Proverbs 6:17

17 1haughty eyes, 2a lying tongue, and 3hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 6:17 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 6:17

A proud look
Or, "eyes elated" F4; scorning to look down upon others; or looking upon them with disdain; or reckoning them as unworthy to be looked upon, having an high opinion of their own worth and merit. Pride is the first of the hateful things mentioned; it being the first sin committed, as is probable, the sin of the angels, and of the first man; and is a predominant evil in human nature, and is directly opposite to God and to his nature, and against which he sets himself; for "he resisteth the proud", ( James 4:6 ) ; the pride of the heart shows itself in the eyes, or by the looks of a man; Gersom says, the phrase denotes impudence and haughtiness; a lying tongue;
that is the second of the hateful things; a tongue speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly, with an intention to deceive others; to hurt the character of a neighbour, or to flatter a friend, is a most detestable evil; it ought to be so to men, it must be so to God, who is a God of truth: nor is there anything in which a man more resembles the devil, who is the father of lies; and hands that shed innocent blood;
human blood; and that of persons who have not been guilty of any capital sin, for which they ought to die by the laws of God or men, and yet shed or poured out as common water; such hands must be defiled, and such men must be hateful to God, they destroying his image, and being like to the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning. These "three" sins are plainly to be seen in the son of Belial, antichrist, who exalts himself above all that is called God, the kings and princes of the earth; he and his followers speak lies in hypocrisy; and is the whore that is drunk with the blood of the saints, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:4 ) ( 1 Timothy 4:2 ) ( Revelation 17:6 ) .


F4 (twmr Mynye) "oculi clati", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis.

Proverbs 6:17 In-Context

15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Cross References 3

  • 1. [Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 16:5; Proverbs 21:4]; See Psalms 101:5
  • 2. Proverbs 12:22; Proverbs 17:7; Psalms 31:18; Psalms 120:2
  • 3. Deuteronomy 19:10; Isaiah 1:15; Isaiah 59:3, 7
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