6 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
2 “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
There is a clear warning to those who continue down path of the progression of fools
A worthless person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
13 Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet,
Who points with his fingers;
14 Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil,
Who spreads strife.
15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly;
Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.
Proverbs 29:1 explains that this sudden calamity does not just happen at the first “mistake” the person made, but actually comes after the wicked person has repeatedly rejected God’s warnings to change his ways.
29 A man who hardens his neck after much reproof
Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.
One example of God’s gracious patience in giving many reproofs and even final “notice” was King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in Daniel 4. God gave Nebuchadnezzar a dream with a warning to change his ways. Then God gave him an entire year to repent and change, but Nebuchadnezzar did not. After the year God lowered the boom and took decisive action to humble him.
One implication of this for those suffering at the hands of narcissists and fools is that while in our weariness of dealing with it we want it FIXED NOW, God also is gracious and patient with them while at the same time providing grace to us. But, He will ultimately deal with them.
Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom—
We have heard a report from the Lord,
And an envoy has been sent among the nations saying,
“Arise and let us go against her for battle”—
2 “Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You are greatly despised.
3 “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
You who live in the clefts of [b]the rock,
In the loftiness of your dwelling place,
Who say in your heart,
‘Who will bring me down to earth?’
4 “Though you build high like the eagle,
Though you set your nest among the stars,
From there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.
It is easy for a proud person to think that he can build a strong enough wall through his wealth or fame to prevent himself from being humbled by God. Of course, a proud person does not consciously think in terms of being humbled by God (as he rarely acknowledges God), but in terms of “bad things happening” to him. But as God demonstrated through Nebuchadnezzar, He is able to humble anyone. And as He declares here with Edom (family line of Esau, another N), it does not matter how much an N tries to guard against it, if God decides to humble an N, He will make it happen.
- Narcissism is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride” – see here
Proverbs 13:10 – Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.
Original Word: זָדוֹן
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (zaw-done’)
Short Definition: arrogance
arrogance (3), arrogant (2), insolence (2), insolent pride (1), presumptuously (2), pride (1)..
* Narcissism is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride” – see here for more