God Hates

ESV verses that show God is not just a God of love but God hates sin. God hates violence, and evil doers.

  • Psalm 5:4-6 “For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.  The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.”
  • Psalm 11:5 “The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.”
  • Pro 16:5 “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.”
  • Pro 6:16-19 “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers”
  • Pro 3:32 “for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.”
  • Mat 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels”
  • Luke 13:27 “But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’”

God hates specific things

all who do wrong

Ps. 5:5 “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;  you hate all evildoers.”

false teachers

Rev. 2:6 “Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”


Deut. 16:22 “And you shall not set up a pillar, which the Lord your God hates.”
divorce, violent men

Mal. 2:16 ” “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.””

Prov. 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil  and perverted speech I hate.”


Amos 6:8 “The Lord God has sworn by himself, declares the Lord, the God of hosts: “I abhor the pride of Jacob  and hate his strongholds,  and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.””

The God hates specific things section is from a cheat sheet from Living Waters.