A Short Study of 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 8:13)


Pride runs in the blood.

It has been called, “the mother of all sin!”

Some people would be better—if they could pluck the worm of pride out of their head!

Pride ruins our virtues—and poisons our mercies.

Some are proud of their estates. Riches are fuel for pride. Ezekiel 28:5, “thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:” Men’s hearts rise with their estates.

Some take pride in their abilities. The LORD enriches them with wit and talents—and pride fumes from their heart into their head—and makes them giddy.

Some are proud of their bodies. Pride is seen in long and meticulous dressings. They spend that time between the comb and the mirror, which should be spent in prayer and holy meditation.

Pride is seen in painting their faces—overlaying God’s work with the devil’s colours! But virtue is most beautiful to God. “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (1st Peter 3:3-4)

Pride is seen in the outlandish fashions with which some people dress—or rather disguise themselves. They clothe
themselves like the rainbow. Adam was ashamed of his nakedness; these should be ashamed of their clothing. They are so plumed and gaudily attiredthat they tempt the devil to fall in love with them!

Some take pride in their duties. This worm of pride, breeds in sweet fruit. They have said so many prayers,
heard so many sermons. Luke 18:12, “I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.” Now they think
they have made God amends—that He is indebted to them and they shall be accepted for their religious performances. What is this but pride? Is this not to make a Christ of our duties? The devil destroys some by making them neglect duty, and others by making them idolize duty. Better is that infirmity which humbles me—than that duty which makes me proud!

Some take pride in their graces. They look down on others whom they think are inferior to them in grace.

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5)

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