Does God Hate Sinners?

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Several verses in the Bible suggest, despite liberal denial, that God actually does sometimes hate sinners. Indeed, what else would the phrase the "fear of the Lord" mean, which is mentioned dozens of times in the Bible?

Here are verses which describe God as hating or disliking sinners:[1]

  • Malachi 1:3
  • Psalms 5:6 ("... The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.")
  • Psalms 7:11
  • Proverbs 1:26 (The Lord says, "I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes")
  • Proverbs 3:32,34 ("for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD ... Toward the scorners he is scornful")[2]
  • Romans 9:13

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  1. Citations are to the NASB, except as noted.
  2. ESV quoted here.