“The arrogant shall not stand in your sight.”
¨ […] it is a very just inference from this, that iniquity is hateful to God, and that, therefore, He will execute His just punishment upon all the wicked. He calls those fools, according to a frequent use of the term in Scripture, who, impelled by blind passion, rush headlong into sin. Nothing is more foolish, than for the ungodly to cast away the fear of God, and suffer the desire of doing mischief to be their ruling principle: yea, there is no madness worse than the contempt of God, under the influence of which men pervert all right. JC
¨ Folly is the designation of boasting; and of sin generally, with the additional idea of high-mindedness here, which is especially offensive to God. JFB, A.R. Fausset
¨ Oh, how foolish are we if we attempt to entertain two guests so hostile to one another as Christ Jesus and the devil! Rest assured, Christ will not live in the parlor of our hearts if we entertain the devil in the cellar of our thoughts… A little sin is a great folly, and the greatest of all folly is great sin. Such sinful fools as these must be banished from the court of heaven. Earthly kings were wont to have fools in their trains, but the only wise God will have no fools in His palace above.
¨ […] wicked men…, who are indeed morally and really madmen, in fighting with the Lord God Almighty, and exposing themselves to such dreadful hazards and mischiefs for such mean and monetary advantages. [They cannot stand in thy sight] either in battle against thee… or in judgment at thy tribunal… MP
¨ [These men] are not able to maintain their position when they become manifest before the eye of God. K&D, Franz Delitzsch
“[…] you hate all workers of iniquity.”
¨ The verbal phrases “[you are not a God] who takes pleasure” (vs. 4), “you hate” (vs. 5), and “the Lord abhors” (vs. 6) affirm three times God’s absolute hatred of evil. In Malachi’s days some argued that God “delights” in evildoers (Mal. ). But in response, the Lord revealed how He will quickly judge the unfaithful people... Similarly, the negative statements “cannot dwell” (vs. 4) and “cannot stand” (vs. 5) are completed by the phrase “you destroy,” having the same root as the verb in 1:6: “but the way of the wicked will perish.” God hates both sin and those who sin against Him. EBC, W. VanGemeren
¨ It is not a little dislike, but a thorough hatred which God bears towards workers of iniquity. To be hated of God is an awful thing. O let us be very faithful in warning the wicked around us, for it will be a terrible thing for them to fall into the hands of an angry God.
¨ Such men Jehovah hates; for if He did not hate evil, His love would not be a holy love. K&D, Franz Delitzsch
¨ [God has a] continued aversion to them, denying them His grace and favor, and rejecting them from all nearness to Him and communion with Him; and may include the everlasting punishment of them, by which His discipline and hatred will be made manifest: and He is impartial in it, without any respect to persons, high or low, rich or poor; indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, will come upon every soul of man that does evil. God's love to His own people was antecedent to sin, and was placed upon them in Christ, in whom their persons are always well pleasing to Him; and though they sinned in Adam, and became actual transgressors of His law, yet such was His love to their persons, that He saves them from their sins by the blood and righteousness of His son. JG
¨ The workers of iniquity are very foolish. Sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; not fools of God’s making (those are to be pitied), for He hates nothing that He has made, but fools of their own making, and those He hates. Wicked people hate God; justly therefore are they hated of Him, and it will be their endless misery and ruin. MH
I think it may be wise to consider the biblical concept of godly hate. I remember a few years ago hearing a pastor, in a Reformed church, try and pawn off Rom. as “Jacob have I loved, Esau have I loved less.” I also remember a fellow Reformed Christian trying to explain to me how God loves all men indiscriminately regardless of if they are saved or not by the fact that He has not immediately destroyed them. All of us at some point or another have heard this argument proposed.
Thou my soul's shelter, thou my high tower:
Raise thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.”
Men may reject you, ridicule you, persecute you for the truth, but may we stand sure and unwavering regardless of what the cost may be. May the richness of God’s glory shine forth forever more!