May 22, 2008, 10:09 am
Filed under: Definitions, The Word, Word definitions


  1. The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn.
  2. The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.
  3. Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.


Leviticus 22:9
” ‘The priests are to keep my requirements so that they do not become guilty and die for treating them with contempt. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.

Numbers 14:11
The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?

Numbers 14:23
not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.

Deuteronomy 17:12
The man who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the LORD your God must be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel.

1 Samuel 2:17
This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD’s sight, for they were treating the LORD’s offering with contempt.

Job 12:5
Men at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.

Psalm 31:18
Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

Psalm 119:22
Remove from me scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.

Psalm 123:3
Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt.

Psalm 123:4
We have endured much ridicule from the proud, much contempt from the arrogant.

Proverbs 14:31
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Proverbs 17:5
He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 18:3
When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace.

Malachi 1:7
“You place defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the LORD’s table is contemptible.

Malachi 1:12
“But you profane it by saying of the Lord’s table, ‘It is defiled,’ and of its food, ‘It is contemptible.’


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