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Neh. 13:23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people.


Even today, Christians can find themselves speaking in the language of “Ashdod.”


Euphemisms are sometimes used to make something not sound as bad as it is. Example:

Went to heaven: died (often used with children, as in "Grandma went to heaven.")


Uses of euphemisms which should be avoided: “by golly,” “darnit,” “holy molly,” “(hurts) like the Dickens,” “what the heck,” etc.


Not only should some euphemisms be avoided, but there are many WORDS in our language which also should be removed from our vocabulary. The word for our Bible study tonight is PROUD (Pride).


We have all said or heard said the below statements:


I’m proud of you.

I’m so proud of you.

Live right and make God proud of you.

You make me so proud.

We are proud to present our company to you.

God was proud of Job.

Be proud of your faith.

She was proud of her medical skills.


Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines:


Pride as…The quality or state of being proud; inordinate self-esteem; conceit; a reasonable or justifiable self-respect; delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.


Proud as…Feeling or showing pride; having or displaying excessive self-esteem; showing or feeling superiority toward others.


The Bible plainly teaches that “pride” is the desire to do one's own will and place it above God's will and his fellowmen. Pride is unreasonable self-esteem, generally accompanied by insolence and rude treatment of others. It deceives the heart (Jer. 49:16), hardens the mind (Dan. 5:20), and results in destruction (Prov. 16:18).


Pride/Proud are NEVER used in a good way in the Bible!

Pride               46 OT              3 NT                Total 49 times

Proud              42 OT              6 NT                Total 48 times

Proudly             9 OT


Old Testament


1341    Proud (2)         Haughty; Proud - Isa. 16:6; Jer. 13:15


1343    Proud (8)         Lofty; Arrogant; Proud - Job 40:11; Job 40:12; Ps. 94:2; Ps. 140:5;

                                    Prov. 15:25; Prov. 16:19; Isa. 2:12; Jer. 48:29


1344    Pride (1)          Arrogance; Pride - Prov. 8:13


1346    Pride (9)          Arrogance; Haughtiness; Pride - Job. 41:15; Ps. 10:2; Ps. 36:11;

Ps. 73:6; Prov. 14:3; Prov. 29:23; Isa. 9:9; Isa. 25:11; Zeph. 3:11

Proud (1)         Ps. 31:23

Proudly (1)      Ps. 31:18         

Haughtiness (2)          Isa. 13:11; Isa. 16:6     


1347    Pride (20)        Arrogancy; Pride; Proud; Swelling - Lev. 26:19; Job. 35:12;

Ps. 59:12; Prov. 16:18; Isa. 16:6; Isa. 16:6; Isa. 23:9; Jer. 13:9;

Jer. 13:9; Jer. 48:29; Jer. 48:29; Ez. 16:49; Ez. 16:56; Ez. 30:6; Hos. 5:5; Hos. 7:10; Zeph. 2:10; Zec. 9:6; Zec. 10:11; Zec. 11:3

Proud (1)         Job 38:11

Arrogancy (3)             Prov. 8:13; Isa. 13:11; Jer. 48:29         


1348    Pride (2)          Lifting up; Pride; Proudly - Isa. 28:1; Isa. 28:3

Proudly (1)      Ps. 17:10         


1349    Proud (1)         Haughty; Proud - Ps. 123:4


1362    Proud (2)         Lofty; High; Proud - Prov. 16:5; Ecc. 7:8


1363    Pride (2)          Elation; Arrogance; Haughty; Loftiness; Pride - 2 Chron. 32:26;

Ps. 10:4

            Loftiness (1)   Jer. 48:29

            Haughty (1)    Prov. 16:18


1364    Proud (1)         Elevated; Arrogant; Haughty; Lofty; Proud; Proudly - Ps. 138:6           

Proudly (1)      1 Sam. 2:3       

Haughty (1)    Isa. 10:33

Lofty (1)          Isa. 57:7


1419    Proud (1)         Proud things - Ps. 12:3


1431    Proudly (1)      Make large in mind; Boast; Proudly spoken - Oba. 12

            Boasted (1)     Ez. 35:13


1466    Pride (3)          Exaltation; Arrogance; Lifting up; Pride - Job 33:17; Jer. 13:17;

                                    Dan. 4:37


2086    Proud (12)       Arrogant, Presumptuous; Proud - Ps. 86:14; Ps. 119:21;

Ps. 119:51; Ps. 119:69; Ps: 119:78; Ps. 119:85; Ps. 119:122;

Prov. 21:24; Isa. 13:11; Jer. 43:2; Mal. 3:15; Mal. 4:1

            Presumptuous            (1)       Ps. 19:13


2087    Pride (6)          Arrogance; Presumptuously; Pride; Proud man – 1 Sam 17:28;

                                    Prov. 11:2; Prov. 13:10; Jer. 49:16; Ez. 7:10; Oba. 3

Proud (3)         Prov. 21:24; Jer. 50:31; Jer. 50:32

            Presumptuously (2)    Deut. 17:12; Deut. 18:22


2102    Proud (1)         To be insolent; Be proud; Presume, Deal proudly - Jer. 50:29

Proudly (4)      Ex. 18:11; Neh. 9:10; Neh. 9:16; Neh. 9:29     

Presumptuously (3)    Ex. 21:14; Deut. 1:43; Deut. 17:13

Presume (1)    Deut. 18:20


2103    Pride (1)          To be proud; Pride - Dan. 5:20


2121    Proud (1)         Proud - Ps. 124:5


3093    Proud (1)         Arrogant; Haughty; Proud - Hab. 2:5


7292    Proudly (1)      Behave self proudly; Act insolently - Isa. 3:5                


7293    Proud (2)         Proud - Job 9:13; Job 26:12


7295    Proud (1)         Insolent; Proud - Ps. 40:4


7311    Proud (1)         To be high; To rise/raise; Exalt self; Haughty; Proud - Prov. 6:17

            Lofty   (3)        Ps. 131:1; Prov. 30:13; Isa. 2:12         


7342    Proud (3)         Broad; Wide; Large; Proud - Ps. 101:5; Prov. 21:4; Prov. 28:25


7407    Pride (1)          A snare; Pride - Ps. 31:20


7830    Pride (1)          To strut; Haughtiness; Pride - Job 41:34


New Testament


212      Pride (1)          Boasting; Pride - 1 John 2:16


5187    Pride (1)          To inflate with self conceit; Be lifted up with pride; High-minded;

                                    Be proud - 1 Tim. 3:6

Proud (1)         1 Tim. 6:4


5243    Pride (1)          Haughtiness; Pride - Mark 7:22


5244    Proud (5)         Appearing above others; Haughty; Proud - Luke 1:51; Rom. 1:30;

                                    2 Tim. 3:2; James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5


5448    Puff up (7)     To inflate; make proud; haughty; puff up – 1 Cor. 4:6, 18, 19;

1 Cor. 5:2; 1 Cor. 8:1; 1 Cor. 13:4; Col. 2:18


Below we will look at a few of the above passages in order to gain a better understanding of God’s revealed will concerning “pride” and the “proud.”


Deut. 17:12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.

               13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.


NOTE: Presumption is sin. The psalmist declared: “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins. . . ” (Psalm 19:13). The Hebrew word rendered “presumptuous” denotes pride, arrogance. It suggests the activity of one who feels that he can operate independently of divine counsel. When Jeroboam, the first king of Northern Israel, overhauled the Mosaic worship system to his own specifications, he was guilty of this evil (1 Kings 12:25ff). REMEMBER: “Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written; that no one of you be puffed up for the one against the other” (1 Cor. 4:6; cf. 2 John 9).


Deut. 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.


1 Sam. 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.


2 Chron. 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

                   26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.


Job 40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.

            12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.


Ps. 10:2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

          3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

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


Ps. 12:3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things.


Ps. 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.


Ps. 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.


Prov. 6:16 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.


Prov. 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.


Prov. 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.


Prov. 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.


Prov. 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.


Prov. 16:5 Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.


Prov. 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

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


Prov. 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.


Prov. 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.


Prov. 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.


Prov. 30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.


Ecc. 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.


Jer. 13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.


Jer. 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart…


Isa. 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

          12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.


Isa. 10:33 Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.


Isa. 3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

          5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.


Dan. 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.


Dan. 5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him.


Oba. 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee.


Mal. 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.


Mark 7:21 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.


Luke 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.


Rom. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

            29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

            30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

            31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

            32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


1 Tim. 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.


2 Tim. 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

              2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

              3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

              4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

              5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.


James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.


1 Pet. 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

             6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

             7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.


1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love 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 passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.



Some Alternatives:

I’m so thankful for you.           You make me so happy.

We are overjoyed to present our company to you.         Be excited because of your faith

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