One of those many things He hates is a "forward mouth" (Prov. 8:13). God even calls "being froward" an abomination (Prov. 3:32). Since I did not know what that was, I thought I would do a study on it; it never hurts to make sure I am not guilty of whatever it is!
The word "froward," by itself, is found in twenty-four verses, twelve of which are in Proverbs. The phrase "a froward mouth" appears three times in the Bible, all of them are in Proverbs:
* "Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee" (Prov. 4:24)
* "A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth" (Prov. 6:12).
* "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate" (Prov. 8:13).
The Blue Letter Bible shows one Hebrew word translated "froward" as being עִקְּשׁוּת (`iqqĕshuwth). It is found in Proverbs 4:24 and 6:12), where it means "distortion" or "crookedness." A second Hebrew word, תַּהְפֻּכוֹת (tahpukah), is translated as such in Proverbs 8:13; there, it has to do with "being perverse."
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary/Thesaurus defines "froward" as: "habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition." Synonyms are: "defiant, disrespectful, ill-mannered, impolite, impudent, insolent, rude, disobedient, headstrong, etc."
While I have been guilty of some of those in the past, and most likely will be again, the cure for a "froward mouth" is found in Philippians 4:8:
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."