Pride in Proverbs

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 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).

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).

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

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


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A proud and haughty scorner is his name who acts with arrogant rage (Proverbs 21:24).

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


Head of young man
Head of young man
Albrecht Durer, 1503

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).

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

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

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

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

All those who are arrogant are an abomination to the Lord; be assured, they will not go unpunished (Proverbs 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

Usually we praise
only to be praised.
Francois Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor (Proverbs 29:23).

Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor (Proverbs 18:12).

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

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

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

It is not good to eat much honey, or to seek honor on top of honor (Proverbs 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

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

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

It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud (Proverbs 16:19).

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

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

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

The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out (Proverbs 28:11).

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

Only by pride comes contention, but with those who take advice is wisdom (Proverbs 13:10).

In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them (Proverbs 14:3).

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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Proverbs by Topic!
Introduction
Adultery    -    Alcohol (Wine)    -    Anger
Blessings    -    Children    -    Correction
Debt    -    Envy    -    Fear of the Lord
Fools    -    God Hates    -    Good and Evil
Happiness    -    Health    -    Hope and Mercy
Justice    -    Laziness    -    The Mouth
Parents    -    Poverty    -    Pride
Trials    -    Trust & Faith    -    Truth and Lies
Virtuous Wife    -    Way of the Lord   -    Wealth
Wisdom    -    The Wise    -    Women


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