Consequences of Pride and Faith


Proverbs 28:25-26 elaborates about the consequences of pride and of faith.  The Hebrew parallelism in that passage is not intended to give a definition of a proud person or a definition of one who stirs up strife or a definition of one who trusts the LORD or of one who trusts himself.  Rather there is an extended explanation of the fact that trusting self instead of the LORD leads to foolish self-destruction.

Here are the verses:

He that is of a proud heart                                 stirreth up strife:

but he that putteth his trust in the LORD                        shall be made fat.

 

He that trusteth in his own heart                                    is a fool:

but whoso walketh wisely,                                 he shall be delivered.

 

When the Lord put these elements together, He revealed the following applications:

 

A person who has a proud heart stirs up strife.

A person who has a proud heart does not put his trust in the LORD.

A person who has a proud heart shall not be made fat.

A person who has a proud heart trusts in his own heart.

A person who has a proud heart is a fool.

A person who has a proud heart does not walk wisely.

A person who has a proud heart shall not be delivered.

 

A person who stirs up strife has a proud heart.

A person who stirs up strife does not put his trust in the LORD.

A person who stirs up strife shall not be made fat.

A person who stirs up strife trusts in his own heart.

A person who stirs up strife is a fool.

A person who stirs up strife does not walk wisely.

A person who stirs up strife shall not be delivered.

 

A person who puts his trust in the LORD does not have a proud heart.

A person who puts his trust in the LORD does not stir up strife.

A person who puts his trust in the LORD is not a fool.

A person who puts his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

A person who puts his trust in the LORD does not trust in his own heart.

A person who puts his trust in the LORD walks wisely.

A person who puts his trust in the LORD shall be delivered.

 

A person who is made fat does not have a proud heart.

A person who is made fat does not stir up strife.

A person who is made fat puts his trust in the LORD.

A person who is made fat is not a fool.

A person who is made fat does not trust in his own heart.

A person who is made fat walks wisely.

A person who is made fat shall be delivered.

 

A person who trusts in his own heart has a proud heart.

A person who trusts in his own heart stirs up strife.

A person who trusts in his own heart does not put his trust in the LORD.

A person who trusts in his own heart shall not be made fat.

A person who trusts in his own heart is a fool.

A person who trusts in his own heart does not walk wisely.

A person who trusts in his own heart shall not be delivered.

 

A person who is a fool has a proud heart.

A person who is a fool stirs up strife.

A person who is a fool does not put his trust in the LORD.

A person who is a fool shall not be made fat.

A person who is a fool trusts in his own heart.

A person who is a fool does not walk wisely.

A person who is a fool shall not be delivered.

 

A person who walks wisely does not have a proud heart.

A person who walks wisely does not stir up strife.

A person who walks wisely puts his trust in the LORD.

A person who walks wisely is made fat.

A person who walks wisely is not a fool.

A person who walks wisely does not trust in his own heart.

A person who walks wisely shall be delivered.

 

A person who shall be delivered does not have a proud heart.

A person who shall be delivered does not stir up strife.

A person who shall be delivered puts his trust in the LORD.

A person who shall be delivered is made fat.

A person who shall be delivered is not a fool.

A person who shall be delivered does not trust in his own heart.

A person who shall be delivered walks wisely.

 

Trusting self instead of the LORD leads to foolish self-destruction.  Trusting the Lord leads to His blessing and protection and guidance.

 

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