Proverbs 6:17

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
– Proverbs 6:17

A proud, or high, look speaks of having high thoughts of oneself. The evil man winks with eyes (Proverbs 6:13), with thoughts of superiority. Pride is antithetical to wisdom-engendered humility and God hates it. A lying tongue is a deception or fraud. The evil man has a froward, or a perverse, mouth (Proverbs 6:12). Such speech is used to cheat and beguile people into sin and to exonerate oneself unjustly. Hands shedding innocent blood refers directly to murder, though there is guilt enough in complicity to murder indirectly. Jesus said that hating your brother without cause also violated the law commanding us to not kill (Matthew 5:21-22). The evil man also employs his fingers to the hurt of others (Proverbs 6:13).

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