There is a difference between the kind of pride that YAHUAH hates (Proverbs 8:13) and the kind of pride we can feel about a job well done (Galatians 6:4) or the kind of pride we express over the accomplishment of loved ones (2 Corinthians 7:4). The kind of pride that stems from self-righteousness or conceit is sin, however, and YAHUAH hates it because it is a hindrance to seeking Him.

Psalm 10:4explains that the proud are so consumed with themselves that their thoughts are far from YAHUAH: “In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for YAHUAH.” This kind of haughty pride is the opposite of the spirit of humility that YAHUAH seeks: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). The “poor in spirit” are those who recognize their utter spiritual bankruptcy and their inability to come to YAHUAH aside from His divine grace. The proud, on the other hand, are so blinded by their pride that they think they have no need of YAHUAH or, worse, that YAHUAH should accept them as they are because they deserve His acceptance.