In the biblical world a value that directs persons to stay within their inherited social status, specifically by not presuming on others and avoiding even the appearance of lording over another. Humble persons do not threaten or challenge another’s rights, nor do they claim more for themselves than has been duly allotted them in life. They even stay a step below or behind their rightful status. To humble oneself is to declare oneself powerless to defend one’s status (Phil 2:9
) and then to act accordingly—either factually by becoming powerless or ritually by setting aside the use of power, symbolized by fasting, rending garments, weeping, lamenting, confession (Lev 26:41
; 1Kgs 21:29
; 2Kgs 22:8-20
; Ps 69:10
). Such self-humiliation before God is praiseworthy (Prov 3:34
; Jas 4:10
; 1Pet 5:5-6
; 2Cor 12:21
) and obtains God’s help. Such humility is highly valued (Eph 4:2
; Col 3:12
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
41so that I, in turn, continued hostile to them and brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amen ... View more
29“Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son's d ... View more
8The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.” When Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, he r ... View more
10When I humbled my soul with fasting,
they insulted me for doing so.
34Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he shows favor.
10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
5In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one ano ... View more
21I fear that when I come again, my God may humble me before you, and that I may have to mourn over many who previously sinned and have not repented of the impu ... View more
2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
12As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.