Themes in Proverbs: Hatred

Proverbs 15:17

Better is a dish of vegetables where love is, Than a fattened ox served with hatred.


A meal of fattened ox represents abundance, and prosperity. A dish of vegetables, by contrast, represents poverty and disadvantage. Yet, no   matter the meal, we would all choose abundance and prosperity over anything else.

But what about the environment that is paired with the meal. In one situation, a simple meal is joined with love, in the other, a meal of abundance is accompanied with hatred.

One situation, one environment, is far superior. The food, or thereby anything external, is negated by the atmosphere of hatred.

Our homes must be places of love. Our assemblies must be places of love too. Wherever we are, no matter what we have or lack, we must have love.

Love is a mutual feeling of affection, and compassion. Moreover, love is not increased or decreased by things, by material possessions. Love remains with or without.