God's Words of Comfort


A Portion of God's Holy Word Regarding:

Pride – Arrogance – Conceit – Self-Image – Self-Righteousness – Rebellion – Stubbornness

"How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before Me?" Exodus 10:3 (KJV)
Only don't rebel against the LORD. Numbers 14:9 (HNV)
Be careful that you don't forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His command-the ordinances and statutes-I am giving you today. When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn't become proud and you forget the Lord your God… but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm His covenant He swore to your fathers, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:11-14, 18 (HCSB)

Quiet Yellowstone LakeGive yourselves completely to serving Him, and do not be stubborn any longer. Deuteronomy 10:16 (NCV™)
Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don't speak with such arrogance! The LORD is a God who knows your deeds; and He will judge you for what you have done. 1 Samuel 2:3 (NLT)
Which does the Lord prefer: obedience or offerings and sacrifices? It is better to obey Him than to sacrifice the best sheep to Him. Rebellion against Him is as bad as witchcraft, and arrogance is as sinful as idolatry. Because you rejected the Lord's command, He has rejected you as king. 1 Samuel 15:22-23 (GNT)
With the faithful You prove Yourself faithful; with the blameless man You prove Yourself blameless; with the pure You prove Yourself pure, but with the crooked You prove Yourself shrewd. You rescue an afflicted people, but Your eyes are set against the proud-You humble them. Lord, You are my lamp; the Lord illuminates my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:26-29 (HCSB)
Don't fight against the Lord, the God of your ancestors! You can't win! 2 Chronicles 13:12 (GNT)
Keep Your servant back from sins of pride; let them not have rule over me: then will I be upright and free from great sin. Psalms 19:13 (BBE)
Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. Psalms 31:23-24 (NKJV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms 51:10 (KJV)
"My people would not listen to Me; Israel would not obey Me. So I let them go their stubborn ways and do whatever they wanted. How I wish My people would listen to Me; how I wish they would obey Me! I would quickly defeat their enemies and conquer all their foes." Psalms 81:11-14 (GNT)
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure. Psalms 101:5 (ESV)

Deserted Colorado DepotThough the LORD is great, He cares for the humble, but He keeps His distance from the proud. Psalms 138:6 (NLT)
Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. Proverbs 3:7 (GNT)
He makes sport of the men of pride, but He gives grace to the gentle-hearted. Proverbs 3:34 (BBE)

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud  look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV)
The fear of the Lord is seen in hating evil: pride, a high opinion of oneself, the evil way, and the false tongue, are unpleasing to Me. Proverbs 8:13 (BBE)
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 (NLT)
Pride only leads to arguments, but those who take advice are wise. Proverbs 13:10 (NCV™)
Conceited people can never become wise, but intelligent people learn easily. Proverbs 14:6 (GNT)
The wise man, fearing, keeps himself from evil; but the foolish man goes on in his pride, with no thought of danger. Proverbs 14:16 (BBE)
He who is hard on the poor puts shame on his Maker; but he who has mercy on those who are in need gives Him honor. Proverbs 14:31 (BBE)
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility. Proverbs 15:33 (KJV)
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But the LORD weighs the motives. Proverbs 16:2 (HNV)
Everyone who has pride in his heart is disgusting to the Lord: he will certainly not go free from punishment. By mercy and good faith evil-doing is taken away: and by the fear of the Lord men are turned away from evil. Proverbs 16:5-6 (BBE)
Pride will destroy a person; a proud attitude leads to ruin. It is better to be humble and be with those who suffer than to share stolen property with the proud. Whoever listens to what is taught will succeed, and whoever trusts the Lord will be happy. Proverbs 16:18-20 (NCV™)
Rich people trust their wealth to protect them. They think it is like the high walls of a city. Proud people will be ruined, but the humble will be honored. Proverbs 18:11-12 (NCV™)
Grand Canyon Overlook You may think that everything you do is right, but remember that the Lord judges your motives. Do what is right and fair; that pleases the Lord more than bringing Him sacrifices. Wicked people are controlled by their conceit and arrogance, and this is sinful. Proverbs 21:2-4 (GNT)
Show me a conceited person and I will show you someone who is arrogant, proud, and inconsiderate. Proverbs 21:24 (GNT)
Wicked people are stubborn, but good people think carefully about what they do. Proverbs 21:29 (NCV™)
The result of humility and the fear of the LORD Is wealth, honor, and life. Proverbs 22:4 (HNV)
There is one thing worse than a fool, and that is a man that is conceited. Proverbs 26:12 (TLB)
Don't praise yourself; let others do it! Proverbs 27:2 (NLT)
He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered. He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered. Proverbs 28:25-26 (NKJV)
A man's pride will be the cause of his fall, but he who has a gentle spirit will get honor. Proverbs 29:23 (BBE)
There are three things that strut proudly, really four that walk as if they were important: a lion, the proudest animal, which is strong and runs from nothing, a rooster, a male goat, and a king when his army is around him. Proverbs 30:29-31 (NCV™)
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit… Don't be excessively righteous, and don't be overly wise. Why should you destroy yourself? Ecclesiastes 7:8, 16 (HCSB)
The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of Hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up--And it shall be brought low. Isaiah 2:11-12 (NKJV)
Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion and clever in their own sight. Isaiah 5:21 (HCSB)

