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15 Passages to Read to Help Fight Pride

This article is part of the Passages to Read series.

1. Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Read More

2. Romans 12:16

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Read More

3. Proverbs 11:2

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
      but a man of understanding remains silent. Read More

4. 1 Peter 5:5

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Read More

5. Galatians 6:1–3

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Read More

6. Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction,
      and a haughty spirit before a fall. Read More

7. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. Read More

8. Luke 14:8–11

“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Read More

9. Proverbs 26:12

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?
      There is more hope for a fool than for him. Read More

10. Romans 12:3

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Read More

11. 1 John 2:15–17

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Read More

12. James 4:13–16

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Read More

13. Jeremiah 9:23–24

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” Read More

14. 1 Corinthians 1:26–31

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Read More

15. Proverbs 15:25–33

The LORD tears down the house of the proud
      but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
      but gracious words are pure.
Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household,
      but he who hates bribes will live.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
      but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The LORD is far from the wicked,
      but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
      and good news refreshes the bones.
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
      will dwell among the wise.
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
      but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
      and humility comes before honor. Read More


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