According to Proverbs 6:16–19, God hates these six things because they destroy unity and breed discord among people.
1. God hates the arrogant and proud.
Herod was struck down dead by God because he let people worship him as a god (Acts 12:21–23).
2. God hates lying.
A couple named Ananias and Sapphira were struck down dead by God for lying to the apostles about money (Acts 5:1–10).
3. God hates violence against the innocent.
After Cain murdered his brother Abel, God cursed him to be a fugitive (Gen. 4:8–12).
4. God hates those who make evil plans.
When men were so full of evil that they planned evil continually, God decided to flood the earth and wipe out most of humanity (Gen. 6:5).
5. God hates those who are quick to do evil.
When the people of Israel sacrificed their children and practiced divination, God was angry and removed every tribe from the land except Judah (2 Kings 17:17).
6. God hates those who misrepresent others.
One of the Ten Commandments tells us not to “bear false witness” against our neighbor (Exod. 20:16). Slander and gossip are sins according to God. The seventh item listed as an “abomination” in Proverbs 6:19 is “one who sows discord among brothers.” All of the first six ultimately lead to and breed this discord and division.
God hates this because he loves unity. As Psalm 133:1 reminds us, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.”