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Pride - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 15 of 26
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Proverbs 16:18-19
May 11, 1988 am - ITS MEANING. Our English Bibles use great variety in describing this condition, such as: pride, conceit, arrogance, haughtiness, and loftiness. But interestingly enough, all these variations come from but one Hebrew word group, GE, which simply means, "To lift up or to be high". It is sometimes employed in a purely physical sense. Hence it describes the rising of smoke, the swelling of waves, the height of King Saul, the flight of an eagle, the elevation of mountains, or even the altitude of the stars. It means, therefore, "To be lifted up high". When brought into a moral context, its definition remains the same. An arrogant man simply exalts himself. And so pride is everywhere portrayed, as for example: In Obadiah. You recall, I trust, that this little book is an Oracle against Edom, the descendants of Esau. Observe carefully how their conceit is drawn, "The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; you who say in your heart, `Who will bring me down to the ground?' Though you exalt yourself as high as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars...(vv.4-5). In the writings of Paul. He described the arrogant ... More >>>

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