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An uncomfortable feeling of guilt and humiliation, usually arising from sin or failure.

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Shame is to be avoided

Psalm 25:2 NKJV
O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me.
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Causes of shame

Military defeat

2 Kings 19:26 NKJV
Therefore their inhabitants had little power; They were dismayed and confounded; They were as the grass of the field And the green herb, As the grass on the housetops And grain blighted before it is grown.

Natural afflictions

Luke 1:25 NKJV
“Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”
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Humiliation by an enemy

Psalm 69:19 NKJV
You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You.
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Revelation 3:18 NKJV
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
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The sin of relations or associates

Proverbs 14:34 NKJV
Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.

Heathen gods as a source of shame

“Bosheth” means “shame”. According to 1Ch 8:33 he was originally Ish-Baal, but the name “Baal”, subsequently associated with a heathen god, was changed by later writers to “Bosheth”.
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Shame as a divine judgment

Jeremiah 23:40 NKJV
And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.’ ”
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Shame brought upon God’s enemies

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Shame as guilt for sin

Ezra 9:6 NKJV
And I said: “O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens.
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Shame may lead to repentance

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Some people are without shame

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Jesus Christ bore shame

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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The temptation of being ashamed of Jesus Christ and the cross

Mark 8:38 NKJV
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
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Those who trust in God will not be put to shame

Psalm 25:3 NKJV
Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
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