbers 35:30,
“Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.”
It is repeated,
“At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.” (Deuteronomy 17:6).
What makes someone a false witness? Envy, greed, unjust anger, disobedience to God, fear, hatred. Love will never cause one to be a false witness.
I. A FALSE WITNESS TWISTS WORDS TO FIT THEIR OWN AGENDA.
II. THINGS WILL FALL APART WITHOUT THE TRUTH.
III. THE TRUTH OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN THE CHILD OF GOD.
IV. FALSE WITNESSES DESTROY – THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.
A FALSE WITNESS TWISTS WORDS TO FIT THEIR OWN AGENDA.
That was the way of the two witnesses at Jesus’s trial. They gave testimony to words Jesus did say, but they were twisted to fit the agenda of the hearts of the condemned to condemn the innocent.
The Psalmist wrote,
“Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.” (Psalm 56:5).
A man by the name of John Dryden said,
“Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and the cement of all societies.” (From BE SKILLED by Warren W. Wiersbe).
SOCIETIES WILL FALL APART WITHOUT THE TRUTH.
There is only injustice when you have an elite who make the laws to suit themselves and it enables them to take from the least fortunate. Warren Wiersbe wrote,
“Without truth, things start to fall apart; when people lie officially, the foundations of society begin to crumble.”
Jezebel, by pretense seemed as though she was going to exalt Naboth, but she had arranged for two men to bring charges of blasphemy against him. The charges were not truth. (See 1 Kings chapter 21). It is for sure that the kingdom of Ahab and Jezebel crumbled.
A “False witness” is a killer with intent to harm.
“A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.” (Prov. 25:18).
All of those things mentioned in the verse are instruments of death. False words of false witnesses are instruments of death.
The false witness is a deceiver.
“He that speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness; but a false witness deceit.” (Prov. 12:17).
Think about the lies, the false witness of Ken Lay of Enron infamy. The lies they told led a business down to destruction. Let us not be guilty of bearing false witness.
THE TRUTH OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN THE CHILD OF GOD.
The Spirit of God does not, will not lie. Neither will He in the person He possesses.
The child of God, who is possessed by the Spirit of God will speak the truth in love.
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” (Ephesians 4:15).
The child of God will not practice deceit. (See verse 14 of Ephesians 4).
She/He will not “Bear false witness”.
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10).
In 2 Timothy 3:3 “False accusers” is used as one of the terms of people who have departed from the faith, or never had it. It is the Greek word “Diabolos” which is actually the word for devil.
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Is that not interesting to know that the same word for “False accusers” is the same word for devil. That surely means that “False accusers” are of the devil and have no part with God.
IT IS FOR CERTAIN THAT FALSE WITNESSES DESTROY – IT IS ALSO FOR CERTAIN THAT TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.
We have seen by the Word of God that false witnesses are one’s who will lead others to destruction, and is headed for destruction themselves. They will destroy those who they do not like, because they have a higher position, greater material assets, are more popular, are envious and greedy for more of the world. They destroy families, churches, communities, businesses, governments, whole societies. They, themselves are headed on a path of destruction.
There is a word from our Lord Jesus on this matter.
“If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32).
It is a great thing to be free from the power which holds us to be false witnesses, which causes us to grasp for, hunger, and devour the things of the world. They cause us to do harm to others, even by false words of testimony. Using a good Biblical word, WOE be to those who will continue to bear false witness against another. Look out if you do.
May Psalm 12 be the prayer of our hearts concerning this thing of bearing false witness against anyone.
The only way out of such a destructive life is to confess your sin; trust Jesus to cleanse your heart and tongue. Be filled with the Spirit and walk in that Spirit. If a brother or sister in Christ offends you take the matter to God, not to another brother. One thing that appears to happen when we take this to someone else: it seems to end up being a false witness against the other. We only share such thing with others to get them on “Our side”. Check yourself, then go to that other person who has offended you. That will stop the false witnessing. Make sure of your own heart.
-Tim A. Blankenship
There are some things which God hates. You might be one of those people who find it difficult to believe that God hates anything. The writer of Proverbs tells us of seven abominations which He does hate. That is what we look at today.
