Woe to the crown of pride.

Isaiah 28:1

In the King James Bible, the word Pride is mentioned 49 times in the Old Testament. When you translate each to its original word in Hebrew you will see that 11 different words are used. Although 11 different words are used the meanings of many of these words are very similar. Arrogance, presumption, and pride are some of the shared meanings of these words. Some of them are defined as making oneself high and lifted up or majestic.

Pride is always portrayed as sinful and foolish in The Bible. God has a very low regard for those that are proud and distances himself from them. Those that are prideful are full of anger and wrath. Although the proud seem to prosper we can learn a lot about why God allows this to happen. The Bible literally tells us plainly that God hates pride. It is an abomination. Let’s explore some key scripture verses from the Bible to get a better understanding on what God thinks about pride.

Pride can be defined as elevating one`s opinions and thoughts above God`s authoritative Word

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The Origins Of Pride

After the fall of man, in the garden of Eden all of the human race inherited from Adam and Eve a fallen sinful nature. We have a fleshly carnal mind (Colossians 2:18), (Romans 8:7), sinful works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19), and an evil heart (Matthew 15:19).

21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 

22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 

23 all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Mark 7:21-23

Jesus is telling us in the book of Mark that pride comes from the heart of man. The heart is a part of the human soul. The soul is made up of the mind, will and emotions. The Bible describes the heart as being evil and can be in various stages of the fallen state. Read about the Sower and the seed in the Bible to learn more. Our heart must be filled with God’s word daily and we must be filled with his spirit daily to keep it clean. It is a daily cleansing because it is a daily walk. It must be maintained. We must work to keep it pure and holy for God. Our heart is considered a garden.

Prior to mankind pride had existed. The Bible tells us that Satan became prideful and exalted himself above God.

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isaiah 14

Isaiah 14:12-15 refers to the King of Babylon. It is also symbolically referring to Satan. Pride is the first sin mentioned in the Bible. It predates the sins of Adam and Eve. There are many things we can learn from this. All of Satan’s abilities, gifts and traits were given to him by God. However instead of being humble and thankful he thinks he can use them to dethrone God himself. The idea or thought that we can use God’s own creations to dethrone him is complete nonsense.

They have movies and video games where men are fighting a Greek god with a man-made sword or weapon and they are able to kill this Greek god. This whole concept is one of the most foolish things a man has ever thought up. No man-made weapon can kill or touch the real God. Those that want to reference the cross do not understand that the word purposely came to die in that body. His new body, however, can walk through walls. He did it multiple times after his resurrection. His new body is immortal. Prior to even having a body he existed in another form as well. Pride is rightfully deemed in scripture as foolish.

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Proverbs 14:3

Pride also blinds people through deception. It gives them a false sense of self-worth and being.

The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? 

Obadiah 1:3

Pride is a deceiver. It is fitting that the one the Bible calls the deceiver is also himself being deceived by pride itself.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: 

Revelation 12:9

Pride is the Crown of the Foolish

1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! 

2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand. 

3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:

Isaiah 28:1-3

Pride will pass, pride will end. The pride of all men will vanish. Pride is in itself a vain thing. It is temporary. Being proud of sin is of itself a sin. A wise person will not associate themselves with the prideful. Their pride will come to an end. That end is determined by God himself. When that end comes you do not want to be associated with the prideful. Those that are proud are blinded and cannot see that it is God that gives them their strength. It is God that has numbered their days. It is also God that will judge them.

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 16:19

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Proverbs 14:3

Pride and Oppression

Let not the proud oppress me

Psalm 119:122

There is a repeating characteristic that comes with pride and those that are proud, that characteristic is oppression. All through scripture the Bible speaks of men that are full of pride and arrogance. Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Moab and the Philistines are just some in the Bible who were full of pride. Nebuchadnezzar not only oppressed the children of Israel he also oppressed his own people. He was full of anger and pride. The pharaoh of Egypt in Moses day also demonstrated pride.

The Bible makes a connection between the Babylon during Daniels time and a Babylon in the book of revelation. Some of these connections are oppression, pride, and idolatry. Babylon is a kingdom that oppresses God’s people, his word, and any freedom to serve and worship the one true God. The Babylon in the book of Revelation murders God’s people just as it did in Daniels day. Any that did not fully submit would be thrown into the fiery furnace for example.

Fornication and adulatory are both terms used to describe different types of pagan worship. They are used in referring to unfaithful spouses, but they are also used when referring to humans worshipping or serving pagan gods. Pride is overwhelmingly dominant in both. Babylon was conquered by the Persians.

The End of the Prideful

The Babylon in the book of Revelation will end quickly. They refer to her as a mighty city and that her judgement came in just one hour. Although the Babylonian exile lasted for 70 years the word of God would be fulfilled in God’s own time. It may seem as though the prideful are the greatest in the earth and that nothing could destroy them, but God tells us that it is actually him that set them up. God allows them to think it was their ideas, but it was actually his. God sets the prideful up right where he wants them. To all they appear indestructible. To God however, they are at his mercy.

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then understood I their end.

18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: Thou castedst them down into destruction.

19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors

Psalm 73:17-19

Earlier in the chapter we learn that Asaph (The author of this Psalm) is talking about a group of men that are full of pride. The Bible gives us all a clear warning when it comes to pride and the end of those that are prideful. God is in control.

Pride goeth before destruction, And an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

God Hates Pride

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the froward mouth, do I hate.

Proverbs 8:13

If you do not fear the Lord, then you are not one of his. You are not born again, and you are not a Christian. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of real wisdom and knowledge. It is that wisdom that brings a person to salvation through Jesus Christ. If you take on the nature of Christ you will have an abhorring hatred toward sins, all sin. The sins you once struggled with should be your main concern but overall, you will hate all sin.

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: But he will establish the border of the widow.

Proverbs 15:25

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: Though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 16:5

If you research scripture, you will find that what drove Christ to the cross besides the fact that he wanted to please the father was his love towards us while we were still sinners. However, while studying you will also come across his hatred towards sin. He took sin to the cross within his own body and killed our sin in his own body. Every pain he felt was also happening to our sin. Research the scripture in depth and this revelation will be revealed to you. You cannot love mankind and not hate sin at the same time.

If you claim you love mankind and yet don’t hate sin, then you are extremely misinformed. Study the entire Bible and learn the absolute destruction sin brings.

49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 

50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good

Ezekiel 16:49-50

Sodom and Gomorrah were guilty of many different sins. Ezekiel only lists some of them. All of the sins they were guilty of are found throughout the bible. “committed abomination” is also mentioned. This is in reference to homosexuality. You cannot Love mankind and also love the thing that is keeping them bound, blind and sending them to hell for eternity. There is a saying, “Love is blind”. God’s love is never blind. God’s love is not built on blindness, delusion or blatant lies.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Psalms 10:4

Pride keeps people from turning to God and from seeing the error of their own ways. Pride brings shame to an individual, group or a nation. Pride comes in variations and in different measures. In all things we are to give thanks to God and acknowledge that everything that is truly good comes from him. All of our abilities, talents and strengths are a gift from God. If it were not for God, we would not have anything good.

There is a saying, “Give honor to whom honor is due”. Pride is giving honor to thyself instead of acknowledging the honor belongs to God. Whether it’s because of blindness to the reality of God or through deliberately leaving him out, pride is a sin either way.

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: But with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

James 4:6

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