Hate—found 208 times (164 times in the Old Testament and forty-four times in the New Testament) in 194 verses

Variations: hate, hated, hateful, hatefully, haters, hatest, hateth, hatred

First usage: Genesis 24:60 (hate)

Last usage: Revelation 18:2 (hateful)

Defined: to feel intense dislike for someone or something; can also mean to love less in comparison (Genesis 29:30-31)

Interesting fact: Some have suggested that the ultimate solution to our sin problem involves merely learning to hate sin more. However, the apostle Paul pointed to an inner struggle as he warred against doing that which he hated (Romans 7:15).

Bible study tip: Preconceived ideas and simple unbelief are two of the greatest enemies against sound Bible study. For instance, it is important to keep in check the preconceived ideas concerning hatred as you study the Bible. As always, allow the context to determine the word’s meaning in each case. Also, be sure to allow the connotation of the passage to demonstrate whether hatred is an act of righteousness or an act of sin.

Sunday, Day 141—Church Day (no devotional)

Monday, Day 142God Hates

Tuesday, Day 143—Loving Those Who Hate the Lord

Wednesday, Day 144—Church Night (no devotional)

Thursday, Day 145—Those Who Love the LORD, Hate Evil

Friday, Day 146—Hated by the World for Doing Right

Saturday, Day 147—God’s Favour for the Hated

Day 141: Church Day

Psalm 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.