August 11 – What Pride Really Is

 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2  (ESV)

Pride. What is it? Why does the Bible frame the act of pride as something that is disgraceful? Aren’t we “proud” of our each other or our children when they do well? Is there a way to be righteously proud? Honestly, probably not. And because the Bible is quite clear about the sin of pride, it is not surprising that it is yet another word which the world has twisted to make it sound commonly good. Nothing wrong with striving to do our best and being satisfied when we are able – but in our response we should give credit not to our own selves but to God who gives us the ability to do well in what he instructs us to do. We’ve come to use the word in place of meaning we’re “thankful to God” and we rob God of the credit He is due.  The word ‘pride” is from a root meaning “to boil,” or “to run over.”  It indicates an overwhelmingly arrogant attitude or behavior. It is used of ordinary men; kings; Israel; false prophets; and murderers.*  Our verse compares “the humble.” Occurring only here and its verbal form is used only in Micah 6:8, “walk humbly”


* ordinary men (Dt 17:12, 13); kings (Ne 9:10); Israel (Ne 9:16, 29); false prophets (Dt 18:20); and murderers (Ex 21:14).