I finished the reading the Bible Dictionary, (see some of my old posts on that topic) and wanted to do something different for scripture study. I decided to go through the Topical Guide, looking for scriptures that had unusual meanings. For my first entry, I thought I would discuss the word Abhor, which says immediately after, “See also Despise ; Hate ; Loathe“. I know what abhor means, but this scripture was kind of strange.
In Leviticus 26, God says
9 For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.
10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.
11 And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.
12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
God seemingly says he loves Israel, so it seems a little strange that He says “my soul shall not abhor you.” I mean, when I talk to my wife, I tell her I love her. I never think to say “my soul shall not abhor you.” It seems to take away from the expression of love, IMO. It just seems like a strange thing to say.
But then again, later, God says in Psalm 78,
59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:
Does Despise, Hate, or Loathe not really capture what God is saying here? Is God breaking his promise in Leviticus?