6714 עָנִי (ʿā·nî): adj.; ≡ Str 6041; TWOT 1652d—1. LN 87.58–87.75 afflicted, oppressed, poor, i.e., pertaining to being a lowly, needy state, as a class of persons of low status in a society, usually of persons in fiscal poverty, implying a lack of resource (Ex 22:24), note: for NIV text in Eze 18:17, see 6404; 2. LN 88.51–88.58 humble, gentle, i.e., pertaining to being unpretentious and straightforward, suggesting a lack of arrogance, hubris, or pride (Pr 3:34 K; Zec 9:9), note: for NIV text in Eze 18:17, see 6404
For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—His way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
SCORN, SCORNFUL Dislike that turns to contempt and derision. “Scorn” often appears in some Bible translations where “scoff” appears in others. Scorn is often expressed by laughter (2 Kings 19:21; 2 Chron. 30:10). In deep trouble psalmists often felt themselves scorned (Pss. 22:6; 31:11; 39:8; 44:13; 80:6; 89:41; 119:22; 123:4). God scorns the wicked (Prov. 3:34), who, in turn, scorn Him (2 Sam. 12:14). When His people refuse to be faithful, God can scorn them and their worship, expressed in destruction (Lam. 2:7). See Scoffer.
A CONTRITE HEART. BASIL THE GREAT: He who has despised present things, and has given himself to the word of God and is using his mind for thoughts that are above and are more divine, he would be the one who has a contrite heart and has made it a sacrifice that is not despised by the Lord. For “a contrite and humbled heart, O God, you will not despise.” … He who has no vanity and is not proud of anything human, he is the one who is contrite in heart and humble of spirit. HOMILIES ON THE PSALMS 16.12 (Ps 34).
I. דַּכָּא contrite (crushed) — contrite.
II. דַּכָּא n.[m.] dust (as pulverized).
con•trite \ˈkän-ˌtrīt, kən-ˈ\ adjective
[Middle English contrit, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin contritus, from Latin, past participle of conterere to grind, bruise, from com- + terere to rub—more at THROW] 14th century: feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming 〈a contrite criminal〉 〈a contrite apology〉 〈contrite sighs〉—con•trite•ly adverb—con•trite•ness noun
contrition (Lat. contritio, ‘a wearing away of something hard’). Contrition is a form of interior repentance, defined by the Council of *Trent as ‘sorrow of heart and detestation of sin committed, with the purpose of not sinning in future’ (sess. 14, cap. 4). Moral theologians commonly hold that to be real it must have its grounds in the love of God, and hence distinguish it from *attrition (q.v.), an imperfect form of sorrow for sin, inspired by such lower motives as the fear of punishment. The classic utterance of the contrite heart in the OT is the *Miserere (Ps. 51). In the Gospels the need for contrition is taught esp. in the Parables of the Prodigal Son (Lk. 15:11–32) and of the Pharisee and the Publican (Lk. 18:9–14).
▼ E1 God opposes the proud
The proud, God knows from afar (Ps. 138:6); I hate pride and arrogance (Prov. 8:13); I am against you, arrogant one (Jer. 50:31); the Lord hates haughty eyes (Prov. 6:17); I loathe the pride of Jacob (Amos 6:8); God opposes the proud (Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5); God will abase the proud (Isa. 2:12); the Lord planned to demean the pride of all beauty (Isa. 23:9); your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low (2 Sam. 22:28); the Lord requites those who act proudly (Ps. 31:23); those who walk in pride he is able to humble (Dan. 4:37); he has scattered the proud (Luke 1:51); I will make the pride of the strong to cease (Ezek. 7:24); you abase haughty eyes (Ps. 18:27); you rebuke the arrogant (Ps. 119:21); render recompense to the proud! (Ps. 94:2); the Lord tears down the house of the proud (Prov. 15:25); the Lord will punish the arrogance of Assyria (Isa. 10:12); I will destroy the pride of Judah and Jerusalem (Jer. 13:9); I will cut off the pride of the Philistines (Zech. 9:6); all the proud of the earth will bow down before him (Ps. 22:29).