Mountain Glaciers"Oh, how deaf and blind you are toward Me! Why won't you listen? Why do you refuse to see? Who in all the world is as blind as My own people, My servant? Who is as deaf as My messengers? Who is as blind as My chosen people, the servant of the LORD? You see and understand what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear, but you don't really listen." Isaiah 42:18-20 (NLT)
How horrible it will be for the one who quarrels with his Maker. He is pottery among other earthenware pots. Does the clay ask the one who shapes it, "What are you making?" Does your work say to you, "There are no handles?" How horrible it will be for the one who says to his father, "Why did you conceive me?" or to his mother, "Why did you go through labor pains for me?" Isaiah 45:9-10 (GOD’S WORD®)
"I know that you are stubborn. Like iron, you are hardheaded. Like bronze, nothing gets through your thick skull." Isaiah 48:4 (GOD’S WORD®)
"I have always been ready to welcome My people, who stubbornly do what is wrong and go their own way." Isaiah 65:2 (GNT)
"Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown," says the LORD. Thus says the LORD: "Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'" Jeremiah 6:15-16 (RSV)
The Lord says, "The wise should not boast of their wisdom, nor the strong of their strength, nor the rich of their wealth. If any want to boast, they should boast that they know and understand Me, because My love is constant, and I do what is just and right. These are the things that please Me. I, the Lord, have spoken." Jeremiah 9:23-24 (GNT)
"You have frightened other people. Your arrogance has deceived you. You live on rocky cliffs and occupy the highest places in the hills. Even though you build your nest as high as an eagle, I will bring you down from there," declares the LORD. Jeremiah 49:16 (GOD’S WORD®)
"Behold, I am against you, you proud one," says the Lord, the LORD of Hosts; "for your day is come, the time that I will visit you. The proud one shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up." Jeremiah 50:31-32 (HNV)
"I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh." Ezekiel 11:19 (KJV)
"If someone evil stops sinning and keeps My laws, if he does what is right and good, he will not die; he will certainly live. All his sins will be forgiven, and he will live, because he did what is right. Do you think I enjoy seeing evil people die?" asks the Sovereign Lord. "No, I would rather see them repent and live." Ezekiel 18:21-23 (GNT)
"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 ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down," says the Lord. Obadiah 3-4 (NKJV)
Yosemite Valley in the Clouds"Then you will no longer need to be ashamed of yourselves, for you will no longer be rebels against Me. I will remove all the proud and arrogant people from among you. There will be no pride on My holy mountain. Those who are left will be the lowly and the humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the LORD." Zephaniah 3:11-12 (NLT)
"Be careful! When you do good things, don't do them in front of people to be seen by them. If you do that, you will have no reward from your Father in Heaven.
    "When you give to the poor, don't be like the hypocrites. They blow trumpets in the synagogues and on the streets so that people will see them and honor them. I tell you the truth, those hypocrites already have their full reward. So when you give to the poor, don't let anyone know what you are doing. Your giving should be done in secret. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and He will reward you."
Matthew 6:1-4 (NCV™)
"When you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:16-18 (RSV)
"Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." Matthew 7:3-5 (ESV)
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:29-30 (HCSB)
"This is why I use stories to teach the people: They see, but they don't really see. They hear, but they don't really hear or understand. So they show that the things Isaiah said about them are true: 'You will listen and listen, but you will not understand. You will look and look, but you will not learn. For the minds of these people have become stubborn. They do not hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might really understand what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. They might really understand in their minds and come back to Me and be healed.'" Matthew 13:13-15 (NCV™)
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
     And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them, and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 18:1-4 (RSV)
"It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life--a ransom for many." Matthew 20:26-28 (HCSB)
"He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Matthew 23:11-12 (NKJV)
