Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
– Proverbs 14:34
The scope of Proverbs is usually the individual, but in some places it’s broadened. Here, Solomon speaks to a nation and people. The word for righteousness means justice. A nation that pursues rightness and justice is exalted or lifted up. A nation that tolerates and approves sin by enculturating and codifying it, is brought to shame (Proverbs 11:11; Romans 1:32).