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verses 16-19: “There are six things that the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that desires wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers. ”

Among all the comic book superheroes that I enjoyed reading and still re-read today is Captain Marvel (now I refer here to the version that ran in Fawcett Comics and is currently owned by DC Comics under the title of Shazam!). In the origin story, young Billy Batson is led down an abandoned subway tunnel by a mysterious stranger to meet the wizard Shazam, who will soon give him the powers of the World’s Mightiest Mortal. On the way down the tunnel, the pair pass seven ugly statues, titled “The Seven Deadly Enemies Of Man”: pride, envy, greed, hatred, selfishness, laziness, and injustice. An entry in Wikipedia on Captain Marvel stated that, in the comic book series, these were seven demons that Shazam had captured and imprisoned in stone. The writers of the series based these seven on the Seven Deadly Sins.

My Holman commentary on Proverbs (pg. 231) does indeed read “You might call this passage the “Seven Deadly Sins” of the Old Testament. Starting with a list of six and then seven may seem unusual, but it was a common literary device in Hebrew (see Prov. 30:15-16, 18-19, 21-31). It makes clear that this list is not exhaustive, but it does include specific things that God hates.”

The devil is always prowling about; he enjoys pressing any advantage he can get at in us. These big 7 sins aren’t the only ones; would that they were the only ones! Solomon here points them out, to stress it seems, our avoidance of them. As I have quoted here before, the best way to detect counterfeit money is to study the real thing; the best way to avoid those sins is to fill one’s mind and heart with the things that God loves: accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior, and His Word.

Have a blessed day!

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