Pride – Arrogance and Conceit

Arrogance and Haughtiness
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“Pride – Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.”
Proverbs 16:5 (NKJV)

Proverbs 16:5 King James Version (KJV) Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV) These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters join me as we journey through the valley of pride. Pride {often translated as ‘arrogance’ and ‘conceit’} is an abomination {the feeling of extreme disgust and hatred} to the Lord. Psalm 101:5 New Living Translation (NLT) I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. I will not endure conceit and pride. Jesus included pride as one of the evil things that defiles a man {makes a person spiritually corrupt}. ‘And he said, That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 Covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lustfulness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.’ [See Mark 7:1-23 (focus verses 17-23; key verse: 22)]

Pride in Proverbs

Proverbs 8:12-13 New Heart English Bible (NHEB)I, wisdom, have made prudence my dwelling. Find out knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth. Proverbs 16:18 Good News Translation (GNT) Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall. Proverbs 29:23 Bible in Basic English (BBE) A man’s pride will be the cause of his fall, but he who has a gentle spirit will get honour. Proverbs 11:2 Catholic Public Domain Version (CPDV) Wherever arrogance may be, there too is insult. But wherever humility is, there too is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 Brenton’s English Septuagint 1851 (BES) Wherever pride enters, there will be also disgrace: but the mouth of the lowly meditates wisdom.


  • An excessively or overhigh opinion of oneself; exaggerated self-esteem; conceit. The showing of this in behavior; haughtiness; arrogance. Pride is a high or an excessive esteem of one’s self for some real or imagined superiority, as rank, wealth, talents, character, etc. The quality or state of being proud as: excessive self-esteem; conceit a reasonable or justifiable self-respect a delight or elation arising from some act or possession.
  • The character of one who, with a swollen estimate of his own powers or merits, looks down on others and even treats them with insolence {offensiveness; rudeness; insults} and contempt.
  • Empty boasting, mere bragging 2. (by implication) self-confidence 3. empty, braggart talk 3a. an insolent and empty assurance, which trusts in its own power and resources and shamefully despises and violates divine laws and human rights 3b. an impious and empty presumption which trusts in the stability of earthly things. James 4:6 ‘boasting’; 1 John 2:16
Arrogance, Haughtiness and Disdain
  • Haughtiness {snobbishness; conceit} denotes the expression of conscious and proud superiority. Arrogance {pretention; smugness; self-love; self-worship} is a disposition to claim for one’s self more than is justly due, and enforce it to the utmost. Disdain in the exact reverse of condescension toward inferiors, since it expresses and desires others to feel how far below ourselves we consider them.

III. GOD’S SPECIAL JUDGMENTS AGAINST PRIDE. He chastises nations by bringing upon them national calamities. In Scripture we find it is this sin that has drawn down the most severe judgments on individuals, such as Nebuchadnezzar, Uzziah, Hezekiah, Ahithophel, Herod (see also the Laodiceans). Is not pride convicted as in every shape utterly un-Christian, as the primary cause of the fall of man, as in all ages the foundation of most heinous sins, of the most tremendous judgments? Then leave pride to the proud. Be not ye corrupted to call evil good, and darkness light. Pride is ever setting itself up against heaven. When it looks to God, it is with a desire of being freed from dependence on Him. When it considers men, it undervalues His gifts to others; and prompts us to act, with respect to His gifts to ourselves, as though they were inherent in us, or were our due. Scrutinise your own bosom that you may discover whether it is under the influence of pride. – Thos. Gisborne, M.A.

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“Pride – Jesus says “…without me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 (NKJV)

John 15:5-8 (RKJNT) I am the vine, you are the branches: He who abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. 6 If a man does not abide in me, he is thrown away as a branch, and withers; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so prove to be my disciples.

Jesus helps us to know we have no reason to boast or for pride without Him. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (BBE) This is the word of the Lord: Let not the wise man take pride in his wisdom, or the strong man in his strength, or the man of wealth in his wealth: 24 But if any man has pride, let it be in this, that he has the wisdom to have knowledge of me, that I am the Lord, working mercy, giving true decisions, and doing righteousness in the earth: for in these things I have delight, says the Lord.

1 John 2:15-17 (RKJNT) Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passes away, along with its lusts: but he who does the will of God abides forever.

NOTE: Clarke’s Commentary on the BibleFor all that is in the world – All that it can boast of, all that it can promise, is only sensual, transient gratification, and even this promise it cannot fulfill; so that its warmest votaries can complain loudest of their disappointment. The lust of the flesh – Sensual and impure desires which seek their gratification in women, strong drink, delicious viands, and the like. Lust of the eyes – Inordinate desires after finery of every kind, gaudy dress, splendid houses, superb furniture, expensive equipage, trappings, and decorations of all sorts. Pride of life – Hunting after honors, titles, and pedigrees; boasting of ancestry, family connections, great offices, honorable acquaintance, and the like.

Philippians 3:17-21 Common English Bible (CEB) Brothers and sisters, become imitators of me and watch those who live this way—you can use us as models. 18 As I have told you many times and now say with deep sadness, many people live as enemies of the cross. 19 Their lives end with destruction. Their god is their stomach, and they take pride in their disgrace because their thoughts focus on earthly things. 20 Our citizenship is in heaven. We look forward to a savior that comes from there—the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform our humble bodies so that they are like his glorious body, by the power that also makes him able to subject all things to himself. [Reference James 4:13-17; Romans 12:16]

Pride manifests itself by praising ourselves, adoring our persons, attempting to appear before others in a superior light to what we are; contempt and slander of others; envy at the excellences others possess; anxiety to gain applause; distress and rage when slighted; impatience of contradiction, and opposition to God himself.

