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What does “Pride Month” really mean?

June 14th, 2018, Promulgated by Diane Harris

“Bride month” for June seems clear enough. Many girls traditionally have wanted to be “June brides.” The weather has a chance of being favorable, temperatures are moderate, flowers abound. Clear enough. But what could “Pride Month” mean when applied to June? The word we need to look at and understand is “Pride,” as “Month” is clear enough.

The word “pride” occurs 56 times times in 53 verses in the Revised Standard Version of the bible, which excludes the seven “Catholic” books of the original Canon. But since much of the Protestant world is without those original books, for the sake of discussion here we will stay with the RSV itself (i.e. not the Catholic Edition RSV-CE). As we read through the use of “pride” in the biblical sense, the meaning does not seem generally to be something one would be, well, “proud” to be. See what you think and why any group would want to attach itself to a word perceived as fairly negative. Note particularly the verses in red. The content in brackets is for clarification of context with a preceding or following verse.

Gen 49:3 Reuben, you are my first-born, my might, and the first fruits of my strength, pre-eminent in pride and pre-eminent in power.
Lev 26:19 [and I will chastise you again seven fold for your sins] and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like brass;
2Ch 32:26 But Hezeki’ah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD did not come upon them in the days of Hezeki’ah.
Job 33:17 that he may turn man aside from his deed, and cut off pride from man;
Job 35:12 There they cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.
Job 41:34 He beholds everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.”
Psa 10:4 In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
Psa 31:18 Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
Psa 47:4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
Psa 59:12 For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies which they utter, [consume them in wrath. There eyes swell out with fatness….]
Psa 73:6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
Pro 8:13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
Pro 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom.
Pro 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pro 21:24 “Scoffer” is the name of the proud, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.
Pro 29:23 A man’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Isa 2:11 The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the pride of men shall be humbled; and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
Isa 2:17 And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the pride of men shall be brought low; and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
Isa 4:2 In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel.
Isa 9:9 and all the people will know, E’phraim and the inhabitants of Sama’ria, who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:… [we will rebuild with dressed stones….]
Isa 10:12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem He will punish the arrogant boasting of the king of Assyria and his haughty pride.
Isa 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant, and lay low the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Isa 13:19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the splendor and pride of the Chalde’ans, will be like Sodom and Gomor’rah when God overthrew them.
Isa 16:6 We have heard of the pride of Moab, how proud he was; of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence–his boasts are false.  [… let everyone wail for Moab….]
Isa 23:9 The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth.
Isa 25:11 [… Moab shall be trodden down , in his place as straw is trodden down in a dung pit.]  And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim; but the LORD will lay low his pride together with the skill of his hands.
Jer 13:9 “Thus says the LORD: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. [This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, … stubbornly follow their own god and have gone after other gods….]
Jer 13:17 But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock has been taken captive.
Jer 48:29 We have heard of the pride of Moab–he is very proud–of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart.[…I cry out for all Moab…I weep for you]
Jer 49:16 The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle’s, I will bring you down from there, says the LORD.
Lam 2:4 He has bent His bow like an enemy, with His right hand set like a foe; and He has slain all the pride of our eyes in the tent of the daughter of Zion; he has poured out his fury like fire.
Eze 7:10 “Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! Your doom has come, injustice has blossomed, pride has budded.
Eze 16:49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. [They were haughty and did abominable things before Me.]
Eze 16:56 Was not your sister Sodom a byword in your mouth in the day of your pride, [before your wickedness was uncovered?]
Eze 24:21 ‘Say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the desire of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword.
Eze 32:12 I will cause your multitude to fall by the swords of mighty ones, all of them most terrible among the nations. “They shall bring to nought the pride of Egypt, and all its multitude shall perish.
Dan 4:37 Now I, Nebuchadnez’zar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven; for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to abase.
Hos 5:5 [Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God.  For the spirit of harlotry is within them and they know not the Lord.] The pride of Israel testifies to his face; E’phraim shall stumble in his guilt; Judah also shall stumble with them.
Hos 7:10 The pride of Israel witnesses against him; yet they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him, for all this.
Amo 6:8 The Lord GOD has sworn by himself (says the LORD, the God of hosts): “I abhor the pride of Jacob, and hate his strongholds; and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.
Amo 8:7 The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.”
Oba 1:3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, whose dwelling is high, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Zep 2:10 This shall be their lot in return for their pride, because they scoffed and boasted against the people of the LORD of hosts.
Zec 9:6 a mongrel people shall dwell in Ashdod; and I will make an end of the pride of Philistia.
Zec 10:11 They shall pass through the sea of Egypt, and the waves of the sea shall be smitten, and all the depths of the Nile dried up. The pride of Assyria shall be laid low, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
Mar 7:22 […out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery,] coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. [All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.”]
1Co 11:15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her pride? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
1Co 15:31 I protest, brethren, by my pride in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!
2Co 5:12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who pride themselves on a man’s position and not on his heart.
2Co 7:4 I have great confidence in you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. With all our affliction, I am overjoyed.
2Co 7:14 For if I have expressed to him some pride in you, I was not put to shame; but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting before Titus has proved true.
Heb 3:6 but Christ was faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our hope.
1Jo 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.

Although St. Paul turns self-pride into a justifiable pride in his flock, the people of God, most of the biblical commentary about pride is not favorable, not worthy of emulation. What can a title that includes a pride aspiration ultimately mean? It seems to be more of a warning than any achievement. What an odd choice of words. But do we not know that the evil one’s own pride cannot help but reveal himself in just such a way? Why? One reason may well be — for our benefit and protection.

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