Proverbs is a very practical book where the writer shares wisdom in all kinds of life situations. In chapter 6, Solomon warns his son about making foolish financial decisions and against laziness. We dealt with these in a previous message. In verses 12-19, Solomon talks to his son about avoiding the scoundrel (a wicked person) and about 7 sins that God hates. We will examine these in this message.
In our passage, Solomon warns his son about the person who is nothing but a troublemaker who does nothing but misrepresent the truth. This “scoundrel” is a wicked person who plots evil which shows the true nature of his heart. This kind of person is headed for disaster for which there is no remedy. Nobody gets away with anything before God.
Solomon also warns his son that there are things which God despises or hates: pride; lying; shedding innocent blood; devising wicked schemes; rushing to commit evil; perjury; and one who seeks to cause trouble among members of the same community or brethren. In this list, the worst sin is the last one on the list; but we must also realize that God hates all sin and wants his followers to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).
The remedy for sin is forgiveness in Jesus Christ who died for our sins according to the scriptures.