Old Testament Word Study on Humility (Chart)

[They] cast their crowns before the throne, saying: You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

Revelation 4:10b,11

Describes humility of circumstanceDescribes humility of characterDescribes lowliness, constrasting it with exaltationDescribes submission to the will of another
God uses this in our lives…(related verb:‘anah)…to lead to this in our lives.Humility involves being willing to stoop low, to get involved and interact with others.Humility involves submission to God.
Focus is on ourselves.Focus is on ourselves.Focus is on others.Focus is on God.
A key Old Testament verse:
And you shalt remember that the LORD thy God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you did not know, that he might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 8:2-3)
A key Old Testament verse:
The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches his way. (Psalm 25:9)
A key Old Testament verse:
For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)
A key Old Testament verse:
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
A related New Testament verse:
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated his disciples came to him. (Matthew 5:1)
A related New Testament verse:
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
A related New Testament verse:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
A related New Testament verse:
But He gives more grace. Therefore he says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:6-7)


Rich Robinson | San Francisco

Scholar in Residence, Missionary

Rich has been on staff since 1978. He has served at several Jews for Jesus branches and was a pianist and songwriter with their music team, the Liberated Wailing Wall. He is now at the San Francisco headquarters, where he conducts research, writes and edits as the senior researcher. He is author of the books Christ in the Sabbath and The Day Jesus Did Tikkun Olam: Jewish Values and the New Testament, and co-author of Christ in the Feast of Pentecost. Rich received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.

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