Proverbs 18:12

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

Read Proverbs 18:12 Using Other Translations

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.

What does Proverbs 18:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 18:12

Before destruction the heart of man is haughty
Lifted up with his riches. Rich men are apt to be highminded, and therefore are to be charged and cautioned against it; they are apt to look above their poor neighbours, and with contempt upon them; and very often this haughtiness of theirs is a presage of their ruin and destruction: and those haughty airs are put on from the pride of their hearts, when a "breach" is near, as the word F21 signifies, or when they are ready to break; however, their haughty spirits are, sooner or later, humbled by one distressing providence or another; see ( Proverbs 16:18 ) ; and before honour [is] humility; (See Gill on Proverbs 15:33).


FOOTNOTES:

F21 (rbv ynpl) "ante confractionem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Schultens.
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