Below, you will find several definitions of Pride, definitions of Pride from the New Testament, definitions of Pride from the Old Testament, and definitions of the results of Pride from the Bible.
Definition of pride: the absence of humility as darkness is the absence of light and a vacuum is the absence of atmosphere.
Definition of pride: Pride is a failure to accept and perceive the reality of our utter dependence on God.
Definition of pride: Pride is a peculiar kind of insanity caused by a lack of Humility.
Definition of pride: Pride is a desire to take the place of God. If we think we can save ourselves, that is taking the place of God and it is the result of a lack of humility. A proud person cannot receive Jesus as Savior. An Atheist becomes his or her own god and is puffed up with pride--this is why it is the fool who said in his heart that there is no God. Only Humility can accept and perceive the reality of our utter dependence on God. If we desire to run our own lives, that is taking the place of God and it is the result of a lack of humility. If we try to do works other than by allowing the Spirit of God to do the works through us, that is taking the place of God and it is the result of a lack of humility.
Definition of pride in a Christian: Pride can keep a Christian from entering into the Kingdom of God. For those who have been born again, pride keeps them from admitting that they don't have it all and that they need to continue to have a new mind. (Read More) Pride forms denominations. Humility allows them to continue to seek the Lord. Humility brings the Body of Christ into unity.
It is pride that makes Christians think that they can do good works. Humility is the realization that only by submission to the Holy Spirit can any Christian ever allow God to do His good works through them. It is pride that makes Christians think that they can continue in sin. It is pride, the lack of humility that will allow a Christian to seek close friendship with the ungodly--especially when the prideful Christian will not speak of their faith in Jesus. Humility makes Christians realize that they have been saved to good works and that good works all proceed from God. It is only pride that makes a Christian think that he or she does not need the Holy Spirit. It is only pride that makes a Spirit Filled Christian think that he or she has received the Holy Spirit because he or she was worthy. Humility is the realization that we receive the Holy Spirit because we are needy, not worthy.
Definition of pride in the Church: Pride is the force behind the unscriptural church orders. That is not to say that everyone who is captive in these unscriptural orders is full of pride or that they remain in them because they are full of pride. They may be unfamiliar with Scripture or God may not have revealed these things to them yet. The concept of chief apostle, chief father over the church, was created by pride. The locally abiding preacher or pastor or chief elder positions were all created by pride. There was a man who quit his job as pastor because the congregation had shrunk and there was not enough money to pay him his high salary. The local elders in the Church that God built receive no salary. There was a young woman who left a Church that followed the pattern of Scripture. She said that they were not able to properly showcase her singing ministry. (They did not have rock and roll.) There are many who seek fame and fortune in the "ministry." Pride! Pride, the lack of humility, is the reason for some Christians thinking that they do not need the Church. Pride, the lack of humility, is also the reason that some Christians will not accept the orders of Scripture for the Church but instead put in the precepts of men. Pride, the lack of humility, is also the reason that some Christians prefer the one-man ministry, chief elder, local pastor, or other types of extra-biblical offices in the local Churches instead of the offices of local elders/bishops/overseers and local deacons. Pride in the heart will allow a local pastor to refuse to put his Church into submission to those apostles who have been set by God. Pride, the lack of humility, is also the reason that some Christians prefer Church services that are entertainments rather than spiritual ministry as described in 1 Corinthians 14, and so many other perversions of the Church.
Definition of pride: If there is contention, there is pride behind it. It is difficult to hurt the feelings of a humble person but easy to hurt the feelings of the proud.
Definition of pride - Define Pride from Old Testament Scripture
Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
Proverbs 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.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Proverbs 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Proverbs 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
Proverbs 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
Proverbs 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.
1John 2:16 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.
Mark 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Psalm 86:14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect to the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination to him: 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Malachi 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.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
1Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves to 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.
Jeremiah 13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. (Pride affects your spiritual hearing in a negative way.)
Psalm 12:3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
Psalm 94:2 Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward [recompense] to the proud.
Psalm 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 [allow].
Psalm 119:21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
Proverbs 15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
Isaiah 2:12 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:
Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
Luke 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
Ro 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; 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 1:32 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. (Pride is both the cause of people not seeking God and also the punishment for people not seeking God. It is a downward spiral.)
1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Definition of pride - Define Pride from Old Testament Scripture: How the proud act:
Psalm 10:2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Psalm 36:11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.
Psalm 59:12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
Psalm 73:6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. (context)
Jeremiah 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
Hosea 7:10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.
Obediah 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Psalm 119:51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
Psalm 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
Psalm 119:85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
Psalm 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
Psalm 119:122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
Psalm 140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
Psalm 123:4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud. KJV We have endured much ridicule from the proud, much contempt from the arrogant. NIV
Examples of the results of Pride:
Leviticus 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:
2Ch 32:26 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.
Jeremiah 43:2 Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying to Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
Jeremiah 48:29 We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.... 48:38 There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops of Moab, and in the streets thereof: for I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure, saith the LORD. 48:39 They shall howl, saying, How is it broken down! how hath Moab turned the back with shame! so shall Moab be a derision and a dismaying to all them about him. 48:40 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab. 48:41 Kerioth is taken, and the strong holds are surprised, and the mighty men's hearts in Moab at that day shall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs. 48:42 And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the LORD. 48:43 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, shall be upon thee, O inhabitant of Moab, saith the LORD. 48:44 He that fleeth from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that getteth up out of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for I will bring upon it, even upon Moab, the year of their visitation, saith the LORD. 48:45 They that fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon because of the force: but a fire shall come forth out of Heshbon, and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and shall devour the corner of Moab, and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones. 48:46 Woe be to thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives.
Jeremiah 50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do to her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.... 50:31 Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. 50:32 And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
Isaiah 9:9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, 9:10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars. 9:11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together; 9:12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 9:13 For the people turneth not to him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts. 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
Isaiah 23:9 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.
Isaiah 25:11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.
Isaiah 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!... 28:3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
Jeremiah 13:9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive.
Ezekiel 7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.
Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Ezekiel 16:56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride,
Ezekiel 30:6 Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.
Daniel 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.
Daniel 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:
Hosea 5:5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.
Zephaniah 2:10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts.
Zecharia 9:6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
Zecharia 10:11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.
Zecharia 11:3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
God's mercy to restore the prideful and to take away their pride:
Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
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