"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
Humility: leads to wisdom
Pride: leads to disgrace
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
Humility: takes advice
Pride: produces quarrels
"Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice."
Humility: leads to honor
"The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor."
Pride: leads to punishment
"The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished."
Humility: ends in honor
Pride: ends in downfall
"Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor."
Humility: bring one to honor
Pride: brings one low
"A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor."
Humility: makes it possible to receive God's gifts
And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices
in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed."
Luke 1:46 - 48
Pride: wounded pride makes us want to lash out
"Balaam answered the donkey, 'You have made a fool of me!
If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.'"
Pride: causes us to want recognition
"Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon, 'Why have you treated us like this? Why didn't you
call us when you went to fight Midian?' And they criticized him sharply. But he answered
them, 'What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren't the gleanings of Ephraim's
grapes better than the full grape harvest of Abiezer? God gave Oreb and Zeeb, the
Midianite leaders, into your hands. What was I able to do compared to you?'
At this, their resentment against him subsided."
Judges 8:1 - 3
Pride: makes us take too much of the credit
"As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord
came upon him in power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the
bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he
grabbed it and struck down a thousand men. Then Samson said, 'With a
donkey's jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a
donkey's jawbone I have killed a thousand men.'"
Judges 15:14 - 16
Pride: makes us take credit for work of others
"Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost at Geba, and the Philistines heard about it.
Then Saul had the trumpet blown throughout the land and said, 'Let the Hebrews
hear!' So all Israel heard the news: 'Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost,
and now Israel has become a stench to the Philistines.'"
1 Samuel 13:3 - 4
Pride: leads to corruption
"But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful
to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense."
2 Chronicles 26:16
Pride: no one is too important for hard work
"The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not
put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors."
Pride: prejudice grows out of pride
"When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was
enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai's people were, he scorned the idea
of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all
Mordecai's people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes."
Esther 3:5 - 6
Pride: comes out of self-righteousness
"The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not
like other men - robbers, evildoers, adulterers - or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' But the tax collector stood
at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and
said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' I tell you that this man, rather than
the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts
himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Luke 18:11 - 14
Pride: vanishes when we realize who Jesus is
"He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
Pride: don't let it keep you from asking others for help
"Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. 'Do
you understand what you are reading?' Philip asked. 'How can I,' he said, 'unless
someone explains it to me?' So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him."
Acts 8:30 - 31