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  • Writer's pictureW. Austin Gardner

Boasters, Proud

II Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.


The boaster is a braggart, proud, self-promoting. The old Webster's Dictionary defines a boaster as "One who boasts, glories or vaunts ostentatiously, vain display."

This refers to what you can see outwardly. The braggart exaggerates his worth or importance. He stretches the truth to make himself look better, to impress.

The boaster thinks that he deserves to be proud of himself. He brags about his accomplishments. He is a know it all.

He is the hero of all of his stories.

The boaster is the opposite of humble.


Proud refers to being haughty or arrogant. Old Websters says that proud means "Having inordinate self-esteem; possessing a high or unreasonable conceit of one's excellence, either of body or mind."

Websters refers to this pride as supercilious or "Lofty with pride; haughty; dictatorial; overbearing; Manifesting haughtiness, or proceeding from it; overbearing."

This pride is presumptuous. It is Assuming; making or having, the disposition to make absurd claims of rank or estimation; giving one's self an undue degree of importance; haughty; Containing arrogance; marked with vanity; proceeding from excessive claims or self-importance;

Arrogance is the feeling of groundless importance out of overbearing pride. It is having an exaggerated opinion of oneself and looking down on others.

He may hide his pride, but inwardly, he feels better than others. He may appear humble outwardly, but inwardly, he is consumed with himself.

It is the idea of showing yourself above others. The boaster has a certain contempt for all other people.

He is so proud that he doesn't see his need for God or others.

All of my Bible studies seem to affect me, but this one has worked me over. I know how sneaky pride is when it comes into my life. I want victory over all boasting and pride.

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