Pride is Sin Part 1 of 4


Pride is portrayed as a necklace, a crown and fruit in the Bible. The Bible also says it persecutes, testifies, deceives, and brings low. It is often seen as the first sin. It is the sin which caused the Devil to fall from his privileged position as an angel of light. The devil then used the same sin to tempt Adam and Eve away from their fellowship with Almighty God. Satan still tempts us today with the sin of pride.

So what is the world’s definition of Pride?

First, it is the quality or state of being proud, as in inordinate self-esteem or conceit, or a reasonable or justifiable self-respect or delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship (such as parental pride). Secondly, pride is also defined as proud or disdainful behavior or treatment. A third definition is an ostentatious display.

So What are We Typically Proud of?

Here’s a small list:

Spouses Children Good Looks Skills
Where we Live Money we Make Scholarly Degrees Houses we Own
How Smart we Are Schools we Attended Work Accomplishments Sports Teams Successes
Cars, Boats, Motorcycles Fitness or Physical Aspects What we Make or “Create” Awards/Recognition/Titles
Our Ancestry or Nationality Children’s Accomplishments How Much we Give or Donate Our Self-Sufficiency

Hebrew words for Pride

Tip’eret (or tip’arah) Besides pride, it is also translated as beauty, ornament, and distinction. The word represents “beauty,” in the sense of the characteristic enhancing one’s appearance,   and it also represents “honor”  of a nation, in the sense of its position before God. “And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty”  Ex 28:2

Gobah refers to the “height” of things 2 Chron 3:4 and of men 1 Sam 17:4. Besides height, it is also translated as exaltation, grandeur, haughtiness and of course pride. See the “grandeur” of Job 40:10 or the “haughtiness” or “pride” 2 Chron 32:26

Ga’on The majority of the uses of ga’on are negative in that they connote human “pride” as an antonym for humility Prov 16:18. Proverbs puts ga’on together with arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse speech.

Greek Words for Pride

huperephanos -Appearing above others(conspicuous)  Luke 1:51, Rom 1:30, II Tim 3:2, James 4:6, I Pet 5:5
 

tuphoo– To envelop with smoke,to inflate with self-conceit   I Tim 6:4

Let’s See What the Bible Says About the Great Sin

1 Corinthians 4:6

Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.

What is pride?

This verse shows us that pride relies upon competition, and that it cannot exist without competition. It’s always about you or me against another.

See also Galatians 6:4 and James 1:9-10


2 Corinthians 5:12

We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.

What is pride?

From this verse we learn that You can be proud of someone else and still be in God’s will. When we are outside of God’s will we can boast in what is seen (the physical aspects of life) as opposed to the spiritual.

See also: 2 Corinthians 7:4, 2 Corinthians 8:24


Now Let’s Look at Some Verses for the Word Proud

Luke 1:51

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

What is pride?

From this passage we see that pride is something in your heart. One can be conceited and never show it outwardly.


1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

What is pride?

Since it is not lovely to God, pride is evil.

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