Bible Study Outline on The Seven Deadly Sins
The seven deadly sins is found in Proverbs 6:16-19 which are a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV)
Proud look, pride leads to the destruction of a person. God does not like us to be proud. He wants us to humble ourselves before him. God exalts the humble but bring the proud down. The devil Satan also known as Lucifer, used to be one of the 3 arch angels in heaven but he was proud and wanted to be like God. As a result, God threw him and his followers down from heaven to hell. Satan means adversary and accuser in Hebrew. Satan is smart at deceiving and accusing people before the throne of God. Pride is the root of all sins and that is why it is listed as the worst sin. When you are proud in your heart, it will demonstrate in your look and eyes.
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5 KJV)
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:18-19 KJV)
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. (Proverbs 8:13 KJV)
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2 KJV)
A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. (Proverbs 29:23 KJV)
For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Galatians 6:3 KJV)
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Proverbs 26:12 KJV)
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. (Proverbs 27:2 KJV)
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Philippians 2:3 KJV)
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1 John 2:16 KJV)
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (Romans 12:16 KJV)
Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through? And the Lord saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them. (Jeremiah 9:12-16 KJV)
Revelation 21:8 records that all liars will be consigned to the lake of burning sulfur in the second death. There are many ways of lying including directly for protecting yourself, lying by omission, exaggerations, gossiping and etc. Christians are not to lie even if you are doing it to spread the gospel. Lying is a sin and you must avoid it at all circumstances. White lies are lies too even though it is harmless.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44 KJV)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:28-32 KJV)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (Colossians 3:9-10 KJV)
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Genesis 3:1-7 KJV)
Hands that Shed Innocent Blood
Hands that shed innocent blood is comparable to how Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross by the Roman soldiers when he had not done any crime that deserve the punishment. Shedding innocent blood does not just point to killers who kill people with weapons. It also refers to other crimes such as abortions; advertisements that influence you to buy something that will destroy your health such as cigarettes, alcohols, drugs and weight loss pills.
Thou shalt not kill. (Exodus 20:13 KJV)
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (Revelation 22:15 KJV)
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8 KJV)
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. (Exodus 23:7 KJV)
An Heart that Deviseth Wicked Imaginations
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations refers to plotting evil against someone. This example can be seen in King David who used Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, to deliver his own death sentence in a letter to Joab, the army commander who was besieging Rabbah. God used the prophet Nathan to point out his wrong. Although God forgave him, he still get punished. God’s punishment can be seen in the turmoils in his family. Amnon raped Tamar and now Absalom took revenge by killing him. Absalom ran to Geshur and hid there for 3 years before coming back. Some time after he came back, he plotted to overthrow his father’s kingdom so that David had to ran for his life. Eventually, Absalom was killed but he had already raped his father’s concubine. The same sin that David committed, he slept with Bathsheba when she was the wife of Uriah and then she got pregnant. However, their baby son die soon afterwards as a punishment of God.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 KJV)
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: (Matthew 6:14 KJV)
For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. (Proverbs 1:16 KJV)
For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief. (Proverbs 24:2 KJV)
Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. (Isaiah 59:7 KJV)
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:9-20 KJV)
Feet that be Swift in Running to Mischief
Feet that be swift in running to mischief refers to those who are quick in taking part in an evil crime with others. Some people has a weakness in doing mischief. As a result, they got into troubles frequently. They do not think about the consequences and do bad things without thinking twice as their hearts do not have any conviction at all. A Christian may have conviction from the Holy Spirit when he thinks of doing something bad. If you have this kind of weakness, you can ask God to help you overcome it through prayer.
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 KJV)
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:15)
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (2 Peter 2:17-22 KJV)
A False Witness that Speaketh Lies
A false witness that speaketh lies refers to a witness who tell lies when giving a witness. It is wrong to tell a lie during a witness, no matter if it is for a good intention. When you lie, you will have to tell other lies to cover it up. This can caused the lies that you made to catch up and come back to you.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. (Mark 10:19 KJV)
Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. (Exodus 23:1 KJV)
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. (Proverbs 19:5 KJV)
He that Soweth Discord Among Brethren
He that soweth discord among brethren refers to those who stirs up conflict among people so that they quarrel and there are divisions. Gossiping is an example of how a person can cause discord and division in the community. You must control your mouth by being careful not to chit chatting about someone else’s business. If someone gossip, you must stay out of it.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Forthe desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, thatthose who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:16-25 KJV)
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3 KJV)
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (Romans 16:17 KJV)