A Bible Study On Humility

Jas 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

1. What Does The Bible Say About Humility?

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV) 6 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Jas 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

Matthew 5:5 (NKJV) 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Isaiah 57:15 (NKJV) 15 “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

Isaiah 29:19 (NKJV) 19 “The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Psalms 147:6 (NKJV) 6 “The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.”

Psalms 9:12 (NKJV) 12 “When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.”

Psalms 25:9 (NKJV) 9 “ humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.”

Psalms 34:18 (NKJV) 18 “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

Psalms 37:11 (NKJV) 11 “But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

Psalms 51:17 (NKJV) 17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”

Psalms 138:6 (NKJV) 6 “Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.”

Psalms 149:4 (NKJV) 4 “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.”

Proverbs 3:34 (NKJV) 34 “Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.”

Proverbs 11:2 (NKJV) 2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.”

Proverbs 29:23 (NKJV) 23 “A man's pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.”

Matthew 23:12 (NKJV) 12 “And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:14 (NKJV) 14 “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

2. Godly People Humbled Themselves

Numbers 12:13 (NKJV) 13 “So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!”

2 Samuel 12:15 (NKJV) 15 “Then Nathan departed to his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it became ill.”

1 Chronicles 21:15-16 (NKJV) 15 “And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. As he was destroying, the Lord looked and relented of the disaster, and said to the angel who was destroying, “It is enough; now restrain your hand.” And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16 Then David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between earth and heaven, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. So David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces.”

Daniel 12:9 (NKJV) 9 “And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”

2 Chronicles 34:27 (NKJV) 27” because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.”

2 Chronicles 32:24-26 (NKJV) 24 “In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death, and he prayed to the Lord; and He spoke to him and gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah.”

 

3. Wicked Also People Humbled Themselves.

1 Kings 21:29 (NKJV) 29 “See how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the calamity in his days. In the days of his son I will bring the calamity on his house.”

2 Chronicles 12:6-7 (NKJV) 6 “So the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, “The Lord is righteous.”

7 Now when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, “They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance. My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.”

2 Chronicles 12:10-12 (NKJV) 10 “Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king's house. 11 And whenever the king entered the house of the Lord, the guard would go and bring them out; then they would take them back into the guardroom. 12 When he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and things also went well in Judah.”

 

4. Should We Humble Ourselves?

Jesus humbled himself

Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV) 5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

5. It Is Not Easy To Humble Oneself.

2 Chronicles 30:8-12 (NKJV) 8 “Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you. 9 For if you return to the Lord, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.” 10 So the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but they laughed at them and mocked them. 11 Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12 Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, at the word of the Lord.”