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Detestable

Not normally bantered about, detestable describes an odious, abhorred, and intensely disliked moment. It identifies an horrible evil that is suggested to be okay but is really morally and ethically wrong. Solomon in his wisdom said, "Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—both are detestable to the Lord" (Proverbs 17:15; 18:5). King Ahab, the ruler of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, illustrated this truth in his life in two crisp moments. He was faced with a war against Ben-hadad the King of Aram who had mobilized not only his own army but thirty-two other allies to attack Israel with him. God came to King Ahab through a prophet and told him how to gain the upper hand over these attackers. Victory was achieved and Ben-hadad retreated to Syria. However, the next spring he was back again with an even more powerful force. God came to Ahab and promised victory again, which He delivered on, but King Ben-hadad retreated to a nearby town and decided to humble himself and …