And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." Mark 7:20-23 (NKJV)
[Through the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus teaches us we should pray in a spirit of humility and contrition, and not trust in our own good works and self-righteousness, to receive God’s forgiveness. If we just try to live good lives and “earn” our way into God’s presence, we are telling Him that what Jesus did for us by dying on a cross wasn’t enough. Jesus died to redeem us, which gave us righteousness which, in turn, gave us full access to God. Therefore, if we humble ourselves before God and trust in His mercy and loving kindness through His Son Jesus Christ, and pray like one who needs forgiveness, we will obtain it. Then, out of gratitude, we should allow God to use us according to His will, which brings Him glory.]
He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.
     "Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: 'God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice in the week. I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn't even lift up his eyes to Heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner! I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 18:9-14 (NRSV)
A number even of the rulers had belief in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not say so openly for fear that they might be shut out from the Synagogue: For the praise of men was dearer to them than the approval of God. John 12:42-43 (BBE)
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16 (ESV)
Therefore the man who rebels against his ruler is resisting God's will; and those who thus resist will bring punishment upon themselves. Romans 13:2 (WNT)
It is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart." 1 Corinthians 1:19 (RSV)
Who made you superior to others? Didn't God give you everything you have? Well, then, how can you boast, as if what you have were not a gift? 1 Corinthians 4:7 (GNT)
Knowledge, however, tends to make people conceited; it is love that builds us up. 1 Corinthians 8:1 (WNT)
If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:25-26 (NRSV)
Share each other's troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord's command. If anyone thinks he is too great to stoop to this, he is fooling himself. He is really a nobody.
     Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done, and won't need to compare himself with someone else. Each of us must bear some faults and burdens of his own. For none of us is perfect! Galatians 6:2-5 (TLB)
When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others. Philippians 2:3-4 (NCV™)
Instruct the wealthy of this age not to have a superior attitude, nor to hope in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God (who offers us everything in abundance to enjoy), and to do good, to become rich in good works, to donate readily, to share, to gather for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may obtain true Life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (CPDV)
Teton River ViewThis is what the Scripture says: "Today listen to what He says. Do not be stubborn as in the past when you turned against God." Hebrews 3:15 (NCV™)
But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you… Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:6-7, 10 (HCSB)
Some of you say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money." But you do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a mist. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So you should say, "If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that." But now you are proud and you brag. All of this bragging is wrong. James 4:13-16 (NCV™)
For you were straying like lost sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Protector of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25 (WNT)
In the same way you younger men must submit to your elders; and all of you must gird yourselves with humility towards one another, for God sets Himself against the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore beneath the mighty hand of God, so that at the right time He may set you on high. 1 Peter 5:5-6 (WNT)
"Because you are lukewarm -- neither hot, nor cold -- I am ready to spit you out of My mouth. You say, 'I am rich, and I have become wealthy and do not need anything.' But you do not know that you are really miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I advise you to buy from Me gold made pure in fire so you can be truly rich. Buy from Me white clothes so you can be clothed and so you can cover your shameful nakedness. Buy from Me medicine to put on your eyes so you can truly see. I correct and punish those whom I love. So be eager to do right, and change your hearts and lives." Revelation 3:15-19 (NCV™)
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