He who withholds his rod hates his son,
but he who loves him disciplines him diligently. Proverbs 13:24 NASB Rod – God’s idea of training involves correction, sometimes correction that stings. We, of course, are more civilized. Who would ever consider punishing a child with a rod these days? Probably only those who risk being taken […]

See my enemies who are many and with outrageous hatred despise me.  Psalm 25:19  Robert Alter translation Despise – Buried in the Hebrew text is a powerful repetition not evident in Alter’s translation (but clear in the ESV).  “Hatred” and “despise” are from the same Hebrew root, sane.  To hate describes an emotional reaction of […]

“He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.” John 12:25 Hates – In Greek, the root is miseo.  It usually implies active ill will toward someone or something.  It is the opposite of agapao (to love, cf. Matthew 5:43).  This is […]

“you have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’” Matthew 5:43 Enemy – Who said that?  Who said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy”?  If you look at the reference in Leviticus 19:18, you won’t find the second part of this citation.  In fact, you will find […]

punishing the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and forth generation of those that hate me.  Deuteronomy 5:9 Hate – What happens when we bow down and serve false gods?  Among other things, our children suffer.  Why?  Because our attitudes and actions demonstrate that we do not need God.  They […]