Also called: Arrogance, Boasting, Conceit, Gloating, Self-Righteousness, Selfish ambition, Stubbornness, Vainglory, Vanity
Inordinate self-esteem; arrogance.

Top Bible Verses about Pride

Proverbs 3:34

With those who scorn, he is scornful, but to those who are humble, he gives favor. Read Proverbs 3:34

Proverbs 16:18–19

Before destruction comes pride, and before a fall, a haughty spirit. Better a lowly spirit with the poor than dividing the spoil with the proud. Read Proverbs 16:18–19
Jeremiah 9:24

Jeremiah 9:23–24

Thus says Yahweh, “The wise man must not boast in his wisdom, and the warrior must not boast in his might, the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth. But only in this must the one who boasts boast, that he has insight, and that he knows me, that I am Yahweh, showing loyal love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for in these things I delight,” declares Yahweh. Read Jeremiah 9:23–24

Matthew 23:12

And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Read Matthew 23:12
Luke 18:13–14

Luke 18:9–14

And he also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and looked down on everyone else: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed these things with reference to himself: ‘God, I give thanks to you that I am not like other people—swindlers, unrighteous people, adulterers, or even like this tax collector! I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, … Read Luke 18:9–14

Romans 12:16

Think the same thing toward one another; do not think arrogantly, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own sight. Read Romans 12:16

Famous Christian Quotes About Pride, Arrogance, Boasting, Conceit, Gloating, Self-Righteousness, Selfish ambition, Stubbornness, Vainglory, Vanity

Arminius’ Purpose in Writing

With regard to ambition, I possess it not, except to that honorable kind which impels me to this service—to inquire with all earnestness in the Holy Scriptures for divine truth, and mildly and without contradiction to declare it when found, without prescribing it to any one, or laboring to extort consent, much less through a desire to “have dominion over the faith of others,” but rather for the purpose of my winning some souls for Christ, that I may be a sweet savor to him, and may obtain an approved reputation in the church of the saints. This good name I hope I shall obtain by the grace of Christ, after a long period of patient endurance; though I be now a reproach to my brothers, and “made as the filth of the world and the offscouring of all things” to those who with me worship and invoke one God the Father, and one Lord Jesus Christ, in one spirit and with the same faith, and who have the same hope with me of obtaining the heavenly inheritance through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

James Arminius

Pleased with Our Righteousness Until We Look to God

So long as we do not look beyond the earth, we are quite pleased with our own righteousness, wisdom, and virtue; we address ourselves in the most flattering terms, and seem only less than demigods. But should we once begin to raise our thoughts to God, and reflect what kind of Being he is, and how absolute the perfection of that righteousness, and wisdom, and virtue, to which, as a standard, we are bound to be conformed, what formerly delighted us by its false show of righteousness will become polluted with the greatest iniquity; what strangely imposed upon us under the name of wisdom will disgust by its extreme folly; and what presented the appearance of virtuous energy will be condemned as the most miserable impotence. So far are those qualities in us, which seem most perfect, from corresponding to the divine purity.

John Calvin

“Human Reason Usurps for Itself Everything”

The faith of simple folk is scoffed at, the hidden things of God are exposed, questions about the most exalted truths are rashly ventilated, the Fathers are derided because they held that such things are rather to be tasted than solved. Thence it comes to pass that the Paschal Lamb, contrary to the command of God, is either cooked with water, or is eaten of raw in a rude and bestial fashion. What is left is not burnt with fire but is trodden under foot; so human reason usurps for itself everything, and leaves nothing for faith. It tries things above it, tests things too strong for it, rushes into divine things; holy subjects it rather forces open than unlocks, what is closed and sealed it rather plunders than opens; and whatever it finds out of its reach it holds to be of no account and disdains to believe.

Bernard of Clairvaux
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