He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
– Proverbs 11:28
The contrast in this proverb is in the object of trust, or faith. Riches can be gained and lost. Proverbs views riches as short-lived and uncertain (Proverbs 23:5). To put trust in wealth is to fall, or come to ruin. At some point, riches will fail and hopes will be disappointed (Psalm 52:7; 62:10; Luke 12:20). The righteous are those who put their trust in the Lord. They may or may not have wealth, but that is not their refuge (Psalm 18:2). Because the righteous put their trust in the Lord, they will flourish (Psalm 52:8; 92:12-14).