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19
We must understand that the God of the Bible is holy, righteous and just; and because He is those things there must be of necessity things which He hates the above seven things are some of them – seven in fact which cover the entirety of the human race.
Seven things which God hates. These seven things are directly related to the heart of evil.
From the ESV Study notes we read of verse 16,
“This numeric literary device presents a representative rather than exhaustive list (cf. 30:15–16, 18–19, 21–31) that seeks to draw particular attention to the final item as the focus of God’s hatred. It is easy to agree that God hates the first six items; it is also easy to overlook the seventh (v. 19b), and thus the author pulls the reader up short.”
From the Matthew Henry Commentary we find,
“God hates sin; he hates every sin; he can never be reconciled to it; he hates nothing but sin. But there are some sins which he does in a special manner hate; and all those here mentioned are such as are injurious to our neighbour. It is an evidence of the good-will God bears to mankind that those sins are in a special manner provoking to him which are prejudicial to the comfort of human life and society. Therefore the men of Belial must expect their ruin to come suddenly, and without remedy, because their practices are such as the Lord hates and are an abomination to him, v. 16. Those things which God hates it is no thanks to us to hate in others, but we must hate them in ourselves.”
I want you to realize today that God loves you. He loves the world and you and me are part of the world and He loves us. So much that He gave His only Son that believing in Him we would not perish, but have everlasting life.
Some one once said, “God will not allow His children to sin successfully.” The child of God cannot continue to live in sin and its abomination without serious consequences.
What do I want for Christmas?
I want to love my neighbor as I love myself.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
“You shall not murder.
“You shall not commit adultery.
“You shall not steal.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”” Exodus 20:12-17 (NKJV)
“And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Also see Day 317
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:8-10
The love of God is not flippant; nor is it without price. The love God has for us is the same love Paul speaks of; which we must have one for another. “Love thy neighbor as thyself” was the words of Jesus. The greatest love was on display to the world as Jesus died on the cross.
-Tim A. Blankenship
There is evil in the world. I do not think there is anyone with a clear and sober mind who would deny that is true. The definition of evil may be different for some people. Some who call evil good; and call good evil (Isaiah 5:20). Our understanding of evil must be based upon how the Word of God explains evil.
It is quite clear from our understanding of Scripture that what Ahab has done is evil. He has hated, and despised God, His Word, and His prophet greatly. There are some who would call the victory of Mount Carmel over the prophets of Baal, “evil”, because they were all put to death. Those who would call that evil are probably haters of God and righteousness.
Ahab was an evil king; the king of the Northern kingdom called Israel; and he had a very wicked wife. This all become more and more apparent as we get into chapter 21 of First Kings. There are a couple of verses I want to post in this article 21:20 and21:25.
First let me give you some background. It seems that the wicked, vile and evil king saw something he wanted, and he sought to get it. It was a beautiful vineyard owned by a man named Naboth. Now, Naboth had reverence for the commandments of the LORD,
“And Naboth said to Ahab, ‘The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” verse 3
Naboth was thinking of the law of the LORD concerning land ownership and the law of God (Leviticus 25:23). When Naboth refused the land to the king, Ahab went home flopped himself down on his bed, because someone stood his ground; and he pouted and moaned; and I would not be surprised to know that he also cried like a baby who did not get what he wanted at the candy store. Guess what. His wicked wife Jezebel, set him straight, and promised him that she would get that vineyard for him.
Jezebel set about with a scheme – a wicked and vile plan – by which she would break the ninth commandment. “Thou shalt not bear false witness…” She set Naboth up; set up liars against him, accused him of blaspheming God and the king. It is not like she cared for God; because she hated and despised him as did her precious hubby. The accusations stuck, and they took Naboth out of the city and stoned him to death (v.13). Then, she tells Ahab, “Naboth is stoned, is dead, now go and claim your vineyard.
