Narcissist* Traits – They Never Learn

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I was walking down the street yesterday pondering Proverb 14:6 – “A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none…”.   A scoffer is someone who acts with insolent pride.  Somehow their pride gets in the way of actually gaining wisdom (refer to the blog Narcissism = Insolent Pride).  While I was thinking about that, the verse “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” came to me.  That phrase is actually in 3 separate verses:

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  • Psalm 111:10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;

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  • Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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  • Proverbs 9:10 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

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    We know that wisdom is a great thing:

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    1. Proverbs 3:15

      She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

    2. Proverbs 19:8

      He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.

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    So, narcissists (people with insolent pride) may look to become “wise”, but as long as they seek to be the “center of the universe” rather than “allowing” God to be God, they will just not “get” what they are reading.

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    For example, when an unrepentant narcissist reads Jesus’ words that “he who wishes to be great among you must be the servant of all”, he just cannot bring himself to accept that statement.  So, any desire for wisdom, is thwarted by his own self-centeredness.

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    . * Narcissism is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride” – see here

     

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