"Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, stife and reproach will cease." (Proverbs 22:10)Ironically (or not) I read yesterday Scriptures definition of a "scoffer."
"A proud and haughty man---'scoffer' is his name; He acts with arrogant pride." (Pr. 21:24)Webster's Dictionary definitions:
- "scoffer" = one that mocks, derides, or reproaches in a language of contempt
- "scorn" = to hold in extreme contempt; to think unworthy; to disdain; to slight; to disregard; to neglect
- "haughty" = proud and disdainful; having a high opinion of one's self, with some contempt for others; lofty and arrogant
- "proud" = daring; presumptuous; possessing a high or unreasonable conceit of one's own excellence, either of body or mind
As I write, I wonder how to apply this to my own life: rebellious teenagers aside. Who are the scoffers in my life? Will I also be obedient and cast them out? Who causes contention? --- From another angle, in what areas am I proud and haughty? O Lord, deliver me from those. We all know that pride goes before a fall.