However I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, ‘Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate.’ Bible

“hate.” When God uses the word “hate” in this context, He does not mean that He has a “deep, enduring, intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards” what the people were doing (Penguin Dictionary of Psychology definition of “hate”). He means He is disgusted and repulsed by what the people were doing. [For more on the large semantic range of “hate” and its use in the Bible, see commentary on Prov. 1:22, “hate”].

Commentary for: Jeremiah 44:4