The Lord Loves and Hates

This is a subsidiary post of Lord.
It is also a subsidiary post of Love.
It is also a subsidiary post of Hatred.

The Lord has likes and dislikes.  He has preferences.

To say that God is love does not mean that He cannot or should not hate.  For if you love a child, you will hate the things that harm the child.

To say that God loves the world does not mean that He cannot support His friends and frustrate those who attack His friends.

(An asterisk at the beginning of a citation indicates that neither the word “love” nor “hate” is literally present, but that the idea of one or both is.  I’ve made bold the relevant words in each verse.)

*Luke 16:15  –  “…for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”

2 Corinthians 9:7  –  “…for God loves a cheerful giver.”

*Ephesians 5:10  –  “trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”

Hebrews 1:9 (quoting Psalm 45:7 below)  –  “YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS;”

*Hebrews 11:6  –  “And without faith it is impossible to please Him…”

*Revelation 2:20  –  “But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel…”


Deuteronomy 12:31  – “You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods…”

Deuteronomy 16:22  –   “You shall not set up for yourself a sacred pillar which the LORD your God hates.”

Psalm 45:7 (quoted in Hebrews 1:9 above) –  “You have loved righteousness and hated wickeness;”

Proverbs 6:16, 17, 18, 19  –  “There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:”

Proverbs 8:13  –  “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.”

Proverbs 11:5  –  “The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”

*Proverbs 15:8  –  “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”
Proverbs 15:9  –  “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but He loves one who pursues righteousness.”

*Proverbs 28:9  –  “He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”

Isaiah 1:13, 14  –  “Bring your worthless offerings no longer, incense is an abomination to Me.  New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies– I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.  I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts, they have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them.  –  Compare the thought here with the similar thought in Malachi 1:10 below.

Malachi 1:2, 3  –  “I have loved Jacob; but I have hated Esau”

*Malachi 1:10  –  “Oh that there were one among you who would shut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the LORD of hosts, “nor will I accept an offering from you.”  –  Compare the thought here with the similar thought in Isaiah 1:13-14 above.

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