(Pro 8:13 KJV) The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Most people are familiar with Proverbs 9:10.
(Pro 9:10 KJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
We have another definition of what it is to “fear” (3374) the Lord. Too often we have Mercy Christians who want to understand and support rather than judge. If that is done with our eyes open it is possible to do it spiritually. It is exercising the spiritual gift of mercy. But if we refuse to see evil as evil, we have a problem.
One of the repeated truths in Proverbs is the recognition of evil. We are to “hate” (8130) “evil” (7451b). In order to hate it, you have to recognize and acknowledge it as evil. Too often I hear people claiming to be believers who don’t want to call evil by its name.
Evil is defined. It is not just some general value that might be out there somewhere. Evil is ever present in the people around us and possibly in ourselves. We can see it, and, if we have the courage, identify it. This is important in dealing with other people. It helps us know who to trust and cooperate with. This is important in ourselves. It helps us to see the seeds of behavior that can be weeded out. I think this infers we can see evil and do something about it.
Evil is “pride” (1344). Evil is “arrogance” (1344). Notice this is the same word. Strange.
There is an evil “way” (1870). When you see these characteristics, recognize it as a way of life, not a temporary quirk. It is not cute or needing understanding, it is evil.
Evil is a “perverted” (8419) “mouth” (6310).
Proverbs will continue to define evil. It exists.