Romans 1:28-32 (RKJNT) And as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper. 29 They were filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malevolence; whisperers, 30 Slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, untrustworthy, without natural affection, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the just decree of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do these things, but applaud those who practice them.

NOTE: Romans 1 verses 28 and 30 Expanded Bible (EXB) [And since/just as] People did not ·think it was important [consider it worthwhile; see fit] to ·have a true knowledge of [or acknowledge] God. So God ·abandoned them to [allowed them to pursue; gave them over to] ·their own worthless thinking [a depraved/corrupted mind] to do things they should not do. 30 and ·say evil things about each other [slanderers; backstabbers]. They hate God. They are ·rude [insolent; haughty] and ·conceited [proud; arrogant] and ·brag about themselves [boastful]. They invent ways of doing evil. They do not ·obey [respect] their parents.

Scriptures to read and study

John 15:1-8 (focus verse: 5); Mark 7:1-23 (focus verses: 20-23); Isaiah 2:5-22 (focus verse: 17); Proverbs 6:16-19 (focus verses: 16-17); 1 Corinthians 4:6-13 (focus verse: 6-7); Proverbs 8:12-21 (focus verses: 12-13); 1 Peter 5:5-11 {(focus verses: 5-7); compare James 4:6; reference Proverbs 3:34}; Psalms 24:1-6; 1 John 2:15-17; Philippians 3:7-21 (focus verses: 18-19); Romans 1:18-32 (focus verses: 28-32)


1 Peter 5:5-11 (BBE) And in the same way, let the younger men be ruled by the older ones. Let all of you put away pride and make yourselves ready to be servants: for God is a hater of pride, but he gives grace to those who make themselves low. 6 For this cause make yourselves low under the strong hand of God, so that when the time comes you may be lifted up; 7 Putting all your troubles on him, for he takes care of you.

8 Be serious and keep watch; the Evil One, who is against you, goes about like a lion with open mouth in search of food; 9 Do not give way to him but be strong in your faith, in the knowledge that your brothers who are in the world undergo the same troubles. 10 And after you have undergone pain for a little time, the God of all grace who has given you a part in his eternal glory through Christ Jesus, will himself give you strength and support, and make you complete in every good thing; 11 His is the power for ever. So be it.
NOTE: 1 Peter 5:5 and James 4:6 quote Proverbs 3:34 in stating “God resisteth the proud”; the translations based on the Septuagint come closest to reflecting this quote: Charles Thomson Translation (CTT), Brenton’s English Septuagint (BES), and the Complete Apostle’s Bible (CAB).

A person filled with pride does not have or display humility or modesty. “…All of you should be very humble with each other [clothe yourselves with humility toward one another]. [Because:] “God is against [resists; opposes] the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.1” Pride is sin when a person boasts about and takes credit for what they have, what they have done, how they look and / or what they know. We must humbly acknowledge God, the creator of all things 2, “The earth and everything on it belong to the Lord. The world and its people belong to him.3” “Is there any reason to consider yourselves better than others? What do you have that you didn’t receive? If you received it as a gift, why do you boast like it is something you achieved on your own?4” Be blessed my friends—Tim.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) Remember this: There are some terrible times coming in the last days. 2 People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud and boast about themselves. They will abuse others with insults. They will not obey their parents. They will be ungrateful and against all that is pleasing to God. 3 They will have no love for others and will refuse to forgive anyone. They will talk about others to hurt them and will have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 People will turn against their friends. They will do foolish things without thinking and will be so proud of themselves. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. 5 They will go on pretending to be devoted to God, but they will refuse to let that “devotion” change the way they live. Stay away from these people!

References: 1 excerpt from the Expanded Bible 1 Peter 5:5 | 2 Isaiah 45:7-12; John 1:1-5 (focus verse: 3); Colossians 1:15-20; Romans 11:33-36 (focus verse: 36) | 3 Psalms 24:1 Contemporary English Version | 4 1 Corinthians 4:7 The Voice
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From the Book of Sirach / Ecclesiasticus 10:12-18 (GNT) Pride has its beginning when a person abandons the Lord, his maker. 13 Pride is like a fountain pouring out sin, and whoever persists in it will be full of wickedness. That is why the Lord brought terrible punishments on some people and completely destroyed them. 14 The Lord has overthrown kings and put humbler people in their place. 15 The Lord has pulled up nations by the roots and established humbler ones in their place. 16 The Lord has overthrown empires and completely devastated their lands. 17 He destroyed some so completely that they are not even remembered any more. 18 The Creator never intended for human beings to be arrogant and violent.

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  2. I’m really glad I stopped by the page this morning… I’ve learned some things.. Some i was familiar,some not…
    But i learned and..,
    will try my hardest to govern myself.. Pride can be very dangerous… for nothing we are granted is ours…
    It’s the Lords….,,

    • Thank you so much for your comments; I am delighted that you stopped by also. Remember, the born again have ‘self-control’, so you do not have to “try my hardest to govern myself”. Our wise God once told me, “I gave you self-control, use it”; now I no longer have to “try”; I have the help that I need. Please read / study Self-control – Fruit of the Spirit.

  3. I am so blessed to have this ministry in my life..MY soul and heart seeks relief in the passage of scripture and knowledge of learning GOD’S word.I am deeply grateful for the truth..Sometimes it is hard seeing what I don’t understand.but knowing why such nonsense exist. YOU have truly but the nail in the center of the air IN which is around ME.But I stand true to the truth and and stand humble to the sights of GOD’S word and I will continue holding on to GOD’S unchanging hands..thanks for letting me in your life Bishop YOU AND First Lady Ann are truly amazing people that GOD has brought into my life…forever grateful.AND forever friends..(+)…Chawn..

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