A Study on Pride and Humility
You rebuke the arrogant, who are cursed and who stray from your commands.
My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.
The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.
He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him..
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.
A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper. He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about[a] himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'”But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'”I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
1 Peter 5:2-6
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,”God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Some Questions to Consider:
- When are you most tempted with pride?
- Practically, how do we “humble ourselves” or “clothe ourselves in humility?”
- Have you ever been sure that the hand of God was humbling you?
- Have you ever chosen to be humble and experienced his grace in an obvious way?
1 Corinthians 1:28
1 Corinthians 3:18
1 Corinthians 13:4
2 Corinthians 10:17-18
2 Corinthians 11:30
2 Corinthians 12:6-10