Proverbs 8:13 Hate Evil

We know the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom [Proverbs 1:7]. Yet the question remains: How do you fear the Lord? Are we supposed to walk on eggshells throughout our existence hoping we don’t get struck down at any moment? That kind of life is no life at all. Thankfully, Solomon gave us a clue as to what this means.

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.

Proverbs 8:13

Hate evil! Such a simple thing to say, but do we take it to heart? If we did, would it change the songs we listen to on the radio where perversity and evil ways are celebrated? How about the things we see on film where the villain is often portrayed as cool and enviable? If we hated evil would not these things be despised rather than embraced?