4 “Behold, as for the proud one,
His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous will live by his faith.
5 “Furthermore, wine betrays the haughty man,
So that he does not stay at home.
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
And he is like death, never satisfied.
He also gathers to himself all nations
And collects to himself all peoples.
One characteristic of true narcissists / those with insolent pride is that there is no limit to their desire for being exalted by others. They are the ultimate “kingdom builders”, with the goal of showing their “greatness”. The only thing limiting them is their opportunity. That is why classic narcissists like Hitler and Napoleon would could be relatively obscure, but when given the opportunity would move quickly to create the biggest kingdom possible – at the expense of many other people, of course.
As the ultimate narcissist, this very much applies to Satan. Satan’s goal is to gather to himself all nations, and collect to himself all people – to himself and away from God – even though Satan knows full well that those people will be utterly destroyed as a result. (See here for the first step in not falling into Satan’s trap)
- Narcissism is the modern colloquial term for what the Bible calls “insolent pride” – see here