Proverbs 16:18
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New International Version
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

New Living Translation
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

English Standard Version
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

New American Standard Bible
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

King James Bible
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.

International Standard Version
Pride precedes destruction; an arrogant spirit appears before a fall.

NET Bible
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Disgrace is before ruin and pride of spirit before misfortune.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

King James 2000 Bible
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

American King James Version
Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

American Standard Version
Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Pride goeth before destruction: and the spirit is lifted up before a fall.

Darby Bible Translation
Pride [goeth] before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

English Revised Version
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Webster's Bible Translation
Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

World English Bible
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Young's Literal Translation
Before destruction is pride, And before stumbling -- a haughty spirit.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Pride goeth before destruction. A maxim continually enforced (see Proverbs 11:2; Proverbs 17:19; Proverbs 18:12). Here is the contrast to the blessing on humility promised (Proverbs 15:33). A haughty spirit - a lifting up of spirit - goeth before a fall (comp. Daniel 4:29, etc). Thus, according to Herodotus (7:10), Artabanus warned the arrogant Xerxes, "Seest thou how God strikes with the thunder animals which overtop others, and suffers them not to vaunt themselves, but the small irritate him not? And seest thou how he hurls his bolts always against the mightiest buildings and the loftiest trees? For God is wont to cut short whatever is too highly exalted" (comp. Horace, 'Carm.,' 2:10.9, etc.). Says the Latin adage, "Qui petit alta nimis, retro lapsus ponitur imis." Caesar, 'Bell. Gall.,' 1:14, "Consuesse Deos immortales, quo gravius homines ex commutatione rerum doleant, quos pro sceiere eorum ulcisci velint, his secundiores interdum re, et diuturuiorem impunitatem concedere." The Chinese say, "Who flies not high falls not low;" and, "A great tree attracts the wind." The Basque proverb remarks, "Pride sought flight in heaven, fell to hell." And an Eastern one, "What is extended will tear; what is long will break" (Lane).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Pride goeth before destruction,.... As it did in the angels that sinned, who, through pride, fell into condemnation, not being able to bear the thought that the human nature, in the person of the Son of God, should be advanced above theirs; and as it did in our first parents, who, not content with their present state and circumstances, and ambitious of being as gods, knowing good and evil, ruined themselves and all their posterity; and as it has done in many of their sons, as in Haman, Nebuchadnezzar, and others;

and a haughty spirit before a fall; or, "a high spirit", or "height of spirit" (i); a man that carries his head high; looks upwards, and not to his goings, sees not at what he may stumble, and so falls: moreover, the bigger a person or thing is, the greater is the fall; and very often when a man has got to the height of his riches and honour, and is swelling with pride and vanity on account of it, he is on the precipice of ruin, and his fall is immediate; which was the case of Nebuchadnezzar, who while he was expressing himself in the haughtiness of his spirit, being in the height of his glory, his kingdom departed from him, Daniel 4:30; and this will be the case of the man of sin, or antichrist, Revelation 18:7.

(i) "elitio spiritus", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "altitudo spiritus", Piscator; "celstudo aniimi", Cocceius; "altifrons elatio spiritus", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18, 19. (Compare Pr 15:33). Haughtiness and pride imply self-confidence which produces carelessness, and hence

a fall—literally, "sliding."

Proverbs 16:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life. 18Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 17:42
He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.

Proverbs 8:13
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Proverbs 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 17:19
Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

Proverbs 18:12
Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 29:23
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

Jeremiah 49:16
The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle's, from there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 29:9
Egypt will become a desolate wasteland. Then they will know that I am the LORD. "'Because you said, "The Nile is mine; I made it,"

Obadiah 1:3
The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, 'Who can bring me down to the ground?'
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Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 17:19 He loves transgression that loves strife: and he that exalts his …

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Esther 3:5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, …

Esther 6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said to him, What shall be done to …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Isaiah 2:11,12 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men …

Isaiah 37:10-13,38 Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not your …

Daniel 4:30-37 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

Daniel 5:22,24 And you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though …

Obadiah 1:3,4 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you that dwell in the clefts …

Matthew 26:33-35,74 Peter answered and said to him, Though all men shall be offended …

Romans 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by …

1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation …

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