If someone says I have haughty eyes does that mean I am bad? Good question. There was a popular song from fifty years ago that captured this haughty idea perfectly:
“You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht Your hat strategically dipped below one eye; Your scarf it was apricot You had one eye in the mirror, as you watched yourself gavotte. And all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner, they’d be your partner and You’re so vain You probably think this song is about you… don’t you, don’t you?”
Written by: Simon, Carly E.
The expression “haughty eyes” is a figure of speech for pride and arrogance. In contemporary English, we say the haughty look down on someone.
“There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, and yet is not washed from its filthiness. There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up (Proverbs 30:13).”
Have you met someone with that arrogant attitude? We all have. Have you worked with someone who refused to perform a part of their job required of everyone else? And it wasn’t because they couldn’t work for some reason; they thought they were too good to do such a menial job. They refused to lower themselves to your level. I’m sure you remember how you felt.
Noses in Air
The Jewish leaders looked down (their noses) on the common people during Jesus’ time, They saw them as the unwashed multitude:
- Unclean because they didn’t keep the leader’s rules.
- They despised their lack of education.
- They thought they were sinners cursed by God.
Pride is a barrier to entering the Kingdom of God:
“Children (Jesus referring to His disciples), how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle…. (Mark 10:24-25).”
Can’t Enter the Kingdom of God
What’s a “Rich Man”
Jesus said a rich man couldn’t enter the Kingdom of God. The view in the disciples’ culture was that God had specially blessed the person with riches and status, and His blessing was because they deserved it. In contrast, if a person was poor or disabled, God disapproved of them, and they deserved their condition because they had sinned.
When Jesus and other Bible writers referred to a “rich man,” they emphasized the pride and self-sufficiency of the wealthy. Someone can be that type of rich man without wealth, but that’s not the norm for the disadvantaged. Because the rich live a comparatively easy life–they have everything money can buy–they’re unwilling to give up anything to follow Jesus. To give up what they have now, even for the promise of a hundred-fold return in eternity, takes faith.
God Tells Us About a Haughty Look
- (Psalm 101:5): “Whoever has a haughty look and a proud heart I will not endure.”
- (Prov. 6:17): “These…things the Lord hates: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.”
- (Proverbs 8:13): “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance….”
- (Proverbs 21:4): “A high look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin.”
- (Isa. 5:15): “The common man shall be brought down, and the great man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.”
Jesus didn’t come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He–though innocent Himself–died on the cross to provide our salvation.
A haughty eye is arrogant and looks down on others
If someone says I have haughty eyes does that mean I am bad? Jesus said an attitude of pride keeps someone from entering the Kingdom of God. God despises a haughty look, and Jesus came to serve God and humans by dying on the cross to provide salvation for those who believe. You can believe in Him today and be saved! Do you want to be saved today? Read this article to find out more.