Let me describe for you a worthless and a wicked man; first, he is a constant liar; he signals his true intentions to his friends with eyes and feet and fingers.
He is always thinking up new schemes to swindle people. He stirs up trouble everywhere. But he will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond hope of healing. 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 hurry to run to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family. Proverbs 6:12-19 (NRSV)
It’s a pretty odious list – lying, killing the innocent, plotting; but note the Hebrew mind presents this list as if building a mountain. The peak of the mountain would be what the Lord hates most, #7 – sowing discord in a family. I call it the “art of division”.
The phrase brings up the picture of a worthless man with a broadcast spreader, showering words of flattery, deceit and misdirection over people who should be cooperating for good. These are “weed words” designed to divide friends, co-workers, neighbors and nations. Instead of sowing confidence and truth among people, a worthless person divides and weakens.
…and God says he HATES that!
And whatever God says He hates has a tendency to run into trouble…big trouble!