Pride Before the Fall: Bible Characters Who Struggled With Pride
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Pride Before the Fall: Bible Characters Who Struggled With Pride

Introduction – Bible Characters Who Struggled With Pride

Pride is a sin that we all struggle with from time to time. But some bible characters struggled with pride more than others. In today’s article, we’ll look at some of those characters and see what we can learn from their stories.

Three quick examples.

First up is Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king known for his conquering ways. Nebuchadnezzar was extremely proud of his accomplishments and never hesitated to boast about them. But his pride eventually led to his downfall.

Next is Lucifer, who was once an angel of heaven but fell from grace because of his pride. Lucifer believed he was superior to God and worthy of greater glory than any other angel.

Lastly, we have Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. Judas was a man who was driven by greed and ambition. He was so focused on getting ahead that he was willing to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.

All three of these men paid a heavy price for their pride. Nebuchadnezzar was exiled from his kingdom, Lucifer was cast out of heaven, and Judas committed suicide.

While their stories may differ, each is a cautionary tale about the dangers of pride. We can learn from their mistakes and avoid following in their footsteps.

Bible characters who struggled with pride

Overview of Pride in the Bible

In the Bible, pride is often presented as one of the biggest sins a person can commit. After all, it was Pride that caused Lucifer to rebel against God and fall from heaven. And it was Pride that led to the downfall of many other biblical characters as well.

So what is pride, exactly? It’s a feeling of superiority or arrogance from thinking too highly of oneself. And it often leads to sinful behavior, such as envy, greed, anger, and lust.

Interestingly, the Bible doesn’t condemn healthy self-esteem or appreciation for one’s accomplishments. It encourages us to be proud of our achievements. But when we start to feel superior to others or think too highly of ourselves, we cross the line into sin.

King Saul and His Pride

It’s interesting to think about the sin of pride from a biblical perspective. After all, pride is what caused Lucifer to rebel against God and fall from heaven. It also led Adam and Eve to sin in the Garden of Eden.

King Saul is a good example of how pride can lead to disaster. Saul was the first king of Israel and was given a great gift by God—the power to defeat his enemies. But Saul became proud and began to think he could win battles independently. He stopped listening to God and trusting in Him, leading to his downfall.

Pharaoh and His Stubborn Heart

Pharaoh is an excellent example of someone who let pride get the best of him. He thought he was above God and refused to listen to Him. As a result, Pharaoh and his people suffered greatly.

It’s interesting to note that Pharaoh’s downfall wasn’t due to some grand sin or act of disobedience. It was simply his stubborn heart and refusal to listen to God that led to his downfall.

This is a lesson for us all: we should never be too proud to listen to God. He knows what’s best for us and will always forgive us if we repent.

King Uzziah and His Arrogance

One of the most well-known stories of pride gone wrong comes from the Bible. In 2 Chronicles 26, we read about King Uzziah, who was given power by God and led his country to victory in battle. But then, something happened that led to his downfall.

Uzziah became arrogant and decided to enter the temple and offer a sacrifice to God, even though only the priests were allowed to do that. When they confronted him, he became angrier and ended up contracting leprosy.

This is a cautionary tale about what can happen when we let our pride get the best of us. We may be successful for a time, but eventually, our arrogance will catch up with us and bring us down.

Herod Agrippa I and His Vanity

Herod Agrippa 1 was the grandson of Herod the Great, and he was brought up in Rome. When he was 18, he was sent to Judea to take his throne. Agrippa was a popular king and was very proud of his accomplishments. One day, he gave a speech to a large crowd in Caesarea, and they shouted, “It is the voice of a god, not of a man!” Herod was so pleased with this compliment that he accepted it as true.

The next day, an angel of the Lord struck Herod down, and he was eaten by worms and died. Herod’s pride led him to believe that he was a god, which was his punishment.

Pride is a dangerous quality and can lead to our downfall if we’re not careful. Herod Agrippa 1, learned this the hard way. Although he was a popular king, his pride led to his death. We can learn from Herod’s example and be careful not to let our pride get the best of us.

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

The story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is an excellent example of how pride can lead to someone’s downfall.

In the story, the Pharisee is so confident in his righteousness that he thanks God that he’s not like other people—specifically, the tax collector. He’s prideful and arrogant and looks down on the tax collector as someone beneath him.

On the other hand, the tax collector is humble. He acknowledges his sinfulness and begs for God’s forgiveness.

The moral of the story is that it’s not about how well you compare to other people—it’s about being humble and acknowledging that we all sin and fall short of God’s standards.


But, like with any other sin, God’s grace is always available to anyone who asks for it. When we recognize our weaknesses, we can be more humble and willing to receive help from God and others. And, as we grow in humility, we can become more like Christ and experience true happiness.

Pastor duke taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.