In no particular order —
- a proud look – speaks of a person who would want his or her will above the will of God and the will of others. It speaks of people who are arrogant and full of themselves.
- a lying tongue – hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth works the same kind of ruin. Those that lie to injure another hates them in proportion to the injury and in proportion to the innocence of the injured.
- hands that kill innocent people – Jesus said that long before we would actually murder somebody, we murder them with the anger in our hearts
- a mind that thinks up wicked plans – this war between good and evil is raging in all people. A minister, exposed for adultery, confessed: “My evil nature held a strange charm over me. It made me chase false dreams that I knew would fade away. It kept me chained to a lust that finally destroyed me. It forced me into compromises that weakened me. Its promises of true love ended up only as a mirage. And, even though I knew I would keep on getting hurt, I followed the dictates of my evil mind like an obedient slave.”
- feet that hurry off to do evil – if you look at the newer versions of the Bible, you’ll find various words chosen to describe the feet. One says they “Rush”; another has them “Mak[ing] haste”; a third sees them moving “Rapidly“. And so on. The words differ, but the emphasis is the same: The feet are in a hurry to do wrong. They don’t stumble into sin, but chase after it.
- a witness who tell one lie after another – this moral prescription flows from the vocation of a holy people to bear witness to their God who is the truth and wills the truth. Offenses against the truth expressed by word or deed is a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of the covenant.
- a person who stirs up trouble among friends – it is a fraudulent person who knows how to sow strife: and a whisperer seemingly has the power to separate the best of friends.