An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Noun or an Adjective?

(Proverbs 21:24 KJV)  Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

Two words are offered in this verse for the concept of being “proud” (2086 and 2087).  They are really the same word but one is an adjective and the other is a noun.  Both are condemned.

We can accept that there is a healthy way in which we use the word pride.  This is a matter of honor, of showing high character in times of trial.  This pride is what keeps us going when times are tough.

That is not what this is about.  The definitions of this word include the ideas of insolence and presumptuousness.  This word is about the kind of pride that puts “me” first.  A synonym might be narcissism.  Not acceptable if you want to walk the path of righteousness.

So?  Has anyone every accused you of being proud?  Listen and consider.  If it is true then it is time for repentance.  If there is no real problem then continue on course. 

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