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Humility
Absence of pride or arrogance.
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Humble
Humble [ (verb) Heb. ʿānâ (Gen. 34:2; Ex. 10:3; Dt. 8:2f, 16; Ezr. 8:21; Job 30:11; Ps. 55:19 [MT 20]; 89:22 [MT 23]; Isa. 58:3, 5; Ezk. 22:10; Dnl. 10:12), kānaʿ (Lev. 26:41; 1 K. 21:29; 2 K. 22:19; 2 Ch. 7:14; 12:6f, 12; 30:11; 32:26; 33:12, 19, 23; 34:27; 36:12), šāp̱ēl (Isa. 5:15), šāḥaḥ
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Humility
HUMILITY A condition of lowliness or affliction in which one experiences a loss of power and prestige. Outside of biblical faith, humility in this sense would not usually be considered a virtue. Within the context of the Judeo-Christian tradition, however, humility is considered the proper attitude of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Humility
humility, in the biblical world a value that directs persons to stay within their inherited social status by not presuming on or lording over others. Humble persons do not threaten or challenge another’s rights, nor do they claim more for themselves than has been duly allotted them in life. They even
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Humility
HUMILITYA Christian characteristic, epitomized in Rom 12:3: “For a I say … to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.” Humility (Gr. tapeinophrosynē, 1 Pet 5:5) is a mental attitude of lowliness (Eph 4:2; Phil 2:3), the opposite of pride (q.v.). It is
Humbleness
HUMBLENESS. The term appears only once in the KJV (Col 3:12), not at all in the RSV. The Gr. word tapeinophrosynē is used six other times and is translated in the KJV as “lowliness” of mind (Phil 2:3; Eph 4:2), “humility” (Acts 20:19; Col 2:18, 23; 1 Pet 5:5). The RSV renders it “humility” (Phil 2:3;
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Humility
HUMILITY. The importance of this virtue springs from the fact that it is found as part of the character of God. In Ps. 113:5–6 God is represented as being incomparably high and great, and yet he humbles himself to take note of the things which are created, while in Ps. 18:35 (cf. 2 Sa. 22:36) the greatness
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Humility
HumilityConcerning an individual or group, the quality of being “poor,” “needy,” or even “oppressed”; or more subjectively, an individual’s being dependent on God and showing respect for other persons (e.g., “meekness” or “gentleness”). There is no clear distinction between humility and meekness, hence
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Pride and Humility
Pride and HumilityIn the NT a number of colorful words express the idea of pride. Alazoneia is the loud boasting of someone who has no basis for bragging. Closely related is kenodoxia (“empty conceit, vainglory”). Paul’s favorite term for boasting, kauchēma, is found only once in later NT texts, where,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
humility
humility (Lat. humilitas, from humus, ground). Originally denoting low estate and the cowed attitude likely to result from it, in Judaism and esp. in Christianity the word acquired more positive connotations. Humility, understood as submissiveness before God, came to be regarded as a virtue, modelled
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Humility
HUMILITY (Heb. ˓ănāwâ, “gentleness, affliction,” also from ˓ānâ, “to be bowed down”; Gk. tapeinophrosunē, “lowliness of mind,” praotēs, “gentleness”). Humility in the spiritual sense is an inwrought grace of the soul that allows one to think of himself no more highly than he ought to think (Eph.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Humility
Humilitya prominent Christian grace (Rom. 12:3; 15:17, 18; 1 Cor. 3:5–7; 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 4:11–13). It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Pet. 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Ps. 69:32, 33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).Christ has set us an example of humility
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Humility
Humilityhumility, in the biblical world a value that directs persons to stay within their inherited social status, specifically by not presuming on others and avoiding even the appearance of lording over another. Humble persons do not threaten or challenge another’s rights, nor do they claim more for
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Humility
HUMILITY — a freedom from arrogance that grows out of the recognition that all we have and are comes from God. The Greek philosophers despised humility because to them it implied inadequacy, lack of dignity, and worthlessness. This is not the meaning of humility as defined by the Bible. Jesus is the
Key passages
Ps 131:1

O Yahweh, my heart is not haughty nor my eyes arrogant. And I do not concern myself with things too great and difficult for me.

