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Proverbs 6:16-19 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

What the Lord Rejects

16 There are six things the Lord hates,
    yes, seven[a] are an abomination to him;
17 [b]Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
    hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that plots wicked schemes,
    feet that are quick to run to evil,
19 The false witness who utters lies,
    and the one who sows discord among kindred.


  1. 6:16 Six…seven: this literary pattern (n, n + 1) occurs frequently; cf., e.g., Am 1–2; Prv 30:18–19.
  2. 6:17–19 The seven vices, symbolized for the most part by bodily organs, are pride, lying, murder, intrigue, readiness to do evil, false witness, and the stirring up of discord.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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