Bible verses about vanity
The definition of vanity is having a lot of pride or conceit in your appearance or achievements. It also means worthless, emptiness, or something without value just like life apart from God is nothing.
Saying you’re a Christian, but living in rebellion is vanity. Competing with others and living for riches is vanity. We must be on guard from vanity because it can easily happen.
Mirrors can be so evil and harmful at times. They can have you coming back repeatedly to see yourself.
You look in the mirror for hours and you idolize your hair, to your face, to your body, to your clothes, and men idolize muscles.
It is so easy to idolize your body, I’ve done it before so I know. Be careful when it comes to mirrors. Remember God is the creator of all. He made us and gave us different abilities.
We are never to boast and be prideful of anything. As believers we are to always remain humble and be imitators of God. Being conceited is of the world.
Chasing worldly things like money is meaningless and it is dangerous. If you have been dealing with vanity repent and seek the things of above.
- Many people would be scared if they saw in the mirror not their faces, but their character.
- “Knowledge without humility is vanity.” A.W. Tozer
- “When blessed with wealth, let them withdraw from the competition of vanity and be modest, retiring from ostentation, and not be the slaves of fashion.” William Wilberforce
- “The human heart has so many crannies where vanity hides, so many holes where falsehood lurks, is so decked out with deceiving hypocrisy, that it often dupes itself.” John Calvin
What does the Bible say?
1. Proverbs 30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
2. Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
3. Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
4. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Don’t make yourself an idol
5. 1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
6. 1 Corinthians 10:14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Set yourself apart from the ways of the world.
7. 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
8. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
9. James 1:26 If anyone among you thinks to be religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, his religion is vain.
10. Ecclesiastes 4:4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless–like chasing the wind.
11. Ecclesiastes 5:10 Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!
12. Job 15:31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.
13. Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
14. Psalm 127:2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
It is never to be all about you.
15. Galatians 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
16. Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
17. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
18. Colossians 3:5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry
Boast in Christ
19. Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
20. Jeremiah 48:29 We have heard of the pride of Moab— he is very proud— of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart.
21. Isaiah 3:16-17 The LORD says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald.” In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces.
22. Jeremiah 4:29-30 At the sound of horsemen and archers every town takes to flight. Some go into the thickets; some climb up among the rocks. All the towns are deserted; no one lives in them. What are you doing, you devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels of gold? Why highlight your eyes with makeup? You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers despise you; they want to kill you.
1 Corinthians 4:7 For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?