Is 53:7–8

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was brought like a lamb to the slaughter, and like a sheep is dumb before its shearers, so he did not open his mouth. He was taken by restraint of justice, and who concerned himself with his generation? For he was cut off …

Is 57:15

For thus says the high and lofty one who resides forever, and whose name is holy: “I reside in a high and holy place, and with the contrite and humble of spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Mic 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does Yahweh ask from you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Mt 11:29

Take my yoke on you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Php 2:3–11

Do nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but in humility considering one another better than yourselves, each of you not looking out for your own interests, but also each of you for the interests of others. Think this in …

Jas 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

See also
Ge 13:1–18; Ge 18:16–33; Ge 32:1–21; Ge 33:1–17; Ge 40:1–41:36; Ex 3:1–4:17; Le 26:14–46; Nu 12:1–16; Nu 16:1–19; Dt 8:1–9:29; Dt 15:12–18; Dt 31:30–32:18; Jos 7:1–9; Jdg 8:22–28; Ru 2:1–23; 1 Sa 1:8–18; 1 Sa 9:1–26; 1 Sa 18:17–30; 1 Sa 24:1–22; 1 Sa 26:1–25; 2 Sa 7:18–29; 2 Sa 9:1–13; 2 Sa 16:5–14; 2 Sa 22:26–51; 1 Ki 3:1–15; 1 Ki 21:17–29; 2 Ki 22:3–20; 1 Ch 17:1–27; 1 Ch 29:10–20; 2 Ch 1:1–12; 2 Ch 2:1–18; 2 Ch 7:12–22; 2 Ch 12:1–12; 2 Ch 30:1–27; 2 Ch 32:24–26; 2 Ch 33:10–20; 2 Ch 34:8–28; Ezr 8:21–23; Ezr 9:1–15; Job 7:1–21; Job 9:1–35; Job 22:1–30; Job 25:1–26:14; Job 32:1–33:33; Job 40:3–5; Job 42:1–17; Ps 8:1–9; Ps 9:1–20; Ps 18:25–50; Ps 22:1–31; Ps 25:1–22; Ps 34:1–22; Ps 37:1–19; Ps 45:1–17; Ps 69:1–36; Ps 70:1–5; Ps 73:1–28; Ps 86:1–17; Ps 109:1–31; Ps 119:137–144; Ps 131:1–3; Ps 136:1–26; Ps 138:1–8; Ps 141:1–10; Ps 144:1–15; Ps 147:1–20; Ps 149:1–9; Pr 3:13–35; Pr 6:1–5; Pr 11:2; Pr 12:9; Pr 12:15; Pr 13:13; Pr 15:1; Pr 15:33; Pr 16:19; Pr 18:12; Pr 20:24; Pr 22:4; Pr 25:1–7; Pr 25:27; Pr 27:1–2; Pr 29:23; Pr 30:1–9; Ec 5:1–7; Ec 8:10–9:12; Ec 11:1–8; Is 2:5–22; Is 5:8–6:13; Is 10:5–19; Is 13:1–22; Is 25:1–12; Is 29:17–24; Is 50:1–11; Is 52:13–53:12; Is 57:14–58:14; Is 66:1–4; Je 1:4–19; Je 10:17–25; Je 44:1–45:5; Eze 17:1–21; Da 2:24–45; Da 4:34–37; Da 5:13–29; Da 10:10–11:4; Mic 6:1–8; Zep 2:1–3; Zep 3:8–13; Zec 9:9–10; Mt 3:13–17; Mt 5:1–12; Mt 6:5–15; Mt 8:5–13; Mt 11:25–30; Mt 12:14–21; Mt 15:21–28; Mt 18:1–5; Mt 20:20–28; Mt 21:1–11; Mt 23:1–12; Mt 25:31–46; Mt 26:36–68; Mt 27:11–14; Mk 1:1–8; Mk 9:33–41; Mk 10:35–45; Mk 11:1–11; Mk 14:53–65; Mk 15:1–14; Lk 1:39–56; Lk 2:1–7; Lk 2:15–20; Lk 2:51–3:20; Lk 5:1–11; Lk 7:1–10; Lk 9:46–50; Lk 14:7–14; Lk 17:1–10; Lk 18:9–14; Lk 19:28–44; Lk 22:24–30; Jn 1:19–28; Jn 3:22–36; Jn 5:19–21; Jn 5:39–47; Jn 8:48–59; Jn 12:12–20; Jn 13:1–20; Ac 3:11–26; Ac 10:24–33; Ac 13:13–41; Ac 14:8–18; Ac 20:17–38; Ro 11:11–36; Ro 12:3–21; Ro 15:1–6; 1 Co 1:26–2:5; 1 Co 3:18–23; 1 Co 4:6–13; 1 Co 10:1–13; 1 Co 15:1–11; 2 Co 3:4–6; 2 Co 4:1–15; 2 Co 8:8–15; 2 Co 10:1–6; 2 Co 10:12–18; 2 Co 11:5–15; 2 Co 11:22–12:10; 2 Co 12:14–21; Ga 5:16–26; Ga 6:11–15; Eph 3:8–13; Eph 4:1–6; Php 2:1–11; Php 3:12–16; Col 3:12–4:1; 1 Ti 1:12–17; Tt 3:1–8; Jas 1:9–11; Jas 1:19–20; Jas 3:13–4:10; Jas 4:13–17; 1 Pe 3:1–6; 1 Pe 3:8–17; 1 Pe 5:5–11; Jud 5–11; Re 4:1–11; Re 19:1–10; Re 22:6–11;
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