The prophet of fire hears of this evil deed the king and queen has devised and performed; because “the Word of the LORD came to Elijah”; and God’s Word to Ahab is this,
“And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, ‘Thus saith the LORD, ‘Hast thou killed, and also taken possession?’ And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, ‘Thus saith the LORD, ‘In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.” 1 Kings 21:19 (KJV)
The Word of the LORD is spoken thus it shall be done. Notice how the wicked king responds, and Elijah’s response to that,
“And Ahab said to Elijah, ‘Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?’ And he answered, ‘I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.” verse 20
He sees Elijah as an enemy. It should be quite clear to all that if Elijah was his enemy; Ahab hated the Word of God, hated God, and he hated God’s prophet; thus Ahab considered God his enemy. The love of God for Ahab is quite apparent in these verses. He has sent Elijah time and time again to warn him, give him direction, and prove Himself to Ahab, but Ahab refuses the mercy, grace and love of God.
The two verses I mentioned at the beginning, was verse 20, and the last part of that verse,
“I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.” verse 20
and verse 25,
“But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.”
Elijah tells Ahab, “You have sold yourself to work evil in the sight of the LORD”. Just what does it mean to “sell yourself”. When one sells themself; they are no longer the one in control. Their owner is in control. The owner of Ahab, and his wife Jezebel was their lustful, vile, and evil desires for possessions, power and prestige. Ahab sold himself to do evil. He loved evil and hated righteousness.
When Ahab hears the word of God he humbles himself (vv. 27-29). My first thought would be to say that he only humbled himself because he knew he was caught; but God knows the man’s heart. Nevertheless the word of God is true. It will not be voided; it will come to pass just as the LORD has spoken (1 Kings 22:27-29 and 2 Kings 9:30-37). It has been said, “Some sow their wild oats, then pray for a crop failure”. Some may sin against God, His Word and His prophets again and again, but judgment is coming.
O hear the Word of God. Repent of your sins and be saved through the blood of God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Confront the evil of your life today.
-Tim A. Blankenship
Some want to think that God hates nothing. However, if there is not hate, then what is love, and the apostle John says that “God is love”. Since God is love there must of necessity be some things which He hates, and the Bible in Proverbs gives us seven of them; which seems to cover every gamut of evil in the world.
Hear the wisdom of the ages –
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV)
I do not believe I have ever seen a time in my life when there is such a pride and arrogance, especially among leaders. Leaders in the business world, leaders in politics, leaders of Nations; and even leaders in churches who profess to know God and His Son Jesus. With noses in the air they walk around defying God and His Word.
Lies, lies, and more lies are seen. A person can tell a lie until it becomes the truth in their own mind. The lying tongue has intent to deceive and defraud. “Lie” – any statement or act designed to deceive another person, and or harm them, their reputation or possibly even bodily.
There are hands shedding innocent blood. Mothers killing their own babies; before they are born and after they are born. Sons killing fathers; fathers killing sons – sometimes neither are not so innocent blood. Governments killing Christians for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Husbands and wives killing the innocent spouse for insurance money or to get another spouse.
With the heart of imagination men have designs against God, His Word, His people, His land, and His future. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1). I have news for the ones imagining to overthrow Israel, and set up a quote “Palestinian Nation”. It will not succeed. God’s covenant stands forever. The United Nations will fail. Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Russia, Libya, the United States of America, etc. will all fail and fall; but our God and His Word will stand forever.
There are feet that are swift for destruction. Evil feet are feet that move with haste without much thought as to its outcome and destruction of life to oneself or others. Mostly for acquiring material gain. Swift at running to mischief. Looking for the next party; the next drunken brawl; the next adulterous affair. Swift to move toward evil.
A false witness speaks lies in order, usually, to gain for ones self. There is usually a malicious – intent to do harm – cause behind a false witness. Jezebel lied about Naboth in order to gain his vineyard for king Ahab, and caused Naboth’s death (1 Kings 21). Does that happen in courts and politics today? Does that happen in families today? Has that happened to you? Have you been the one who committed the abomination?
Sowing seeds of discord is an act of “terrorism” among families. It does not do any good for churches neither. If it is no good for these then, why would it be good for Local governments, State governments, or federal governments? It is not.
If you will notice all of these are called an “Abomination unto Him”.
There is only forgiveness and eternal life through the One who died on the cross for our sins; was buried taking away our sin, guilt and condemnation; and rose bodily from the grave, and is one day soon returning to set things right in this world and the hearts of men. His name is Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God.
-Tim A. Blankenship