Proverbs 8:13 - To Fear God And Hate Evil.

Proverbs 8:13 - To Fear God And Hate Evil.

Proverbs 8:13 (NIV) To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate 
pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. 

Proverbs 8:13 (NLT) All who fear the LORD will hate evil. That 
is why I hate pride, arrogance, corruption, and perverted speech. 

Proverbs 8:13 (CWR) To respect God means to hate evil.  I hate 
pride and arrogance, evil behavior and a filthy mouth. 


Verses 12-21. Wisdom here is Christ, in whom are all the 
treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in 
the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in 
us. - Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing 
else. [Matthew Henry Commentary] 

Verses 22-31 make you think of Jesus Christ, who is the Wisdom 
of God (1 Cor. 1:30; Col. 2:3). To love wisdom is to love Christ, 
and when you love Christ, you live for Him ... Spend time daily at 
wisdom's door as you read God's Word and meditate on His truth. [Chapter 
by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

Wisdom's eternal character is shown in 8:22-31 and ultimately 
points to Christ, in whom is found "all the treasures of wisdom" (Col. 
2:3; cf. Phil. 2:3-11; 1 Cor. 1:24; Jer. 9:23-24). [New Bible 

Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24, 30) ... To know Him 
is to have true wisdom. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

According to verse 14, God will give you counsel (what to do), 
wisdom (how to do it), understanding (why you do it), and strength (the 
ability to do it). [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 

"Listen" (8:32) means to both hear and obey. [New Bible 


The offer of wisdom is held out only to those who fear God. 
Coming to wisdom requires coming to God, and coming to God means 
turning away from all that God hates--evil, pride, arrogance, 
misbehavior, and perverse speech. Jesus said that the truth is found in Him 
(see John 8:32). [Nelson SB] 

`The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, and his 
heart is turned away from his Maker: for pride is the beginning of 
sin.' (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary) 

The more a person fears and respects God, the more he or she 
will hate evil. Love for God and love for sin cannot coexist. 
Harboring secret sins means that you are tolerating evil within yourself. 
Make a clean break with sin and commit yourself completely to God. 
[Life Application SB] 

As we grow spiritually, we gradually change from trying to stop 
doing the evil thing that we really want to do, to actually hating the 
evil thing so that we no longer want to do it. [Life Principles SB By 
Charles Stanley] 

   Ice cream can sometimes be bought in a "swirl" - a mix of two 
flavors, usually chocolate and vanilla. It's for those who can't decide 
on one or the other, or who like both equally well, or who like the 
mix itself. But what is good in ice cream is bad in moral habits.  
   Proverbs 8 is a call to make right choices - to hate evil. 
There is no mixing of good and evil here.  
   Other proverbs in this chapter teach us why wisdom is more 
valuable than gold and even priceless.  
   "All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate 
pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech" (Proverbs 8:13). 
Most of us have a mix of love and hate for evil. We know we should 
hate lying and hypocrisy, yet there are times when they come in 
handy. We know we should love sexual purity and honesty, yet there are 
times when our minds turn to impure thoughts, and deceit seems less 
painful than being honest.  
   Respect for God clears away the inconsistencies. Think about 
the place God deserves to have in your life, and fear the 
consequences of not giving him proper place. When you make the decision to 
love God wholeheartedly, love for sin will not be able to coexist in 
your life. [The One Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave 

   We are taught over and over again in Scripture that because 
God is uniquely and awesomely holy - pure, separated, and shining in 
His moral majesty - we are to draw near to Him with godly reverence 
and fear. The fear of the Lord, as we know, is the beginning of 
wisdom. Contemplation of His character, particularly His holiness, will 
lead to a reverential fear that prepares the soul (as it did for 
Isaiah) for more profitable service and activity.  
   But what does it mean to "fear" God? There are times in the 
Bible when we are told to fear and times when we are told not to fear. 
There is a fear that helps and a fear that hinders. How do we know the 
   The fear that helps is the fear that expresses itself in 
reverence, veneration, awe, a sense of the grandeur and majesty of God. The 
fear that hinders is described for us in 2 Timothy 1:7: "For God has 
not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and 
sound judgment."  
   The Greek word deilia, which is translated "fearfulness" or 
"timidity" in this verse, comes from a root that means "wretched, sorry, 
miserable" and implies someone lacking in courage. God is not to blame for 
attitudes of cowardice or timidity; they come from within our own hearts. 
Timid people are frightened people, and if you want to explore this 
thought still further, ask yourself: what kinds of things frighten me 
that are not related to the fear of God? If we fear them more than we 
fear God, then we are being ruled by the wrong kind of fear.  
   O God, I bring to You all my unhealthy fears and lay them at 
Your feet. Help me develop such a reverential fear for You that all 
other fears are quickly swallowed up. In Jesus' name. Amen. [Every Day 
With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional] 


Job 28:28 (KJV) And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the 
Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. 

Psalm 111:10 (KJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of 
wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his 
praise endureth for ever. 

Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of 
knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 

Proverbs 9:10 (KJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of 
wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 

Proverbs 15:33 (KJV) The fear of the LORD is the instruction of 
wisdom; and before honour is humility. 

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole 
matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty 
of man.