2 Things God Detests

Posted on May 5, 2020


By David Ettinger

Does God Hate?
Christians often speak of God as being a “God of love.” It’s true! We read, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8, italic added).

However, though “God is love,” God also hates. Psalm 5:5 tells us, “The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong.” Psalm 11:5 is particularly strong: “The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.” Proverbs 6:16 says: “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him.”

What’s the point? The point is that God hates wickedness and will not allow those who commit it to get away with it. Evildoers will either find forgiveness by confessing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, or will perish in their sins, having to give account of their sinful actions at the judgment seat of Christ (Revelation 20:11-15).

A Point of Comfort
Though Christians should never rejoice over those who perish (2 Peter 3:9), we can at least take comfort in the fact that God is on His throne and keeping close watch over the activities of the human race. Unlike Deists, who believe God created the universe and then withdrew from it, God is very much involved in every aspect of His creation.

As such, He intimately cares about the goings on of our planet, and feels passionately about them. Of this intimacy and passion King Solomon wrote: “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent – the Lord detests them both” (Proverbs 17:15).


The word “detests” comes from the Hebrew toebah, which means “an abomination” ­ – something to be abhorred or subject to great loathing. In other words, when God sees on earth an act where someone guilty is set free, He hates it; it is an abomination to Him. I thought of this verse way back in 1995 when I watched the “not guilty” decision being announced in the O.J. Simpson trial.

Whether in courtrooms, businesses, schools, or homes, such abominable instances – on a far smaller level – occur every day.

Detesting Injustice
Then there is the second part of the proverb which God detests, “condemning the innocent.” From a Christian perspective, in the West I see this in the fairly recent spate of legal cases where a believing baker refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding and a florist declined to provide flowers for the same reason.

Lawsuits followed, but this does not deter from the fact that from a biblical perspective, both the baker and florist did the right thing. However, their “rightness” did not prevent the legal system from finding them guilty and fining them steeply for their stance. By finding them guilty, the legal system condemned the innocent, and hence became an object of abhorrence to God. As such, those judges who so ruled will be subject to God’s judgment.

God’s Assurance to Believers
For now, anti-God influences are winning the day. In the West, we will see more and more occurrences of those standing for Christ – “the innocent” – being found guilty, and those who detest God – “the guilty” – being acquitted.

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But such victories will not be long-lived; a new day is coming:

In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore (Isaiah 2:2-4).

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent – two things God detests. But in the Kingdom to come, there will be no such injustice, no such acquittal and condemnation. In that day, the Lord Jesus will be completely in charge, and the days of detesting will be over!