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18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit (humility) among the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:18 - 19)

13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with (those who have humility, 11:2).

34 Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he shows favor. (3:34)

1. My son, if you are surety for your friend, if you have struck your hands in a pledge with a stranger, 2. You are snared with the words of your mouth, and you are caught with the words of your mouth - 3. Then my son, do this now, and deliver yourself when you have come into the hand of your friend: go, humble yourself and make your friend sure. (6:1 - 3)

10 By insolence the heedless make strife, but wisdom is with those who take advice. (13:10)

3 The talk of fools is a rod for their backs, but the lips of the wise preserve them. (14:3)

25 The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but maintains the widow's boundaries. (15:25)

33 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor. (15:33)

5 All those who are arrogant are an abomination to the LORD; be assured, they will not go unpunished. (16:5)

World's Wit and Wisdom
When a proud man hears
another praised, he feels
himself injured.
English proverb

A fanatic is a man who does what
he thinks the Lord would do if He
knew the facts of the case.
Finley Peter Dunne, 1865 - 1936

19 One who loves transgression loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites broken bones. (17:19)

11 The wealth of the rich is their strong city; in their imagination it is like a high wall.  12 Before destruction one's heart is haughty, but humility goes before honor. (Proverbs 18:11 - 12)

6 Many proclaim themselves loyal, but who can find one worthy of trust? (20:6)

4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart - the lamp of the wicked - are sin. (21:4)

4 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. (22:4)

14 Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of a gift never given. (25:14)

27 It is not good to eat much honey, or to seek honor on top of honor. (25:27)

World's Wit and Wisdom
It is well to remember that the entire
population of the universe,
with one trifling exception,
is composed of others.
Andrew J. Holmes, 1946

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
Francois Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

Love of fame is the last thing
even learned men can bear
to be parted from.
Cornelius Tacitus, c. 56 - 120

12 Do you see persons wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for fools than for them. (Proverbs 26:12)

16 The lazy person is wiser in self-esteem than seven who can answer discreetly. (26:16)

1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. 2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth a stranger, and not your own lips. (27:1 - 2)

11 The rich is wise in self-esteem, but an intelligent poor person sees through the pose. (28:11)

25 The greedy person stirs up strife, but whoever trusts in the LORD will be enriched. (28:25)

12 There are those who are pure in their own eyes yet are not cleansed of their filthiness.  13 There are those - how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift! (30:12 - 13)

32 If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth. (30:32)

23. A man's pride shall bring him low, but honor shall uphold (those who possess humility) in spirit. (Proverbs 29:23)

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