In Proverbs 6:16-19 we read about “six things the Lord hates – no, seven things he detests:”
1. Haughty eyes, being arrogantly proud, overbearing and self-important.
2. A lying tongue: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” You can actually kill someone with words. When you speak words of slander, gossip, false accusation, hatred, criticism, discouragement and contempt, you can actually kill someone. Such words over days and weeks, months and years can actually break someone’s spirit.