A Word Study with Commentary
Definition 1: exaggerated pride or self-confidence
Definition 2: excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
Definition 3: Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
Definition 4: insulting, degrading treatment
The apostle Paul used the term “hubris” in the sense of Definition 4 (insulting, degrading treatment) in 2 Corinthians 12:10, where it is translated “reproaches” in the KJV.
2 Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches [Gr. hybris], in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Strong’s G1596 – hybris
- a) impudence, pride, haughtiness
2) a wrong springing from insolence, an injury, affront, insult
3) mental injury and wantonness of its infliction being prominent
4) injury inflicted by the violence of a tempest
It appears that there were some who did not treat the great apostle with the appropriate amount of respect and decorum, and were apparently rude and insulting in their speech and in their behavior toward him. Who but the presumptuously foolish would so ill-treat such a true Man of God?
I observe that hubris in thought becomes hubris in word and in deed.
It is sad to know that among the list of the apostle’s personal perils is the category of “false brethren”.
2 Corinthians 11:26
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
As bad as the trauma imposed by thieves and robbers, as bad as the shameful treatment he received at the hands of his own countrymen—was the pain and suffering inflicted upon Paul by men who called themselves apostolic preachers, but who in reality were shameless charlatans and “hubristic” hypocrites, some of whom were deliberately saying insincere things from pulpits, hoping to make things worse for him.
The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
I sometimes shake my head in disbelief at the things “apostolic” preachers say about and do to their fellow brethren.
Incredible, unbelievable, unmistakable and undeniable hubris….
Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle