The sin of pride is at the top of God’s list.
Continuing in a consideration of sin and sins, the writer now lists seven sins that are especially hateful to God. At the top of the list is the sin of pride, frequently mentioned in the Bible as a sin, from the garden of Eden where the temptation is to “be like God” (Genesis 3:5) through the tower of Babel story (Genesis 11:1-9) through the prophets (note Isaiah, son of Amoz, who prophesied in Jerusalem, is included among the prophets of the eighth century B.C.E. (along with Amos, Hosea, and Micah)--preachers who boldly proclaimed God's word of judgment against the economic, social, and religious disorders of their time. More 2:11-22). The early and medieval church considered pride, here described as “haughty eyes,” as one of the “seven deadly sins” (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride). The idea is that when one’s eyes are lifted up, one “looks down one’s nose” at all others.