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"Pride goeth before destruction"
by Wayne Blank
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall"
The pagans, and God's people who corrupted themselves, also had their high places, not to "get closer to God," but to make themselves gods, a dual in meaning term in which they either created their own gods to worship, or actually made themselves or their political or religious (or political and religious, as was, and is, often their way e.g. a number of the Roman emperors either claimed to be, or were regarded as, "divine" - see also Emperor) leader into their god. One of earliest, and most famous examples of that is the city of Babel with its high tower: "let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven" (Genesis 11:4 KJV). They, and all others like them ever since, built their high places as a manifestation of their high mindedness toward God. They were haughty, an English word that originated from the Latin word altus (altitude originated from the same Latin word) which means arrogance - a state of having "high places" in the mind.
By definition, God's true people are strong, but humble, powerful, but gentle, regardless of their standing in their society or the world (see also No Class Struggles In Christianity), because they know that they are always under God, subject to God's Law and awaiting God's Judgment (see also When Will You Be Judged?). God's true people don't fear or revere the haughty and arrogant. They pity them for what is surely coming upon them if they don't repent.
"the afflicted people Thou wilt save: but Thine eyes are upon the haughty, that Thou mayest bring them down" (2 Samuel 22:28 KJV)
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